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.
Thoughts, works, adventures and responses from the studio and beyond