Collect . February 2018

The Wash (wall), 2018
red chalk, iron and wood tannin on cotton

Hewn, Hollow, Burnt, Fallen Vessels (floor), 2018
green oak and sweet chestnut

For Collect Open Forest + Found have created one of their largest installations to date. Working collaboratively under their studio practice Forest + Found, Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth work with wood, natural pigments and textiles to produce sculptural and wall based works, which draw upon architectural structures, the elements, ancient landscapes and cultural objects. Specialising in building relationships between grounded objects and the abstract, Bainbridge and Booth create installations that allow audiences to interact spatially and conceptually with their work.

Images by Yeshen Venema



London Design Fair . September 2017

Dedicated to craft during the London Design Festival, the British Craft Pavilion returned to the London Design Fair for its second edition this year. Curated by Hole & Corner magazine the pavilion presented a group of contemporary British-based makers whose work explores the breath of British Craft Practice.

We presented an installation of new work that focused on the sculptural relationships between carved and turned wooden works and the more abstract planal space in our textile wall pieces. The presence of raw material was central to building a connection to landscape and the conceptual root of our working process.



Craft Central Gallery . May 2017

Unearthed was an installation of work exhibited during London Craft Week 2017. Exploring ideas surrounding the archaeological and the re-discovered we used wood, textiles and earth to create a series of experimental objects that transformed Craft Central’s Gallery into a space where the past and present met through the traditions and future of making. For the first time we were able to exhibit works of a more abstract and ambiguous nature that examined material and process in a more investigative way. Resolved pieces sat alongside those that were in a state of transition, opening up a dialogue in which the audience was able to question the very nature of the work and the artist’s process behind it.

Alongside the exhibition we hosted two workshops, one teaching spoon carving and the other hand stitching. Each workshop took place in the gallery and allowed participants to fully immerse themselves in the hand crafting of objects.