Life in Miniature; Wonder and Intrigue comes to Leeds Craft Centre…

An exhibition launching at The Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery this Saturday 19th March will be capturing the imagination of its visitors as creative recycling is highlighted amongst the world of Contemporary Craft.  Another Life explores makers who create wonderful jewellery, wall hung works and mixed media sculptures reclaiming, upcycling and re-inventing materials and making them into beautiful contemporary craft pieces.

Isobel Cortese, one of the makers participating in Another Life designs and creates bespoke terrariums and miniature worlds in curious objects.  Combining her passion for plants and all things quirky, she is re-kindling this popular Victorian trend but with a modern twist.  Each creation captures a snapshot in miniature of scenes from daily life, staged amongst a verdant setting.  “Since my terrarium journey began, it has evolved along the way.  I started out using moss in my terrariums; I loved using moss, as I find it such an enchanting plant.  It is great for landscaping little worlds as it reflects the forest in miniature and it is easy to imagine little people living amongst it.  I like to re-create this feeling of enchantment and wonder by containing it inside a glass vessel, so people can be intrigued and look inside to be filled with delight at the magical world.  My work has developed into everlasting terrariums, as I wanted to preserve the little worlds forever.  Now, people can enjoy their miniature worlds without needing to maintain them. It has also opened up the possibilities for me to use different vessels, moss is restricted to glass vessels with lids, now I can be creative with teacups and compact mirrors and anything that looks interesting enough to hold a little world inside!”

Another Life starts on Saturday 19th March and will end on the 25th June.  To discover more about this show and The Craft Centre’s exciting exhibition programme visit www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk  and follow them via social media to keep up to date with all the latest Craft Centre news.

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