Contemporary craftsmanship: the finalists of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2022
If you’re curious about craftsmanship and the myriad ways it shapes and transforms matter, we think you’ll enjoy the entries we’ve selected from among 30 finalists for the famed Loewe Craft Awards which, each year, celebrates the excellence of the best craftsmen in the world.
The Loewe Foundation has announced the 30 finalists for the annual international LOEWE Craft Award, which highlights and celebrates the novelty, excellence and artistic merit of high-level contemporary craftsmanship.
The submitted works were more than 3100 from 116 countries and regions around the world.
Among the most surprising selected works, we find a basket made by weaving horsehair, a paper bench, a textile work created by sewing hundreds of zippers.
The overall winner will be announced on June 30 in Seoul, followed by an exhibition of all the shortlisted works at the Seoul Museum of Craft Art which will open on July 1.
Annika Jarring used a bold glass working technique she developed to create this piece. Inspired by Han dynasty jade burial suits, 392 small rectangular clear glass panels were assembled using black silicone strips.
Aware created a carved wooden receptacle and covered it with fine silk threads. The threads are glued to the wood with a hot iron and brushed with ink to create a texture that references the layers of the earth in different geological periods.
The work of Blast Studio focuses on the issue of sustainability. The artificial tree was 3D printed from pulp from used takeaway coffee cups.
Dahye Jeong. Delicate but strong, this basket is woven with fine horsehair.
The technique uses a technique from the Korean Joseon dynasty traditionally used for making hats.
Domingos Totora.This sculpture shows a long-term commitment to sustainability, deeply rooted in the artist’s community in Brazil. Recalling the local tradition of building houses with mud and water, the container was made by mixing discarded cardboard with water to create a paste which is then dried in the sun.
Eleanor Lakelin. Created from hollow hollowed out British redwood, this container has been sandblasted to reveal the denser winter wood and slivers of yellow sapwood beneath the lighter summer wood.
Julia Obermaier. Unlike conventional jewelry where the stone complements the precious metals that form the structural support, in this piece by Julia Obermaier, thin slices of precious stones, held together using colored resin, were used to create the entire brooch.
Junsu Kim. Tiny strips of leather have been wrapped freehand to construct this tactile and elegant vessel. Created without the use of a mold, varying the width of the strips creates a layered surface with different shades.
Lu Bin. Finely crafted and masterfully executed, this work combines 18 individual pieces created using the traditional Yixing clay slab technique. The work bears witness to both the pleasure and mastery of the ceramic process.
Reference to Traditional Finnish ryijy tapestries, Marianne Huotari updated the art form by using pottery instead of wool. Each tiny fragment of clay has been glazed and fired before being sewn onto a metal base. (above and cover image).
Pao Hui Kao. This bench pushed fragile rice paper to its extreme possibilities to fashion a bench. Using urushi lacquer – traditionally used in Japanese woodworking – the paper was rolled and then treated to strengthen it.
Peter T. McCarthy. Hundreds of colorful zippers have been sewn together and then sewn into a large fabric that is inspired by the typical plaid pattern of traditional Kenté or Kita fabric made by the Akan peoples in West Africa. These zippers were part of a donation of unwanted sewing materials and the work speaks of local traditions dying in the wake of globalism.
Soyun Jung. This great textile work has been created with monofilament that has been carefully sewn onto sheets of water-soluble fabrics. Jung layered the thread to create the outlines of a delicate, ethereal landscape, then submerged the fabric in water, leaving only the threads behind.
2022 LOEWE FOUNDATION Craftsmanship Award
The grand prize winner will be announced on June 30 in Seoul, followed by an exhibition of all shortlisted works at the Seoul Museum of Craft Art opens on July 1, 2022.
Photos courtesy of the Loewe Foundation – craftprize.loewe.com