Introduced in 2011, Collect Open shines a light on individual makers, and provides a platform to present exceptional new works at a much larger scale.
Included amongst the 14 makers in 2018 is Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitor, Juliette Bigley.
Juliette will be presenting a new work, TABLE, her first installation and her largest work today to date. A stylised interpretation of a table at the completion of a meal, it acts as a snapshot of the moment when eating is over but the ritual communion of dining continues.
At 2.5m long and 1.1m tall, the table itself is a scaled-up version of Bigley’s own, topped with a 20-object tableau comprising a wine bottle, jug and water glasses crafted from a mixture of patinated copper, brass, nickel silver and silver.
A classical musician turned metalsmith, Juliette Bigley is interested in the lives we live and the objects we choose to enrich them. Made from flat sheets of base and precious metals, her unique vessels are often rooted in ideas of domestic ritual, existing at the threshold between object and experience, function and