Crafts Council Collections Online / ‘Variations on a blank’, works selected by Shai Akram, Artisa Fellow 2020

‘Variations on a blank’, works selected by Shai Akram, Artisa Fellow 2020

Shai Akram, maker-designer and co-founder of Studio Alt Shift, is the Crafts Council’s inaugural Artisa Fellow. As part of the Artisa Foundation Curatorial Fellowship, Shai was given unlimited access to the Crafts Council Collection. During her research she began to think about new ways of categorising the works. Shai began classifying over thirty items by three themes: 1. Variations on a blank, 2. Disrupting a process, and 3. Off-plinth. In this theme, Variations on a blank, Shai looks at repetition, featuring objects that share a repeated starting point or a common and uniform repeated part. The beginning is often the same before hand manipulation interrupts the making process.