Three weeks on, a very belated thank you to Rosemary Lucas for organising and curating the Creative Hearts exhibition which took place at Craft Central, St. John’s Square, Clerkenwell 1 – 13 February.
Creative Hearts showcased fifteen designer makers each creating a heart inspired range perfectly timed for Valentines Day of which five per cent of sales were in support of the British Heart Foundation 50th Anniversary Appeal. With generous contributions from local businesses Bellore www.bellore.com Lily Maila www.lilymaila.com Stuart R Stevenson www.stuartrstevenson.co.uk Bleeding Heart Restaurant www.bleedingheart.co.uk
and The Green www.thegreeec1.co.uk
Much of the inspiration for the ‘Queen of Hearts’ theme drew from an archive of illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland spanning over a century of illustrators from the early John Tenniel through Arthur Rackham and Mabel Lucy Attwell to present day Helen Oxenbury. A collection of Alice in Wonderland editions from old and rare to recent publications provided an eclectic foil for the jewellery display in the foyer.
LondonKillsMe were very pleased to be able to participate in Creative Hearts and had a thoroughly nice time working with Rosemary and the other participating designers.
The arresting window dressing by Keren Cornelius was based around a centrepiece Queen Of Hearts gown displaying the talent of costumier Anna Maria Geniusea.
Keren’s own exquisite jewellery designs were showcased, created using textile based techniques inspired by the repertory costumes of the Royal Opera House. www.kerencornelius.com
Rosemary Lucas created an elegant silver cuff with pierced cardiogram design for Creative Hearts alongside her other meticulously hand crafted jewellery including the unique River Cuffs.
River Cuff can be commissioned from Rosemary to detail any section of any river. www.rosemarylucas.com
Nancy Waters experimental materials led techniques result in dexterously inventive beautiful pieces. For Creative Hearts Nancy designed embossed silver bookmarks in addition to her perfectly formed miniature fine silver books. www.nancywaters.co.uk
Ceramacist Namiko Murakoshi created a special range of covetable heart inspired sugar pots with a clever twist to consider your heart once you have consumed all the sugar! http://www.namnamceramics.com
For our own part we created a linen wall hanging. Entitled Hearts and Crafts and inspired by the traditional artisan printing techniques of the Arts and Crafts movement. A visual archive of some of our most popular screen prints to represent the ‘heart’ of LondonKillsMe.
Being involved in Creative Hearts was a great experience and we hope it’s success inspires Rosemary to extend her fabulous curatory skills into further ventures in the future.