Ahoy! It is Spring at last, and I’m now happily settled into my new studio at The Open Market, Brighton, and very much enjoying this new cycle of making.
This year I’ll be contributing textiles to a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival this May; “An Artist’s Studio at Home” is a collaborative garden and studio design in the new ‘Green Living Spaces’ category, and I hope the team; Stephanie Tudor, Jessica Makins and Jeffrey Hart, all get the recognition they deserve for such a beautiful garden with sustainable ethics;
Later this year I’ll be featured in a new book of slow-crafts by Canopy Press, called “Woven & Worn”, as a follow up to their 2018 edition “Forge & Carve”, this series of books explore making as a contemporary crafts practice, a way to promote traditional hand skills and an insight into the current movement of ethical and sustainable making. All the images for my chapter have been photographed on location in the studio by Amy Very;
I was very lucky to be dressed by designer Justine Tabak for this shoot, with jewellery by Stef Warne at Peculiar Vintage;
On May 22nd I’ll be delivering a talk for Makers & Tools as part of the Crafting Your Career Symposium. The project is a month-long exploration of craft, with exhibition and makers-days, plus the symposium, all curated and facilitated by Melody Vaughan, craft consultant and all round super hero. Very much looking forward to a creative time with my contemporaries and colleagues;
My final, most significant piece of news is that I have taken on a weaving apprentice, Rose, who is learning all the hand skills of ethical wool work, yarn spinning, blending and weaving. Rose will be with me in the studio every Wednesday for the next six months, and I hope to give you an update on her progress in the near future as we work together. Her apprenticeship diary is on her blog, so please have a read;
All best wishes for a wonderful springtime,
Bright Moon Weaving Studio