The annual mentorship program organized by Walpole British Luxury pairs contemporary makers with representatives from British luxury brands. The chosen craftsmen will exhibit at the Crafted showcase, an integral part of the program held in association with Vacheron Constantin at the Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, from April 3 – 5.
The Class of 2014 includes John Galvin, furniture designer and maker; Heather Gillespie, glass designer and engraver; Naomi Paul, constructed textiles; Geoffrey Preston, architectural sculptor; Mia Sabel, bespoke leather designer; Zoe Bradley, paper artist; Emma Yeo, milliner; Pip Howeson, bespoke tailor; and Michael Ruh, glassmaker.
From left to right: Headwear by Emma Yeo, Crafted Class of 2014 mentee. Drinks Cabinet, Manolo Lounger, Cuba Table and Brass & Rosewood Bottle Opener, all by John Galvin, Crafted Class of 2014 mentee.
The nine were selected by Sarah Elton, chairman of Debrett’s; Michelle Emmerson, managing director of Walpole; Guy Salter, Crafted founder and chairman; and Ed Mason of Mason Campbell.
The group will be joining alumni of the Crafted program at the April showcase, which has been curated by craft champion Peter Ting, and members of Walpole will be selected to serve as mentors to the class in order to help develop the business acumen of each maker throughout the coming year.
Divided amongst the several galleries of the Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, nearly 30 exhibitors will be displaying, and in some cases, demonstrating, their ceramics, jewelry, metal ware, textiles and furniture.
Walpole aims to nurture new talent and discover the luxury brands of tomorrow, supported by Vacheron Constantin, who became patrons of the program and annual showcase in 2013.
Crafted was initially established in 2007 by Walpole in association with Arts & Business, with the goal of offering one-to-one mentorship for 10-12 individuals whose businesses rely heavily on craftsmanship.
Founded by Salter, its aim is to nurture a sense of entrepreneurship and boost business acumen among its artisans by pairing them with representatives from more established brands.