All I Want for Christmas / Corinne Julius
Karlyn Sutherland, ‘Latheron House, Latheronwheel’, 2018
CORINNE JULIUS – JOURNALIST, broadcaster and curator – is a leading champion of new design talent in the United Kingdom. A judge of many applied arts and design awards, she is an astute and passionate critic of contemporary craft and mentor to contemporary craftspeople. In 2008, Julius was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and in 2014, she launched ‘Future Heritage’, a ground-breaking showcase of contemporary craft which is the highlight of design trade show, Decorex International. We are delighted that she was able to share her Christmas wishes with The Design Edit.
Which collectible design object would you like Father Christmas to bring you?
Karlyn Sutherland’s glass work ‘Latheron House, Latheronwheel’ (2018).
Why this object?
It’s an elegant and deceptively simple glass piece that I showed at Future Heritage in 2018. Sutherland trained as an architect before becoming a glass artist and the design reflects her observations of a building and emotive memories of a space. It also plays with notions of perception, misleading the brain to see a succession of 3-dimensional shapes in a flat surface.
It pulls the viewer into a complex spatial world and is beautifully executed. For me, it is a terrific example of the head, heart and hands that is the basis of contemporary craft. Supreme intellectual rigour, an intriguing narrative and the pushing of materials and techniques.
Which piece of jewellery will you be wearing on Christmas day?
A kinetic oxidised silver brooch ‘The Orchid,’ made up of oxidised silver tubes representing abstracted vanilla pods. It is one of the ‘Four gentlemen of China’ by Anna Gordon and represents Spring. Gordon made the piece for my show Bloomin’ Jewels in 2016 and the ‘4 Gentlemen’ were bought by the V&A Dundee. My ‘Orchid’ is the prototype. The brooch was a present from my children and I wear it with oxidised sliver earrings with a gold stripe that evolved from the brooch – a present from my husband.