The 8 female artists to know now
In this world of mass production, big brands, CGI and 3D printing, creativity is, shall we say, losing its personal touch.
But London Design Festival 2018, a one-week event celebrating exceptional craftsmanship, design ideas & designers from around the world, has, thankfully, shaken things up a little. This year's programme spans the city and gives voice to a roster of design events, technologies, brands, both big and small, as well as talented creators including visionary set designer Es Devlin.
In celebration of such a brilliant initiative, we've scouted out the outstanding female artists, designers and makers you should have on your radar.
Hackney-based illustrator-cum-potter Laura Bird is taking the ceramics world by storm.
Impish smiles, smirking side glances and knowing eyes adorn the majority of her vases, egg cups and dishes. In fact, her humor exudes from ever piece she crafts; it's really quite hard not to feel uplifted when confronted with one of her grinning vases.
With a background in illustration, Laura's hand-crafted pottery stands out for its strong narrative focus and quirky decorative features that hark back to mythologies of ancient Celtic, Mayan, Greek, Roman and African art. Sold in Liberty London, Anthropologie, and many of London's coolest craft stalls, Bird is one to invest in now before her prices soar.