Folk Futures: A Stitch In Time

Joana Vasconcelos, Crochet Bull

With an exhibition by one of our favourite artists Joana Vasconcelos now open at the Haunch of Venison in London, we have taken a look at some recent art and design that embrace the vintage art of Macramé, crafts and folk art. Looking at vintage crafts from a low-fi aesthetic with make do and mend connotations to them now being seen in some of the most innovative premier interiors, design shows and galleries.

Joana Vasconcelos is an inspiring artist recognised for her work in the Venice Biennale 2005, born in Paris she now lives and works in Portugal. Her witty and sometimes provocative work is inspired by everyday life and imagination focusing on the politics of gender, national identity and class.

She incorporates objects from daily life into expansive assemblages combined with the use of old style craft techniques. Her use of crochet in her work alludes to an activity usually associated with women and old crafts. Vasconcelos combines this with the freedom that contemporary culture can provide.

See one of our past Weekly Round Up blogs where we looked at some other pieces of work by Vasconcelos.

The folk art influence of crochet and Macramé was seen as an influential craft during the 70’s influencing fashion, design and furniture as it continues to now.

We think that these crafts are a bold and skilled art form that can also be seen in other artists work such as this large crochet installation. The weave takes over the space, drooping and creating spaces within the crochet.

This piece resembles the work of Ernesto Neto who is currently showing at the Hayward Gallery until 5th September 2010. We recommend a visit to the Hayward to catch his large installation pieces. Neto plays with the characteristics of materials such as nylon, filling large sacks with scented products such as camomile and coffee beans. He creates installations that fill you with endless self-reflection and give you an awareness of your surroundings whilst altering your perceptions of the space.

Other artists who we think can relate to this form of craft art in a modern application within their work is Tomas Saraceno and Josh Blackwell.  Sareceno’s work of woven bubbles taking over large spaces mixes architecture and art with technology.

Josh Blackwell‘s work is creative and edgy using everyday plastic bags and weaving intricate designs into them. He has displayed his work in galleries and shop windows.

The contemporary use of macramé and crochet has been used in large installation art pieces and has also influenced furniture and interiors. The influence of folk art on future design and furniture can be seen in these modern applications.

Soho House Berlin the world’s most hotly anticipated addition to the global members club chain. The new design incorporates some of the edgy style of the clubs Berlin setting whilst creating an iconic and sumptuous new version of the chintzy 80’s nouveau niche style. The contemporary design in an industrial chic space benefits from 1928 architecture provided by the late-Bauhaus building.

Soho house Berlin was designed and outfitted by Susie Atkinson. Mixing English charm with the industrial characteristics of the original building. Soho House Berlin is a great example of using an old folk art style whilst maintaining a premium and contemporary design. A quirky addition to the standard amenities in Soho House Berlin is vintage record players in some of the rooms complete with vinyl LP’s.

Here is a brief round-up of the migration of some of the folk-crafts through art and design:

And where is this heading? A glimpse of the future to come from Your Studio.


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