30th November 2020

We asked a group of very discerning individuals to cast their expert eyes over the vast selection of gifts on offer for #cockpitmakersmarket and we’re delighted to share a few of the treasures chosen by photographer Robert Taylor.

Robert’s a busy man and when we approached Robert to join us for this feature, he agreed to take a ‘quick look’ around our Makers Directory. Reporting back enthusiastically some time later, he confessed to having got lost for hours enjoying seeing all our amazing makers and their creations – and reluctantly narrowing it down to just five!

“I could imagine the Lunar Brooch by Emily Kidson shimmering quietly and confidently on many a lapel, either dressing up, or exquisitely and quietly finishing off a range of outfits. It manages to be both delicate and substantial all at once. This is definitely a piece to be worn often!”

Lucy McGrath’s marbled ceramic baubles would bring a wonderfully lurid, almost gothic element to many Christmas decorating kit, though I’m so charmed by these I could imagine dangling them all year round.”

Robert’s other pieces of note – and now firmly on his wish list – are textiles by Beatwoven:
“I was surprised and delighted to discover myself agreeing with Nadia Anne Ricketts’ ambitious claim to be ‘weaving dreams, magic and fantasy’ with her elegant, minimally luxurious fabric collection ‘DreaMelody’. Uncannily, the fabrics really do seem to shimmer along, in tune with the classic melodies and moods that evoked them. I could really enjoy living with some of these exquisite items”

And, of Jacob Monk‘s distinctive fabrics: “Hurrah. I’ve found my look for cutting a dash while attending virtual Christmas zoom cocktail gatherings.”

Robert’s keen eye also spotted one of Cockpit’s newer makers, glass artist Michèle Oberdieck: “At first glance I thought I was familiar with Michèle Oberdieck’s heftily sensual glass vessels, but was delighted to have the rhythm of scanning her collection disturbed by several pieces that incorporated an unexpected delicacy, or quirky detail, or intriguing texture.” 

Robert Taylor is a photographer and has published and exhibited widely over the last 30 years, with work in the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery and several other permanent collections. His practice encompasses portraiture for academic and scientific institutions including the Royal Society, and Oxford University colleges celebrating landmark anniversaries such as the first admission of women into hitherto all male institutions. Current interests include an open-ended series – initiated by an ICA commission – of portraits of Black British practitioners across the arts. He has also produced work for charities in Africa and HIV charities in the UK, and is a trustee of Koestler Arts, a national charity motivating rigorous engagement with the arts in prison.