HB381 is thrilled to announce that Marianne Huotari, currently featured in our Summer Group Show, was shortlisted for the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize. Her work, Ananasakäämä, is on view at the The Seoul Museum of Craft Art (SeMoCA) through July 30th as part of a special exhibition honoring this year's finalists.
Jonathan Anderson spearheaded the Loewe Craft Prize in 2016, with the intention to celebrate global craft practices. In an interview with Architectural Digest he states, "I wanted to do something that could make a difference within craft; to establish an award which had a prestige that could help people.” This year, the board of jurors received 3,100 applications. From the initial applicant pool, a shortlist of 30 finalists was selected. Several finalists engaged with the idea of reinventing ancient traditions. For Huotari, this meant using a traditional Finnish textile technique called ryijy to fashion a hand sewn, ceramic sculpture.