PARALLEL PRACTICES RESIDENCY

  Parallel Practices: Making for Medicine 2016 – Learning through making – unique R&D collaborations between craft makers and medical professionals, exploring and testing the benefits of craft-based learning for science and health students, led by partners Crafts Council and Cultural Institute at King’s.   I have secured one of the Crafts Council’s Parallel Practices Residencies at King’s College London, based in the Maker Space or as it is better known in the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Science, theRead more

GEORGIAN ENAMELS EXHIBITION… MASTER CLASS

As part of the Georgian Enamels: Piecing together a new narrative project I have just completed a three session master class, spread over as many weeks, at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University. The aim of the event was to explore some of the ideas and processes used in the creation of the work for the exhibition, giving participants the opportunity to develop new skills in enamel and apply this knowledge to the creation of their own enamel objects.Read more

GEORGIAN ENAMELS: PIECING TOGETHER A NEW NARRATIVE – WORK REVEALED

It has been rather a hectic last few weeks, finishing work, installing the exhibition and since it has opened, following up local and national press interest. Craft and Design magazine printed a lovely double page spread in the May/June 2015 issue. The exhibition consists of eight cases and an interpretation wall that explains the important role community workshops had in developing the initial narratives for the work. Four cases contain the new contemporary satirical craftwork, #Chaterama, Voyeur Viewer and Tinderbox,Read more

GEORGIAN ENAMELS: PIECING TOGETHER A NEW NARRATIVE…SNUFFED OUT CHARLOTTE

Things have been rather busy over the last two weeks, #Chaterama, the faux 18th Century social communicator machine that I have been working on has been completed. This was photographed with the historic enamel birds fitted in place alongside their 21st century blue cousins. They fitted perfectly first time, which I considered an accomplishment as I had to make paper templates of the historic Finche’s base profiles at the museum and then take these back to the workshop to fabricate theRead more

GEORGIAN ENAMELS: PIECING TOGETHER A NEW NARRATIVE, THE STORY UNFOLDS… #CHATERAMA!

The ‘Georgian Enamels: Piecing together a new narrative’ project is now well under way and the second of the ‘Enamels on Tour’ consultation events took place this week. During the session participants handled, discussed, deliberated and imagined what the objects were, who owned them, and the back-story that had resulted in the objects becoming damaged or incomplete, and then documented their imaginative thoughts on paper. The events are designed to generate, through a combination of handling of the enamel fragmentsRead more

GATE GATE LEAVES HOME!

There will be an opportunity to see ‘Gate Gate’ away from its now permanent location at The Vyne National Trust house, as Unravelled will be guest curating an exhibition of works made for the Unravelled project, at Contemporary Applied Arts in London, during April and May this year.Read more

GET FRESH EXHIBITION OPENING AT THE DEVON GUILD OF CRAFTSMEN

I have just returned from North Devon after opening Get Fresh, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s exhibition for early career craft makers. The show has become a regular feature of The Guild’s programming and it was a real privilege to be asked to undertake the selection process last summer and then return to open the event on Friday night. The quality of the work was excellent and shows that, despite the continued contraction of Craft degree courses nationally, typified recently byRead more

GEORGIAN ENAMELS: PIECING TOGETHER A NEW NARRATIVE CONSULTATION EVENT

The first of the ‘Enamels on Tour’ public consultation events for the Georgian Enamels: Piecing together a new narrative project, took place last night. 20 members of the ‘Friends of Bantock House Museum’ group braved the wet and windy weather to enjoy a glass of wine and mince pie, learn about some of the Bilston enamel objects and contribute ideas to the project. The session was lead by Bantock House Museum Curator/Manager Helen Steatham and myself. I opened the proceedings,Read more