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