Nielanell at Collect 2018

Friday Feb 16, 2018

Collect 2018

The International Fair for Contemporary Objects

22-25 February 2018, Saatchi Gallery, London

Contemporary, irregular shaped scarf with abstract pattern, knitted in charcoal grey and stone white. Shown on vintage mannequin against Shetland rustic wall.

Contemporary Shetland knitwear. Designed by Niela Kalra of Nielanell, inspired by an ideas exchange with Scottish glass artist Karlyn Sutherland.

A first for Shetland design

I am delighted to announce that my Byre collection of knitwear will be shown in London this month, at Collect 2018 - Crafts Council’s International Fair for Contemporary Objects. As far as I know, this is the first time that a Shetland-based designer/maker has exhibited at Collect.

Bullseye Projects presents

40 galleries, from all over the world, have been selected to exhibit at Collect by the Crafts Council; my knitwear is being shown in a presentation by Bullseye Projects, the US organisation working with a worldwide community of glass artists.

Interior of Scottish traditional Byre, with glass installation by artist Karlyn Sutherland. Panels of glass are hung to illustrate the shape of shards of light
Karlyn Sutherland's installation at The Byre, Latheronwheel—which inspired the Nielanell Byre collection of contemporary knitwear.

It might seem an unusual setting for Shetland knitwear - being shown alongside works in glass. However it makes perfect sense: the Byre collection is the result of an ideas exchange with Scottish glass artist Karlyn Sutherland, who is also showing at Collect with Bullseye Projects.

Along with Nielanell knitwear and pieces by Karlyn Sutherland, Bullseye is showing works by glass artists Marta Edöcs, Joseph Harrington, Anne Petters and Jeff Zimmer.

With thanks to all at Bullseye for the invitation to show, and for the enormous amount of work involved in preparing for an event like this.

Scottish craft, design and galleries at Collect 2018 

Elsewhere at Collect, Scotland is represented in presentations by Craft Scotland (who are showing the work of 17 wonderful artists, designers and makers working in a wide range of media), and by Caithness-based North Lands Creative (a special mention to my friend Silvia Levenson who is showing with North Lands).

I’m so excited at the prospect of seeing my work in such a prestigious setting – not only at Collect itself, but also within the Bullseye display – and to spend time looking at all the work being exhibited. It is bound to be an incredibly inspiring few days. 

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