What happens when an embroiderer and a ceramicist are given the freedom to respond to one another’s work? What happens when a paper artist, jeweller and woodturner collaborate on the same piece? How does collaborative craft impact on an individual maker’s work and wellbeing?
In Autumn 2017 we brought together an amazing group of contemporary craft makers from our community on madebyhandonline to explore different approaches to sharing contemporary craft and skills. We analysed the current challenges for professional makers and our gathering revealed a desire to play, share skills, ask honest questions of one another, to step outside of their comfort zones and take and make risks with their work. Partnerships were formed and exciting collaborations began to evolve over the following months. (Read more in our blog).
Here are our Risk Makers: textile artists Dionne Swift and Marna Lunt, ceramicists Virginia Graham and Tone von Krogh, paper artists Jennifer Collier and Suzanne Breakwell, jeweller Helen Noakes, mixed media artist Claire Read of Little Burrow Designs, woodturner Adam Cornish and glass etcher Andy Poplar of [vinegar & brown paper].
We removed a commercial approach to design, however some collaborations resulted in highly desirable pieces which customers have asked us to sell. So, here you'll find a collection of our Risk Maker's collaborations available to commission...