Hole & Corner: Material issue
Something in the Water
Not content with being one of the few artists using fish leather as the prime raw material in her work, Kari Furre is also one of the pioneers of wild swimming in the UK (‘We used to call it going for a swim,’ she deadpans). One thing’s for sure: there’s a lot happening under the surface…
Welcome to a retrospective of an exciting year at Guilded including the introduction of new artists, new work and involvement in recent projects and press.
I am delighted that a new website is under development, designed to enable you to get under the skin of the skill of Guilded makers and the bespoke commission potential in their work. We will announce its launch in the coming weeks.
Earlier this month I collaborated with Decaso.com for their piece ‘A Guide to Bespoke’, written to demystify labels such as limited edition, customised and bespoke, and to encourage commissioning as a route to achieving a truly unique work of art or furnishing.
One example featured is the huge 120cm Iris convex mirror commissioned from a prototype by Tom Palmer.
This extraordinary mirror was then followed by a series exploring new materials and technique, available to purchase and commission to custom size and orientation. Featured below is the Sumi brushwork mirror, realised with palladium and glass and offering multiple layers of reflectivity.
I am also delighted to be introducing new artists to the Guilded fold. Over the summer I met Suzi Joel whose multi-disciplinary practice explores connections, weaving materials from wool to detached bryozoan collected from the seashore with a narrative that just keeps on revealing new layers.
Textile artist and designer Anna Gravelle meanwhile works with what is believed to be the only tufting machine in private hands and Guilded is delighted to be presenting her wall hung textile ‘Murmuration’ which has attracted interest as far afield as San Francisco.
I am delighted to have launched Guilded on Artsy and you can now view and access all the works we represent through our gallery there. We recommend following Guilded on the platform as we present exclusive curated online exhibitions highlight emerging and established makers, new techniques and work. Currently we are featuring a retrospective of sculptor Anne Curry as five of her works are exhibited at Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in their major inaugural exhibition ‘Sculpt at Kew’, and her most recent sculpture ‘The Keeper of the Place’ is attracting attention at the Venice Biennale.
The next newsletter will provide details of Guilded’s first ever UK show in central London, for which new work is being developed by four artists, all of whom are showing for the first time in a high-level international context and are set to engage visitors in a way that is not to be missed. This will be concurrent online with Artsy and thus accessible by all our clients around the world.
Guilded artists sensational at Decorex 2015
Two artists represented by Guilded will appear at Decorex 2015 for the first time (20-23rd September, Syon Park, London).
Chesneys (Stand E27) are displaying three works by shell artist Blott Kerr Wilson, already described as sensational by other stand holders during set up.
Bert & May (Stand E17) are featuring Tom Palmer’s extraordinary Constellation mirror within their headlining launch of the ‘Bigger Box’.
Both artists have an international following and spend much of their time responding to custom commissions so this is a rare opportunity for visitors at Decorex to experience the power of their art in person.
Mirror for Tory Burch Germany
Since publishing the new Pineapple lantern on 1stdibs recently Guilded received an order for the model in a polished brass finish from Dell Mitchell Architects in the USA on behalf of their client in California.
The design team, returning to Guilded as a resource for locating pieces for other projects, asked if we could help with a 68″ tall mirror, Chippendale style, unfinished and available rather than made to order on a lead time. Within 24 hours the enquiry was turned around and several options put forward, one of which is now making its way to the new Tory Burch store in Germany.
The fact that Guilded can deliver a sale to a workshop in Britain, yet simultaneously provide a solution to a design firm in the States for a mirror that will ultimately hang on a wall of a Tory Burch store in Germany is the perfect exemplar of our work.
The Fallen Deodar
We currently have a major bronze being prepared for casting by the Bronze Age Foundry in East London. By Devon based artist Jilly Sutton the piece is entitled ‘The Fallen Deodar’.
The appeal of Sutton’s artistry is manifold, but the element that stands out is the spiritual peacefulness that her work conveys. We have secured the artist’s casting and will be shipping it to a client in the Far East, in whose garden it is designed to be ‘discovered and to promote contemplation’.
The following images document the process of ‘Deodar’s’ creation from the raw material to the completion of the piece. We are now ‘sprueing’, just one stage of many. Various stages of the process are attended by the artist, right up to the final finishing.
The search for the perfect sculpture for this client’s requirement has taken some time. Other artist’s were considered, but none with the purity of Jilly Sutton’s. Her work succeeds in transcending culture and religion, this being an element that particularly appealed to our client.
We look forward to palleting, casing, shipping and delivering this piece into its intended site in the coming weeks, but more so to the client’s reaction to it in situ!
Helen Amy Murray
We are delighted to announce the significant sale by Guilded of the first original artwork by Helen Amy Murray. This post is written not just to publish the sale but to illustrate the concept behind Guilded and demonstrate how it plays out to the benefit of artist and client.
On the one hand we encourage the creative development of exceptional artists and makers by encouraging them to produce speculative pieces that are handled by Guilded much as a dealer handles and promotes a work of art. The intention in this is two fold: to effect the sale of the piece itself, as well as to stimulate commissions from its promotion.
On the other hand we serve clients who look to Guilded for recommendations and opportunities to purchase from, or commission, exceptional artists and craftsmen to their personal taste. In this Guilded acts as agent and handles the entire process from brief and commission to delivery on behalf of both maker and client.
Charlotte Bowater, Director of Guilded, says:
“Three years ago Helen and I met and discussed how Guilded and the Helen Amy Murray studio might work together in the future. Helen has built a very successful business over the years creating bespoke sculpted leather wall panels which are installed in the finest addresses and yachts worldwide. One result for Helen personally was that the demand of managing and developing the business was overtaking time for personal artistic development. The solution was to work on the business structure to create enough free time for her to personally create original one-off artworks that are in process, concept and actuality independent of the Helen Amy Murray studio business.
The process of restructuring around a hectic studio schedule has taken the best part of the last two years. However, this process complete, Helen was invited to show at the inaugural Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional showcase at Somerset House last month and this galvanised her to create her first signature artwork: “Conversation: 2013”.
As soon as “Conversation: 2013” was released for sale I was delighted to offer it to a private client who had already expressed a desire to commission the studio at my recommendation. They recognised the unique opportunity to acquire the first framed artwork by Helen herself and decided on its acquisition. This exceptional piece will now take centre stage in a room, the interior decoration of which will now be determined around it.
It is a real pleasure to look back on a conversation held a couple of years ago and to have instrumented the sale of the first piece we discussed the prospect of her making back then.”
Before the piece ships Helen will be showing the sold artwork to a client who intends to commission her for a bespoke artwork personal to them. So in turn this first speculative piece is already prompting a new commission for Helen’s own artistry. And thus the aims of Guilded comes full circle with perfect serendipity.
(Please note that the image shows a detail of the full artwork only)