Making From a Place of Joy

One of the things I love about hat-making is creating mini collections around one theme or idea. These might develop into a model I carry forward or they may stay as one-offs. In the last 6 months I’ve been working a number of these micro-collections and its been so exciting to reconnect with the joy of making.

I’ve given myself permission to experiment whilst adopting the discipline needed to complete unfinished projects that I have procrastinated over for far too long. 

My work has definitely turned a corner and I have lots of new hats that reflect the joy I have had making them. So expect to hear more about it over the coming weeks – I’ll be sharing images of new work on my Instagram and on my Facebook page so make sure you are following! I will be revealing lots of new work at our Open Studios event at Marketplace on the 6th July 10am – 4pm and you are all invited!

OPEN STUDIOS 10th- 11th Dec 11am-5pm

Pop in – Have a chat -Try on hats – Revamp your Hat – Make a Headband – Shop Local

Emma Fozard and I are throwing open the doors of Studio 5 as part of Open Studios at Marketplace on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 11am – 5pm.

Bring along a hat that needs some TLC and we can have a go at giving it a new lease of life. Drop-in to make a fabric bow headband with Emma between 12noon – 2pm.

A selling exhibition of work made by makers at Marketplace in our gallery space on the ground floor will be open and the last Vintage Village of the year is also happening on Sunday so Stockport really is the place to be this weekend!

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Half-Timbered at Market Place

The 27th of November seems like a life-time ago. This event fell on a Foodie Friday and although there was torrential rain in Stockport, people still came to help us open our¬†group exhibition, ‘Half-Timbered’ and to see what goes on behind our studio doors.

 

The event provided a goal and deadline, a definite reason for making that forced me to revisit sampling – something that has fallen by the wayside in pursuit of a well finished product! It reminded me how much I enjoy writing about my work and the important role that plays in reflecting on what I do.

It was also a great way to get to know the other makers at Market Place. We found ourselves popping in and out of eachother’s studio to get feedback on what we were showing. This gave a new perspective and a confidence boost when it was needed most. Building a creative community is incredibly challenging but there is no doubt in my mind that we are definitely stronger together than we would ever be apart.

This was the first time I’d taken part in an open studio event. If you are in two minds about opening up your workspace I’d say, “Go for it!” Although it was a bit nerve racking, I really enjoyed talking about my hats and it was fantastic to see people having fun trying them all on. ¬†Thanks to everyone who came, tried on a titfer and those who placed an order. I hope to see you all again at the next open event.