I’ve been so overwhelmed to have been shortlisted for two new craft awards in the UK this September;
Firstly for the inaugural Craeftiga Prize hosted by Hole & Corner Magazine for The British Craft Pavillion at The London Design Fair. This award was founded to identify makers born after 1982 who’s work shows skill in innovation, material, technique and sustainability. I feel incredibly honoured to have been shortlisted along with an amazing selection of contemporary young makers across multiple craft disciplines; jewellery, ceramics, wood & glass, all displaying creative innovation from sculptural pieces to product design.
I have also been shortlisted for the Neptune Craft Initiative, created by British interiors brand Neptune; I’ve been interviewed and featured in their latest publication, Stories for Autumn. You can order a free copy via the link here; Neptune Stories.
Bright Moon Weaving Studio : New Online Shop
I’m exceptionally proud to offer my new online shop Bright Moon Weaving Studio which will stock my studio textiles and pieces by collaborators and allied artists. The blog will continue to host my articles, updates and newsletters, and it felt like the right time to launch a stand-alone shop and grown my work into that space.
The Selkie is my debut collection of interior textiles for Autumn-Winter 2018, featuring large blankets and throws for the home. I will be offering studio batch-collections throughout the season as they are made. As a contemporary craft maker and also a parent of young children, my working day is now evolving into a rhythm of making that feels sustainable and enjoyable, and a way to fully integrate my life. I really do look forward to making more work this autumn and developing new textures in my yarn spinning.
I’ve had a few queries about my wearable wraps, so I will plan for a selection of these in the near future. If you would like to go on the preview list for wraps, you can drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the contact form in the shop and i’ll send out a notice once they are ready.
The Future Kept have become my first UK stockist, and I’m thrilled about it! Jeska & Dean have such a wonderful vision of curated pieces for the home, and they take really amazing photoshoots of their selected items. It’s so important to me to connect with stockists who understand the nature of slow-craft and respect for the seasonal making cycle, plus they really understand the needs and aesthetics of their loyal customer base.
Across the pond, I’ve connected with visionary interior designer Judith Liegeois in Naples, Florida, who has been an amazing supporter in these early days of my studio, and she is including my work in her current designs and gallery setting. I’ve really enjoyed working with Judith to discuss the needs of her clients who live in a warmer climate and also want textiles for the home. It’s been great to reconnect with my experience of living in the heat of Australia, and creating pieces that are lighter weight and yet still warm, comforting and luxurious.
It’s wonderful to be able to offer a second printed edition of The Selkie, which is currently being edited by my publisher and will be ready to dispatch in November, here is a pre-order link in my shop.
My photographic collaborator Michaela Meadow has just finished her MA study, and her stunning book An Island Muse is now available as a limited edition via her website.
Here is my exhibition schedule for the last quarter of 2018;
Weaving in Circles; nest, shell and web
Make Makers Workshop @ ONCA
Saturday October 13th 2018
Custom House Gallery, Edinburgh
October 27th – November 5th 2018
MADE Brighton hosted by Tutton & Young
St. Bartholomew’s Church
Saturday November 24th 2018
Artists & Makers Fair
Lewes Town Hall
Saturday December 1st 2018
Artists Open Houses Christmas Festival,
24 & 25 November
1 & 2 December
8 & 9 December
All best wishes,
All images copyright Imogen Di Sapia 2018