Somerset House

Collect – International fair of craft and design

2024

Intoart is delighted to present new work by three artists making their debut at Collect 2024; Andre Williams, Dawn Wilson and Lisa Trim.

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Andre Williams

‘Hidden Room’ is a new collection of handcrafted furniture, textiles and ceramics taking inspiration from the forest floor as an endlessly interesting but potentially dangerous place with hidden snakes, poisonous frogs and creepy crawlies. Each piece of furniture is unique, hand painted by the artist and upholstered in his bespoke screen printed textiles. 

“I turn small drawings into big projects and fill spaces with colour. I want people who see my work to smile and laugh and have their own new ideas.” 

Williams’ richly coloured drawings portray animals, masks, and people. Fashionable street-wear; 1980s computer graphics; opulent turn of the century design and eclectic lettering can also be found in his heady list of influences. Over the last few years he has expanded these drawings into domestic environments creating installations incorporating wallpapers, rugs and painted furniture. William’s work has been in group exhibitions including New Contemporaries 2022 at Ferens Art Gallery and South London Gallery; Fashioning Space at Victoria and Albert Museum for London Design Festival 2017; and Peckham Craft Show 2018. Collaborations include a capsule collection with renowned British knitwear producer John Smedley, alongside forthcoming public commissions currently in development for 2024.

Dawn Wilson

“I make portraits of people and places, at church, on the street and in nightclubs. People in Jamaica, in Mali and Congo-Kinshasa. They are about the colour and shape of the face, about bodies moving together and being still. I look at African and Caribbean men’s and women’s fashion, the hair, the face, patterns and the line of the clothes. Fashion and style is important to me, what I wear and looking at what other people wear. It’s about the new, about colour and matching and getting the perfect shape.”  

Following an artist residency at Wysing Arts Centre in May 2023, Wilson has worked from her existing drawings to develop a new series of ceramic slab tile works using black earthenware, slips, underglazes and sgraffito techniques. Selected recent exhibitions include ‘Bloom’ at York Art Gallery 2023; and New Contemporaries 2022 at Humber Street Gallery, Hull and South London Gallery.

Lisa Trim 

Trim’s lively characterisations of animals, fictional and historical figures often combine with deadpan observations of everyday life and objects to create a visual language packed with fun and irreverence. For Collect, she has scaled up using screen-print, embroidery, couching and applique to make new richly embellished figurative and decorative textiles. Her latest work ‘Rose and Crown’ shares her fascination with pubs, their interiors, signage and the social spaces they create for people to come together.

Her textiles have been exhibited at the V&A in Fashioning Space exhibition for London Design Festival. She is currently developing an ambitious body of work as part of Intoart’s Annual Craft Commission 2024 in partnership with Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST). Trim joined the Intoart collective in 2012 and is a member of Intoart’s design studio, Trifle.

Previews: Thursday 29th Feb

Open: Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd March

Somerset House, South Wing, Stand 12

Andre Williams | Dawn Wilson | Lisa Trim