In February, Collect Open returns to the Saatchi Gallery, unveiling new work from 14 makers from across the UK to Collect’s international audience. For the makers, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to step outside the confines of their usual practice and experiment with new concepts and creative directionsRead More
This new body of work was created to celebrate the skill, dexterity and the creative problem solving of people who make things, recognising the value of clever hands in an increasingly digital and cerebral age.Concerned about the position of making in the hierarchy of skills we value as a society and how this is exacerbated by the decline of making in schools, Emily has made a series of portraits of contemporary makers to reflect how proud she is to be a member of this creative community.
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Back at the beginning of 2017 I conceived of an idea to make a series of portraits of makers through the tools they use, this project came to be called the Value of Making. My aim was celebrate people who make things; a constructive retort to my general feeling that society doesn't value making highly enough. I chose seven contemporary makers whose work I admire because of their design aesthetic, making skill and materiality; across a broad range of disciplines.
Over the last few weeks I have written in no particular order about all the makers I have depicted. Next week I will be presenting all my maker portraits at Collect Open 2018.Read More
I met Sarah over twenty years ago when we both had studios in Clerkenwell, we weren’t in the same building but our paths would cross.Read More
I did ask Eleanor if she minded being represented as a calculator but she assured me it really is a vital tool.Read More
It was pouring with rain when I arrived at Sebastian Cox’s workshop, down beside the river at Woolwich. When I came inside it was so inspiring to find such a hive of activity, Sebastian has several workshops and a very young looking team of Craftsmen and Designer Makers.Read More
Ane Christensen was the first maker I approached to be part of this project. I went to visit her at her Hackney Studio back in August 2017. Ane describes herself as a Metalworker she makes stunningly beautiful geometric sculptural forms - pure, yet complex. I remember coming away from Ane's studio full of enthusiasm for my project 'The Value of Making'Read More
When I enquired if she had a favourite tool; without hesitation she jumped up to find a nose shaped wooden ‘rib’ that she uses when throwing her pots.Read More
Michael Ruh works not far from my home in South East London but I'd never been to his studio or met him prior to embarking on this project. Ruh's glass is exquisite in its simplicity; I love the utility of it and the sweet colours.Read More
In the latest issue of Embroidery Magazine, Jo Hall previews Collect Open 2018Read More
I'm so thrilled to announce that The Value of Making (my Makers and Doers project) has been selected by the Crafts Council to show at COLLECT - The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects. My project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.Read More