A special guest blog from Katie Honnor – head honcho at madebyhandonline
On the 6th March the doors of the Unit Twelve Gallery will open to reveal a selection of work from our Makers in our first ever exhibition ‘madebyhandonline presents…’ We are so excited!
We know the curation of the work will be beautiful – the gallery owners Jennifer and Iain always present work so imaginatively and respectfully. We know which of our Makers will be submitting work and we’ve especially requested some of the pieces, but we don’t know every single piece that will be on show!
To us, this exhibition is about what goes on behind the scenes of our site. It’s about the people making : their iconic pieces, their ideas, the pleasure, the stories – the celebration of contemporary craft from a fantastic collection of Makers. Our Makers have been busy preparing their work and there’s not long to go now. Samantha Bryan’s Fairies (pictured above) are en route. Here’s a little glimpse for you, and us, of what’s in store. …
These are the hands of Sarah Culleton working on one of her submissions.
“My own most iconic piece would be my God Save the Queen Bag, which was designed from an old biscuit tin of mine. And so I’m having a very self indulgent time, trying to make bag versions of many of the Coronation bits in my collection, which is quite possibly the most fun I’ve had in a long time!”
Rachel Foxwell has been developing new work for our exhibition.
“I am really excited about this exhibition, it’s always amazing to be exhibiting alongside very talented makers. I am also excited as this exhibition is the first time I will be showing my ‘mixed vases’ – a new size vase with a combination colour palette from the colours in my range, and these will relate to the individual coloured vessels shown alongside them.”
“I have absolutely loved making these over the last few weeks, from making the very first pair it became very clear the possible combinations is endless and I can’t wait to make more to compliment my single coloured vessels.”
Clare Hillerby’s jewellery is now finished and ready to send to Unit Twelve.
We can’t wait to see this incredible brooch…
This is one of Lisa Ellul’s favourite pieces just about to be wrapped and sent to the gallery.
“I’ve highlighted some of the leaves with gold leaf as if they are reflecting the sunlight, though there is not much of that at the moment! I love the way the leaves look almost fossilised.”It’s wonderful to hear that so much pleasure has been during the preparations!
On Julia Parry-Jones’ bench peg:
“All my delicate treasury pendants lined up on the bench, just a few finishing touches and they’ll be ready to go. I can definitely feel spring in the air! Early stages of making and soldering all the components of my statement ring. The completed piece has 11 carefully soldered joints in!”
A personal favourite of Julia’s…this piece even has a detachable stick pin so you can remove the vintage millinery leaf for hand washing!
These are prints of some of the landscape observations submitted by Dionne Swift. They’re available to order here to run alongside her drawings and stitched work at the exhibition.
“I walk, draw and sew to bring the atmosphere and energy of the landscape into our homes. For ‘madebyhandonline presents…’ at Unit Twelve I have created brand new drawings and heavily stitched wall pieces in misty muted tones showing the calmer, more gentle side of our surroundings – lose yourself in the entwined threads/stitches, let the muted colours melt your worries away…”
Many thanks to our Makers for the special preview! Other Makers will be taking part and we can’t wait to see the finished exhibition. Please put the dates in your diaries and spread the news. We hope to see you there….
6th March – 31st May
Open Thursday – Saturday, 10.00 – 4.00pm.