Traditional and Modern Craft at LINLEY: 3rd to 7th May, 10am – 6pm
Pop into the LINLEY Belgravia flagship store throughout London Craft Week to see an exhibition of Michael Eden’s 3D printed sculptures and watch David Degreef-Mounier live at work.
Michael Eden’s work sits at the intersection of craft and technology. Like David Linley, he is first and foremost a maker, having been a well-respected and established studio potter for over twenty years. Michael completed an MPhil at the Royal College of Art in 2008, concentrating on the development of a new body of work that explored the abstract qualities of the container.
The launch of his ‘Wedgwoodn’t Tureen’ in the same year was the result of utilising and developing a combination of drawing, 3D software, traditional hand skills, and digital technology. Since then Michael has continued to push digital technology further, producing more complex and larger works whilst staying true to his original intention that each piece should be a unique object.
David Degreef-Mounier trained as a graphic designer and illustrator in Lyon, France, before obtaining a BA in Fine Art from L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Lyon. He has worked in theatre as a prop maker and background painter for almost ten years. He came to London in 1998 and completed his arts studies with a Master’s degree from the Wimbledon School of Arts in 2005.
David’s work is process-based. He uses materials for their ability to be transformed, for their malleability and their metamorphic properties, in order to explore new landscapes of the mind. His research revolves around a Lacan quotation: “I think where I am not, therefore I am where I do not think”. It translates in his work by a series of on-going experiments, where, by rejecting expectations and preconceptions, he is able to accept and assimilate what is happening here and now. He states “Art is not simply an object, nor does it exist solely in the mind. Rather it is the relationship between the two”.
Window with a View on Pimlico Road: 7th May, 11am – 3pm
David Degreef-Mounier will be joined by a LINLEY master craftsman who will show how the marquetry façade of the Girih Treasure Chest was created. Tom Bree, tutor at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, will also be in the windows, demonstrating the precise art of traditional geometric patterns.
The Prince’s School of Traditional Art specialises in teaching, researching, and promoting the practice and theory of the arts and crafts of the world’s great traditions. The School offers postgraduate courses, short courses, research, lectures, study visits, and international outreach projects.
Tom Bree is a geometer-artist, teacher and writer. He completed his M.A. at the School in 2003 and has since been researching and teaching in the area of geometry and symbolism. Tom has been teaching on the Open and M.A programmes since 2008 and also organises his own geometry courses both in the UK and abroad.