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The desire for brands to be associated with craftsmanship and contemporary objects continues to build momentum. The breadth of organisations supporting Collect is a reflection of the power and ubiquity of craft. We would especially like to thank our lead sponsors for their contribution to Collect 2018. This support enables the fair to evolve and provide benefits such as a cup of fine Newby Tea for our talk attendees or the chance to be commissioned by the likes of Kit Kemp or Liaigre for a Collect maker. Please find further information about some of our collaborations below. Many thanks to all our 2018 sponsors, donors and partners. Rosy Greenless OBE Executive director, Crafts Council


In 2016 the LOEWE FOUNDATION launched the international annual LOEWE Craft Prize to showcase and celebrate novelty, excellence and artistic merit in modern craftsmanship. Aiming to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and to recognise artisans whose talent, vision and will to innovate will set a standard for the future, LOEWE’s creative director, Jonathan Anderson, conceived the initiative inspired by LOEWE’s beginnings as a craft co-operative in 1846. ‘Craft is the essence of LOEWE,’ Anderson has stated. ‘As a house, we are about craft in the purest sense of the word. That is where our modernity lies, and it will always be relevant.’ On the eve of the exhibition of the second edition of the LOEWE Craft Prize in London (at the Design Museum, 4 May – 17 June 2018), the president of the LOEWE FOUNDATION, Sheila Loewe, says: ‘With each time-honoured piece, generations of artisans have contributed to a collective narrative, expressing a universal appreciation for culture, creativity and cognisance. We are very happy to have found in Collect and the Crafts Council a strong partner with whom to celebrate these long-standing values in their contemporary form.’


‘We are delighted to support the 14th edition of Collect to celebrate international craft, making and extraordinary talent from across four continents. Since Liaigre was established in the 1980s, design and exceptional craftsmanship has been at the heart of the business, reflecting the spirit of arts and crafts in true French style. We collaborate on a regular basis with both UK and international artists who contribute to the Liaigre style, and wish to continue to support and develop craft and making in the UK through the partnership with the Crafts Council, a very special charity that makes an impressive impact on the creative industry.’


‘Newby Teas is incredibly proud to support Collect and the Crafts Council. We strongly believe in both the mission behind the Crafts Council and the great work it does – providing platforms, forums and support for creativity, skills, education, innovation and legacy within the art, design and craft sectors. Newby Teas is a company that reflects and integrates these values into our own ethos and practice, ensuring that the craftsmanship and quality of fine tea is at the heart of what we do.’


‘We are delighted to be associated with the Crafts Council to encourage craft making of every kind. Craft is ageless and cares little for fashion. A beautifully crafted piece of work speaks for itself and stands the test of time.’

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