The UK fair for contemporary craft and design made an upbeat return to London's Somerset House for the first time since the onset of the pandemic
The excitement felt by the gallerists at this year's Collect was palpable. Last year was necessarily a digital affair and its return to Somerset House - 31 galleries participated physically this year - was widely welcomed........
At the stand of gallery Cavaliero Finn, co-founded by Juliana Cavaliero and Debra Finn, which curates exhibitions in London and the South West, I spotted the intriguingly patterned ceramic vessels of Frances Priest. These recall Islamic ceramic tiles, though in fact make broader references. Her eclectic approach springs from one of her biggest inspirations, a compendium of patterns from around the world compiled by Victorian architect and designer Owen Jones. “Frances’s father gave her a copy of it when she was a child and its many patterns fascinated her,” explains Finn.
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