Radical Acts: Why Craft Matters features 15 exhibitors from across the UK.
Mac Collins is an emerging designer from Nottingham, committed to designing and making narrative rich furniture and objects that have impact. He recently won the Emerging Design Medal at the 2021 London Design Festival.
Founded by Patrick Grant, Blackburn-based Community Clothing was launched with a simple goal – to sell great quality, affordable clothing and sustain and create great jobs in the UK’s textile making regions.
Sebastian & Brogan Cox design and make for a better future in a forward-thinking, zero-waste, carbon-counting workshop and studio in London, England. The husband and wife duo have won several awards, and have released a manifesto on how we can meet modern demands by putting nature first.
Ilse Crawford is a designer, teacher and creative director. She has pioneered humanistic design in its real life application to environments, objects and experiences, by addressing true human needs (not manufactured ones).
A recent graduate on the MA Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins, Eunhye Ko has reinvented classic household items by ditching plastic components and replacing them with sustainable, hand-crafted parts.
London-based Mexican designer Fernando Laposse specialises in transforming humble natural materials into refined design pieces. He has worked extensively with overlooked plant fibers such as sisal, loofah and corn leaves.
Margent is a hemp farm located in Cambridgeshire. Committed to practicing organic and regenerative farming methods, their hemp is grown and used to create product prototypes, including fibre panels for the building industry, in order to inspire a low-impact circular economy.
A multidisciplinary designer, working to create products and exhibitions, alongside writing and curating, Michael Marriott’s work relates to the application of everyday materials and the processes employed in them.
Bobby Mills creates items by developing a deep connection with wood from trees of the British landscape. His work is a collaboration with nature, as he directly responds to the fundamental grain structures and character of each piece he works with.
Metalsmith Francisca Onumah works with sheet metal to create ambiguous sculptural objects that display an anthropomorphic disposition, drawn to finding character and human like semblance in inanimate objects.
Good Foundations International
Good Foundations International is a non-profit, social justice organisation focused on using clay-based solutions to address the problems of poverty. They work with rural communities in a sustainable working model. One such project helps provide clean, potable water through their items.
Textile artist Celia Pym has been exploring damage and repair in textiles since 2007. Working with garments that belong to individuals as well as items in museum archives, she has extensive experience with the spectrum and stories of damage, from small moth holes to larger accidents with fire.
Retrouvius are driven by the belief that good materials and well-made things are precious. Founded in 1993 by Adam Hills and Maria Speake, the destination salvage company and its acclaimed design studio are based in Kensal Green, London.
Robin Wood is passionate about traditional woodwork, about the value of people working with their hands and sharing the joy of these things with others. He principally makes traditional wooden bowls on a foot powered lathe, carves wooden spoons and makes tools to help others learn to carve.
Ceramicist Bisila Noha uses clay from Equatorial Guinea as a medium to explore her dual Spanish/Equatorial Guinean heritage. As well as exploring her own identity through clay, Bisila is on a quest to bring forgotten female African potters into the spotlight.
The Harewood Biennial is generously supported by Arts Council England
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