–WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES R & Company and Joe Kramm
Woven Forms is a collection of limited-edition rugs by top international designers, which will be showcased at Southern Guild in Cape Town until the end of 2018.
Presented by New York City art gallery R & Company and Amini, this is the first time that the rugs will be showcased in South Africa. The collaboration was initially presented for the first time at the 57th Venice Biennale in May 2017.
Artists and designers exhibiting their exciting works, which each took roughly six months to create, include Wendell Castle, Rogan Gregory, Dana Barnes, The Haas Brothers, Katie Stout, David Wiseman and Renate Müller. These leading international artists were given the opportunity to explore the ancient art and history of carpet making and weaving in India and Nepal.
“Having no experience in carpet making opened up endless possibilities; without previous knowledge of the process they were not tethered by any limits normally associated with the craft,” says Evan Snyderman, co-founder of R & Company. “The resulting designs pushed the boundaries of the medium, creating a more interesting collaboration with the makers themselves as they responded with new techniques and ways of making that they’d not yet considered.”
Woven Forms runs alongside Foundry Proof, an exhibition held in collaboration with Bronze Age Studio, featuring designs in bronze by a selection of renowned South African artists.
Visit the exhibition from 21 September 2018 until the end of the year at Southern Guild, located in the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District in Cape Town. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.