STAY HOME // Exhibition 3 - 7 May

It is an absolute delight and pleasure to present STAY HOME, an exhibition of work by 4 remarkable Makers.
Sebastian Cox, Luke Hope, Florian Gadsby and Elliott Denny are each presenting new work in celebration of staying at home, of eating-in. The show also celebrates our home-grown talent.
The exhibition is part of London Craft Week.

Stay Home Exhibition
Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th May 2017. 
10am - 7pm* 
Simple Shape Studio, Ashby Mews, London, SE4 1TE

Please come and visit us if you can. Any enquiries or questions, as always, please get in touch: hello@simple-shape.com
[*except Friday 5th May exhibition closes at 5pm]

New work by Florian Gadsby

New work by Florian Gadsby

The exhibition is part of the third London Craft Week and it is wonderful to have been chosen by the LCW panel to participate (thank you!). But not only that...it feels like a real privilege to be able to work with such interesting, talented, relentlessly enthusiastic and all round lovely people as the four involved in this show. Thank you guys!

New work by Luke Hope

New work by Luke Hope

Simple Shape's 'What We Saw' Review: 2. Do Ho Suh, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

This is the second of our new 'What We Saw' strand, a minuscule monthly review of the best thing (maybe art, dance, drama, food...?) I've seen over the last month. This time I went to the Victoria Miro Gallery in Wharf Road, a place I've never visited before to see an artist that I knew nothing about.
I went because I've read and seen incredible things and I wanted to see if the hype was valid.

DO HO SUH: PASSAGE/S
Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London, N1
until 18 March 2017

Detail from Exit Series, 2016; placed in light boxes in the vast upstairs gallery with it's round window and imposing exposed rafters the 8 pieces of Exit Series, ordinary household fixtures and fittings; lightbulbs, switches, entry buzzers, hold the space quietly.

Detail from Exit Series, 2016; placed in light boxes in the vast upstairs gallery with it's round window and imposing exposed rafters the 8 pieces of Exit Series, ordinary household fixtures and fittings; lightbulbs, switches, entry buzzers, hold the space quietly.

It was. Using fabric and stitch to make two-dimensional 'drawings' and architectural works this is one of the most incredible shows I think I've ever seen. Mesmerizing in its detail. Quiet in tone. Breathtaking in scale. And thought provoking, especially in our time of hurry and rush, see and do.

Even in wanting to see Do Ho Suh's Passage/s I was well aware of having fallen at the first hurdle, "We tend to focus on the destination all the time and forget the in-between spaces". In my urgency not to miss out, what did I miss on the way? I've been left wondering.

Images in no particular order. None of these images do the work justice (apologies Do Ho Suh).

Passage/s, 2105; a walk-through configuration of meticulously replicated places that Do Ho Suh has lived and worked. Formed in stainless steel at one-to-one scale in richly coloured polyester fabric, these are transitory, connecting spaces are the mundane "getting from a to b" places that nobody really sees.

Passage/s, 2105; a walk-through configuration of meticulously replicated places that Do Ho Suh has lived and worked. Formed in stainless steel at one-to-one scale in richly coloured polyester fabric, these are transitory, connecting spaces are the mundane "getting from a to b" places that nobody really sees.

Entrance Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street NY; thread drawing on gelatine sheet (when the gelatine tissue is immersed in water the gelatine dissolves and the skeletal stitched framework is left).

Entrance Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street NY; thread drawing on gelatine sheet (when the gelatine tissue is immersed in water the gelatine dissolves and the skeletal stitched framework is left).

Detail from Main Entrance, 348 West 22nd Street NY

Detail from Main Entrance, 348 West 22nd Street NY

Door handle detail, polyester fabric stretched over stainless steel.

Door handle detail, polyester fabric stretched over stainless steel.

Exit Series, string on lights.

Exit Series, string on lights.

The round window in the upstairs Gallery at the Victoria Miro, Wharf Road.

The round window in the upstairs Gallery at the Victoria Miro, Wharf Road.


I went with my photographer friend Alex Dao, she took some super pictures, make sure you look at her Instagram for her pictures and thoughts too.

STAY HOME // Simple Shape x London Craft Week

Stay Home + Stay Home Dinner
Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th May 2017. 10am - 7pm* 
Simple Shape Studio, Ashby Mews, London, SE4 1TE

Two years ago I 'conveniently' coincided the launch of Simple Shape with the inaugural London Craft Week - an initiative that I was sure would be a great thing for UK craft and I secretly hoped that at some point in the future Simple Shape would be able to participate. Fast forward to this May 2017 and I am very proud to announce that Simple Shape will be presenting STAY HOME, an exhibition of crafted pieces that recognises our homegrown British craft talent and celebrates the simple pleasure of staying-in and dinning at home.

[*except Friday 5th May exhibition closes at 5pm]

Luke Hope; work-in-progress

Luke Hope; work-in-progress

When I began Simple Shape I decided that I only ever wanted to work with 'good people, making good things' so, sticking firmly to my founding principal for this special exhibition I have gathered together a small group of truly excellent makers, who also happen to be really great people! Held in our Studio in South East London and open to the public, the exhibition will centre round a dining table made by the award-winning British furniture designer Sebastian Cox. We will lay the table with hand thrown ceramic place settings by the emerging talent Florian Gadsby and ceramic accessories by the potter Elliott Denny. These will sit alongside brand new work from wood worker Luke Hope who in a departure from his elegant spoon work will show striking wooden platters. 

Florian Gadsby; work in progress

Florian Gadsby; work in progress

In addition to the exhibition I am really excited to be hosting Stay Home Dinner. Very simply, a dinner, at home. Given that avocado on toast is my culinary masterpiece I won't be cooking! An incredible three course dinner is being designed and created by chef, food stylist and event producer Olivia Bennett. Dinner guests will be invited to view the exhibition, enjoy specially created cocktails and take part in a making event. They will then join the exhibitions Makers for dinner and conversation. If you'd like to come for dinner, please click here for tickets.

Olivia Bennett; chef, food stylist, event producer

Olivia Bennett; chef, food stylist, event producer

Olivia Bennett; chef, food stylist & event producer

Olivia Bennett; chef, food stylist & event producer

Simple Shape's 'What We Saw' Review: 1. Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London

This is the first of a new Journal strand: 'What We Saw'. It will be a monthly review of sorts. Our take on the exhibitions, talks, events, shows, things and stuff that we manage to get to and think you might enjoy too. It won't be an exhaustive guide, just a tiny, hopefully relevant, offering.

COLLECT
Saatchi Gallery, King's Road, London, SW3
2-6 February 2017

Sarah Myerscough Gallery, one of, if not THE most exceptional stand

Sarah Myerscough Gallery, one of, if not THE most exceptional stand

This week sees the return of COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Object, presented by the Crafts Council and housed in the Saatchi Gallery. The fair spreads across a series of rooms and floors and is a demonstration of the highest quality craft absorbing all disciplines; ceramics, wood, glass, textiles and metal at all scales. Huge wall mounted sculpture sits alongside furniture which rest next to intricate jewellery pieces. And then there is the Grayson Perry 'experience'...

Irina Razumovskaya's butter-soft looking porcelain & stoneware sets on the Milanese stand of Officine Saffi were amongst my highlights. 

Irina Razumovskaya's butter-soft looking porcelain & stoneware sets on the Milanese stand of Officine Saffi were amongst my highlights. 

Amongst the recognised names and galleries there were treasures. I couldn't take a good enough picture but I couldn't tear myself from the Lauren Nauman works on the Flow Gallery stands. It was breathtaking.
Also, the monochrome work shown on the Jagged Art stand by ceramic artist Valéria Nascimento was exceptional. I happened to pass her stand just as she was giving a talk about process, which was fascinating.

Maria Kristofersson's earthenware and wax works were somehow like drawings. 

Maria Kristofersson's earthenware and wax works were somehow like drawings. 

Terrible photo of the exquisite intricate jewellery collection by Valéria Nascimento for Jagged Art London.

Terrible photo of the exquisite intricate jewellery collection by Valéria Nascimento for Jagged Art London.

Julie Cope's Grand Tour by Grayson Perry. GO AND SEE THIS.

Julie Cope's Grand Tour by Grayson Perry. GO AND SEE THIS.

What I wanted most of all though was to have the ability to clear the gallery of people and noise and to have the time to immerse myself in every word of Julie Cope's Grand Tour. In peace. It was busy and a bit of a scramble and I didn't take it in properly but the two tapestries are simply staggering. Grayson Perry = genius. 

Other things to seek out and see...

Really beautifully balanced pieces on the Irthi stand. Irthi is an initiative established as part of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment.

Really beautifully balanced pieces on the Irthi stand. Irthi is an initiative established as part of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment.

One of a series of three ceramic wall-mounted framed pieces. These exceptional, peacful feeling works by Park Sung-Wook were shown by the Korean Craft & Design Foundation.

One of a series of three ceramic wall-mounted framed pieces. These exceptional, peacful feeling works by Park Sung-Wook were shown by the Korean Craft & Design Foundation.

Eleanor Lakelin's piece balanced like a moon on the Sarah Myerscough stand

Eleanor Lakelin's piece balanced like a moon on the Sarah Myerscough stand

Under The Lens: Alexandra Dao & Simple Shape Studio / Part One

In December my friend Alexandra Dao came to our Christmas Pop-Up shop in my studio and brought her camera. She took a beautiful series of pictures: Simple Shape Studio Part One. It's such an unexpected pleasure to see how Simple Shape is seen through another lens!

Once you've had a look at these images go and visit Alex's website and check out her Instagram. Alex's 'take' on her surroundings is really quite special, she has an an almost filmic way of seeing. Her pictures are atmospheric and rich, but also often vulnerable and delicate too. alexandradao.com

Light show

Light show

Wooden owl

Wooden owl

Oak trivet

Oak trivet

Porcelain cups

Porcelain cups

Concrete planter

Concrete planter