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.
Cast sculpture specialist Kathy Dalwood has made her mark in the art world (and among in-the-know American collectors) with her harem of theatrical, milky-white Plaster Busts. Adorned with elaborate headdresses, her sculptures are a ‘contemporary response to sculpted figurative statues and busts from the 18th and 19th centuries’.
But there is more to her work than meets the eye. Cast from real life things including rubbish, found materials, and charity shop bric-a-brac, Dalwood's plaster busts humorously comment on our beauty-obsessed, consumerist society. She delights in the fact that she is making beauty out of the very things we discard for being ugly.
Kathy has exhibited her phenomenal 'Secret Society' of plaster busts in a variety of different venues and contexts around the world, including Harewood House in Yorkshire, The Café Royal in Piccadilly and Paul Smith’s flagship shop in London.