This year’s LOEWE FONDATION Craft Prize has been awarded to Korean artist Dahye Jeong for her work A Time of Sincerity (2021). Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of LOEWE, and a jury of leading figures from the worlds of design, architecture, journalism, criticism and museum curatorship, selected the winner and two special mentions from among 30 finalists.
The finalists for the LOEWE Fondation Craft Prize were shortlisted in January 2022 by a panel of experts who chose from among more than 3,000 submissions from around the world. Representing 15 different regions in the world, the 30 finalists work in diverse mediums including ceramics, woodwork, textiles, leather, basketry, glass, metalwork, jewelry and lacquer. Winner Dahye Jeong crafted a piece in the form of a basket from horsehair, using a 500-year-old hat-making technique thought to be a lost skill in Korea. In addition to the delicate lightness of her sculpture A Time of Sincerity, the jury praised her for reviving the age-old tradition.
The jury, whose members included Magdalene Odundo, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Deyan Sudjic, Abraham Thomas and Patricia Urquiola, also awarded two special mentions. One went to South African Andile Dyalvane for his work Cornish Wall (2019), a red clay vessel that pays homage to Xhosa culture and the Cornish coastline. Julia Obermaier of Germany also received a special mention for a work entitled Verborgen (2021), which redefines how jewelry is constructed, treating precious gemstones as the structure.
The annual LOEWE FONDATION Craft Prize was launched in 2016 by Jonathan Anderson to recognize excellence, artistic merit and innovation in modern craftsmanship, and as a tribute to Loewe’s beginnings as a collective craft workshop in 1846. “Craft is the essence of LOEWE. As a house, we are about craft in the purest sense of the word. That is where our modernity lies, and it will always be relevant,” said Jonathan Anderson.