6 Amazing Artisans to Discover at the Digital Craft Festival 2021
With so many amazing artists and artisans, it is terribly tricky to pick out a few from those exhibiting at the Digital Craft Festival this year. However we wanted to share a few of this wonderfully diverse range of artisans in a bit more depth. This year’s online Craft Festival is a celebration of the world of craft and boasts a selection of nearly 200 makers, and art made from materials including glass, paper, ceramics and leather. And yes, you guessed it - we are there too! Visit the leather section of the Meet The Makers page to find the virtual Artisans Life stall.
Devon based husband and wife team Mark and Kaori work with a mix of sustainable and locally sourced hardwoods to create a range of beautiful and sustainable homeware and furniture. Originally having studied Fine Art, they both took up the craft for themselves before it eventually developed into their livelihood. They take commissions for furniture and sell a range of elegant vessels and utensils on their site. We love their clusters of ‘bud’ vases which are the perfect place for displaying dried flowers.
Clover Robin is known for the playful, illustrative quality of her collages which take inspiration from folk art, nature and all things botanical. She uses a mixture of processes, including drawing and taking cuttings from paintings or recycled materials to create textured shapes for her collages. We love the bright, zingy colours, homely feel and the seaside subject matter of Clover’s illustrations. Clover has also worked for clients such as the National Trust and Bloomsbury Publishing.
Check out her shop here
Anna Cook Paperart
Looking at the complexity of Anna Cook’s artwork, it’s hard to believe that she started papercutting only five years ago. Previously having worked in Art Galleries and Framing, Anna already knew a lot about the selling of art but wanted to produce something she would be proud to put her name to. Anna’s work focuses on nature and woodland scenes, capturing the animals expressively and in their natural habitat, almost as if frozen in time. We think it’s incredible how Anna manages to bring such a simple, two-dimensional material to life!
Check out her Exhibit here
Jules Hogan creates many of her knitted fashion and home accessories on reconditioned knitting machines using soft, naturally dyed and locally sourced wool. She is based in Berkshire and takes inspiration from the countryside landscapes near to her home. The gentle, natural colour pallets are calming, and Jules uses them to refresh traditional knitted patterns.
Visit her shop at The Digital Craft Festival here
Kate Kato Kasasagi
Capturing her love of the natural environment, Kate uses recycled paper, fabric and wire to create intricate plants, flowers and found objects. Kate finds the making process very nostalgic as it taps into her childhood curiosity for the natural world, which she says was reignited when she moved to the Welsh countryside. She says her aim is to “encourage curiosity and promote an awareness of the environment”. Kate’s attention to detail on such a small scale is so incredible, it’s hard to believe that these tiny bugs and insects aren’t real.
Harriet’s unique ridged ceramic design, with its satin glaze, results in a mug, which is wonderfully tactile to hold. She also creates planters, lighting and candle holders. The latter two benefitting from Harriet’s use of the slightly translucent porcelain, which creates a beautiful glowing effect when lit up. We also love Harriet’s post on her journal, which highlights the importance of creativity for mental health.
Why not also take a look at our blog post guide of the events that we're excited to attend during this festival weekend! Don’t forget to stop by at our virtual stall @digitalcraftfestival.