A collaboration with paper maker and artist Gill Wilson, in partnership with Smythson – the British luxury brand. To celebrate London Craft Week and the craft of paper making, Gill has developed new designs inspired by Smythson for an exhibition entitled ‘Woven Narratives’. The exhibition is hosted by at the Sloane Street store 27th September – 24th October, 2021.

The designs featured here in the exhibition are presented in standard museum quality perspex frame of various sizes including 50 cms, 75 cms and 100 cms square. One piece is framed to show the option of a traditional painted wood frame, which requires modification in the number of layers incorporated in the piece.

Each design can be ordered custom made in any size or bespoke to your requirements on a 4-6 week lead time.

 

Paper artist Gill Wilson at work in her studio

Artwork

Studio
Field unframed by Gill Wilson paper artist for Smythson and Guilded partnership
Field I
Interlock a framed paper artwork by Gill Wilson exclusive to Guilded in partnership with Smythson
Interlock I
Field II by Gill Wilson exclusive to Guilded and created for Smythson
Field II
Interwoven II by paper artist Gill Wilson exclusively for Guilded
Interwoven I
Interlock II by paper maker and artist Gill Wilson for Guilded colllaboration in partnership with Smythson
Interlock II
Woven I
Woven II
Woven III by paper maker and artist Gill Wilson
Woven III
Tapestry I by paper maker and artist Gill Wilson in perspex frame
Tapestry I
Tapestry II by paper maker and artist Gill Wilson
Tapestry II
Interwoven II by paper maker and artist Gill Wilson
Interwoven II
Interwoven III by paper make and artist Gill Wilson in painted wood frame
Interwoven III

WOVEN NARRATIVES

‘Woven Narratives’ is a collaboration inspired by London Craft Week and created in partnership with Smythson. 

Smythson is a British luxury leather goods and stationery brand, founded in 1887 and rooted in a rich heritage and enduring commitment to unrivalled craftsmanship in their products. Gill Wilson and Smythson share regard for the tradition of excellence in craftsmanship. 

Gill Wilson has worked in paper since visiting Japan in the 1970s. Her exposure to traditional studios, and papermakers designated as National Treasures, have influenced the entire course of her work. 

Gill exclusively uses plant fibre in her work, transforming natural straw into pulp, a versatile medium which can be drawn, poured or lifted onto screens before drying. The thin, dried layers can range from smooth to textured, depending on the required form. Gill uses the medium to create thin yet complex layers which become sculptural as they are built up. Every piece maintains a sense of purity and simplicity, reflecting the natural and sustainable origin of the material.

The exhibition features twelve designs in which Gill references and challenges the common perception of paper being of low value. She highlights paper as the vehicle upon which the riches of the written word, upon which artistic and historical traditions and unfolding narratives have been recorded. 

The designs forming this collection are at once minimal in form yet complex in nature. On closer inspection they consist of subtly textured layers, each unique and symbolic of the way narratives, inner thoughts and ideas that layer and weave over time. 

Gill Wilson reflects: “When working with Smythson and during the past year it seemed significant to reflect on the unusually quiet periods of time the lockdown afforded. My aim was to depict a group of quiet worlds, where the depths of the pieces are representative of how life can shift one way or another. Our thoughts, alter and nuance according to change or situation.  Life is not one-dimensional: things are not simple or flat – they alter according to mood or situation…..”

Gold embellishments and the incorporation of Smythson’s signature Nile Blue paper revealed among the layers, inform these pieces and reference the fruit of woven narratives.  We hope that these artworks enable you to pause and reflect on those moments and people in your life that inform and enrich yours.

Our thanks go to Smythson for recognising the potential of a collaboration with Gill as we celebrate the beauty of paper-making and art for London Craft Week.

Show Curriculum Vitae
2021
The Trowbridge Gallery
London, UK
Wilkinson Beven Design
Birmingham, UK
Exhibition: Michelangelo Foundation / Homo Faber
2020
The Trowbridge Gallery
London, UK
Erin Hackett Interiors
New York, USA
Haviland Designs
London, UK
Wilkinson Beven Design
Birmingham, UK
Knowledge Spring Ltd
London, UK
Faulkner & Locke
Atlanta, Georgia
Private client
London, UK
2019
The Trowbridge Gallery
London, UK
Enterprise & Art
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Knowledge Spring Ltd
London, UK
Haviland Designs
London, UK
2018
The Trowbridge Gallery
London, UK
Private client
Feltham, UK
Erin Hackett Interiors
New York, USA
Private Client
London, UK
Knowledge Spring Ltd
London, UK
2017
The Trowbridge Gallery
London, UK
Gradient Group Ltd
Bali, Indonesia
Private client
Annapolis, USA
2016
Gallery on Fifth
Naples, USA
The Trowbridge Gallery
London, UK
Haviland Designs
London, UK
Private client
Iowa, USA
Knowledge Spring Ltd
London, UK
Private client
Bristol, UK
Project Art Limited
London, UK
2015
Project Art Limited
London, UK
Private client
United Arab Emirates
The Trowbridge Gallery
London, UK
Argentry Ltd
London, UK
Room And Art
London, UK
Haviland Designs
London, UK
RGR Design Associates
Miami, USA
2014
Hôtel Impérial Garoupe
Antibes, France
Haviland Designs
London, UK
Private client
London, UK
Private client
Baku, Azerbaijan
Private client
Hampshire, England
2013
Haviland Designs
London, UK
Room & Art
London, UK
Fawn Art Consultancy
UK
Private Client
Norfolk, UK
Hôtel Impérial Garoupe
Antibes, France
Knowledge Spring Ltd
Private client
Baku, Azerbaijan
Contributor/speaker
Dalslands Konstmuseum, Sweden
2012
Tutor/workshop
Ruthin Craft Centre, UK
Mentor
Design Factory, UK
Guest Speaker
Chrysalis Arts, UK
Invited Maker
Made in the Middle