We love a success story here at SITSelect, particularly when it features an artist who has taken part in our very own festival, so we were thrilled to hear that Laura Youngson Coll (http://www.laurayoungsoncoll.co.uk) has been awarded this year’s Perrier Jouet Arts Salon prize.
Launched in 2013, the prize focuses on makers whose work is ‘inspired by natural forms and organic structures’, reflecting the champagne brand’s own Art Nouveau heritage. Youngson Coll’s leather and vellum sculptures, which many of you will have seen at Select at Newark Park in May, are inspired by the minutia of the natural world. She takes saturated leather working techniques such as on-layering, pairing and manipulating, which are more traditionally used in bookbinding and uses them to create exquisite works of art that question the way we think about both her materials and her subject matter.
As well as a substantial cash prize, Youngson Coll also wins the opportunity to stage a solo show at the Contemporary Applied Arts gallery. It runs until 31st August and should not be missed.
Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, 89 Southwark St, London SE1. T: 020 7436 2344; http://www.caa.org.uk/