Oh happy days! I have super fond memories of guiding a talented group of ceramicists, jewellers and textile artists through their Contemporary Design Crafts degree at the University of Hertfordshire, during my time as a Visiting Lecturer there in recent years.
Happy news of the day, is that one of this talented bunch, Scott Carter Wilson, has just been selected by New Designers for their “One Year On” showcase. What great news! Well done Scott – we’d all better buy a pot soon, as I predict bigger things in store for you. I’m hugely proud x
Yesterday provided an outing for my new shiny shoes! I headed into London for the CraftNet and Crafts Council event, exploring collaborations in craft practice, at the fabulous Conway Hall – a 1920s listed building (home of the Ethical Society). And what more appropriate phrase to find above the stage in the main hall than this: "To Thine Own Self Be True". For a bunch of artists makers, this seemed like the perfect motto, and we decided that we couldn't agree more!
There was a great conversation between Sarah Warsop, (choreographer/jeweller) and Tracey Rowledge (artist/bookbinder), discussing their collaboration on “What Isn’t Here Hasn’t Happened”, and how drawing can act as a bridge between movement and object.
We also heard about work and collaborations in the Acts of Making Festival too (held in 2015), as introduced by Lorna Burn. The highlight? all of it to be honest, but I particularly loved the work of Keith Harrison – collaborating with skaters, who used his carved stone work as grinding blocks … craft as performance not product. Love it.
It has been a great start to the new term in the Shedio (albeit a bit blustery!) with various Creative Sketchbook workshops looking at artists who work on found postcards and photographs with stitch ... Julie Cockburn, Jessica Wohl, Diane Meyer, Shaun Kardinal amongst others. As always, the wonderful students far exceeded all expectations, and leapt at the challenge ... the results? Absolutely fantastic work ... don't you think? Lots of questions were raised, and we delved into concepts of memory versus nostalgia; the "uncanny"; identity and history - phew!
Thoughts, works, adventures and responses from the studio and beyond