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Posted 25.01.19

Life at an international art fair for crafts graduate

By Kat Peberdy
As a student, Florence Moore exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, London Design Fair and Dartington Hall, as well as kick starting her career with an internship at the London Craft Week in 2017.

Since graduating from BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts, Florence has joined the team at the Crafts Council, who organise the renowned international art fair Collect. Specialising in large-scale metal fabrication, her pieces are often eye-catching and minimalist, a style that developed over her time studying both a Foundation Diploma and Undergraduate degree.

Collect is the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design, and provides an opportunity to discover and invest in exceptional work produced in the last five years by artists of all disciplines. We caught up with Florence to find out more about her role...

What experience do you think helped with you getting this role? 

It was mainly due to having previously volunteered at Collect, as I was very familiar with the fair and the logistics of the event. I was also incredibly proactive whilst studying, by interning at London Craft Week and the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, as well as being a Gallery Ambassador for Plymouth College of Art. This definitely helped me gain a lot relevant work experience, and knowledge on exhibitions.

Can you tell us a bit about what it's like to work at the fair?

At the moment my work is based at the Crafts Council head office, but closer to the event I’ll be working on site at the Saatchi Gallery.

Florence Moore speaks about her work at the 2018 Degree Show.

I am involved in supporting all aspects of the fair, from general administration for the Collect Team to the event logistics. This includes; working on the catalogue, tickets, responding to any exhibitor queries, invitation mail outs, managing volunteers, organising VIP goodie bags and lots more!

Sounds like a great variety! What have you enjoyed most about the role so far? 

The variety of work has kept the role very interesting; especially seeing lots of components start to come together as the event is approaching is quite exciting. The most enjoyable aspect so far has been working with the designers and the galleries on the catalogue, as I am gaining a deeper understanding of the makers and galleries that will be exhibiting this year.

You graduated in 3D Design Crafts, what transferable skills do you think help you in this role?

While studying I developed a vast knowledge on the various disciplines within craft. This has been invaluable, as the galleries at Collect represent an array of makers using different techniques within their practice. I am able to talk about these areas with confidence due to the technical inductions I had at the college.

Collect 2018, photo courtesy of Crafts Council.

Although I am not making while in this current role I am still continuing my own practice, which you can see on my website.

Why did you choose to study at Plymouth College of Art?

I was already familiar with Plymouth College of Art before starting my degree, as I had completed my Foundation Diploma in Art and Design there. I was initially drawn to the college though for the amazing facilities and studios – it is so important to have space to make when you are on a practical course.

What are your plans for the future?

After graduating I moved back home to London, where I will be staying for the foreseeable future. I’m currently in the process of setting up a personal studio that will make it easier to keep making.

Florence Moore's work on show at London Design Fair 2018.

That sounds exciting! Do you have any advice for students about to graduate? 

Intern or volunteer for a company you admire - it is really good to start making connections and gain experience in your field, this really helped support my degree once I graduated.

Take advantage of the Careers and Enterprise department! They were very encouraging and supportive when I was applying for various opportunities, a big thank you to Laura in that team especially.

Collect returns to London’s Saatchi Gallery from 28 February - 3 March 2019. The fair will occupy the whole of the Saatchi Gallery for four days with over 40 galleries, selected by an independent panel of experts, selling the work of over 400 artists.