UK/OK: Exploring Traditions in Contemporary Design celebrates the work of nearly seventy artists and designers working in the areas of handmade design and "high craft" across Oklahoma and in the countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Emanating from a curiosity of cross-cultural comparisons, UK/OK examines contemporary British and Oklahoman designers through the lens of "traditions" – in technique, materials, and influences. The focus of the exhibition is the recent resurgence in handcrafted design and those working within the fields of metals, book making, ceramics, stone, glass, embroidery, quilting, apparel, woodworking, basketry, woodblock printing, and jewelry.
Following an international call for submissions, Price Tower Arts Center curator Scott W. Perkins selected British designers working over the past decade and balanced them with an equally select list of Oklahoma artists representing the breadth of education/training, ethnicities, and diverse pockets of creativity in the state. Many designers employ "traditional" media or techniques, while others adapt more contemporary materials and methods as a commentary on the changes within the handcrafted design culture.
The works exhibited will delight those familiar with handmade design, but also dispel the stereotype of "craft" and "making" as lesser in quality to mass-produced manufactured goods. In this way, each piece will not only tell the story of its maker, but the circumstances surrounding its particular location and means of production. Objects in UK/OK are on loan from their makers or from local, regional, and international private collectors as well as drawn in part from the British Council Collection.