If you care about the future of our planet and saving hundreds of thousands of acres of threatened habitats, then an upcoming exhibition at London’s Dray Walk gallery should be on your radar.
Born out of a love of nature, Thomas Danthony and Clare Mabin came up with the idea for Touch Wood, asking 50 celebrated international artists, designers and illustrators to express what nature means to them by contributing an original piece of art, created on a wooden board.
From the legendary Nathalie du Pasquier, creator of the Memphis movement in the 1980s, to Jean Jullien, known most famously for his ‘Peace for Paris’ symbol in 2015, all of the artworks will be available to buy during the four-day event from 17 October, with profits going to the World Land Trust.
“These artists have created beautiful artworks on wood, reflecting their relationship with nature – whether it be hopeful, spiritual and poetic or nostalgic and critical,” says Danthony. “Some are playful, others dramatic. Referring back to the meaning of the expression ‘touch wood’, these artworks may be perceived as lucky charms.”
Aside from the upcoming exhibition, there’s also a beautiful accompanying book. Designed by Sarah Boris and published by Counter Print, it reproduces the work contributed for the show. Profits made from the sale of this book will also be donated to the World Land Trust.
Nathalie Du Pasquier