New display London Making Now brings together the work of 15 makers in the capital, including Yinka Ilori and James Shaw
The Museum of London has opened a new temporary exhibition, London Making Now, which showcases the work of 15 London-based contemporary artists and makers. Launching amid the London Design Festival and just ahead of London Craft Week, the show celebrates London as a centre of diverse creativity and craft.
Objects on display range from porcelain to plastic and chairs to jewellery. The designers and makers include Yinka Ilori, Romilly Saumarez Smith, James Shaw, Simone Brewster and Loraine Rutt.
Ilori’s What God Has Joined Together, Let No Man Put Asunder (2015, above right) – bringing together two reclaimed chair frames – is an homage to his parents’ marriage. James Shaw’s Plastic Baroque ewer (2017, above left), riffing on elaborate 17th-century tableware, is made using recycled plastic that Shaw has hand-extruded using a plastic extruding gun he invented.
Modern Booth by Loraine Rutt (2016)
‘London is, and always has been, a global workshop,’ says Danielle Thom, curator of making at the Museum of London. ‘The city has made everything from silverware to sideboards, its wares exported all over the world and representing the very best in craft and design.
‘Popular perception is that London ceased to be a manufacturing hub during the industrial revolution, with making moving out to the industrial cities of the North and later overseas, but making is still an intrinsic part of London’s economy and its creative identity, bringing together an exciting network of craftspeople, artists, activists, designers and educators.’
London Making Now at the Museum of London runs from 24 September 2021 until early 2022