Ten Out Of Ten, an exhibition featuring designer-makers from 10 years of The Contemporary Craft Festival, is at Devon Guild Of Craftsmen at Bovey Tracey this summer.
Held in Bovey Tracey every June, the Contemporary Craft Festival turns the town into something of an annual arts and craft destination.
Devon Guild Of Craftsmen have been directors of the festival, along with organiser Sarah James, since it began 10 years ago. And now they will celebrate the birthday decade by holding Ten Out Of Ten.
Ten exhibitors have earned their place through winning prestigious awards at the craft festival over the years – from best emerging maker to best stand.
They are Virginia Graham, Andrew Potter, Margo Selby, Cleo Mussi, Lizzie Farey, Helaina Sharpley, Adele Brereton, Anja Keeley, John Luff, and Dionne Swift.
While it is a sample of the best of the festival over the years, the guild also asked the winning makers to create something new – launch a new product or show something that they wouldn’t necessarily sell on a stand.
Stroud-based mosaic artist Cleo Mussi, whose work is pictured above, is bringing new pieces illustrating a critical approach to human over-consumption.
Sculptor Helaina Sharpley, whose work has been purchased by David Hockney, is able to pursue her ‘personal Edwardian obsession’ in a series of beautiful wire sculptures.
Dionne Swift – a Goldsmiths graduate – shows her departure with textiles based on the elements, using the sewing machine thread as a drawing tool.
Stallholders at the craft festival have made a success out of people’s appreciation for hand-crafted objects. Ten Out Of Ten gives us some of the best. As they lead the way in design and execution, this show helps us understand what makes a winner.
Ten Out Of Ten is at Devon Guild Of Craftsmen from May 4 to June 16, 2013. Admission is free – see the Devon Guild Of Craftsmen website for details.