The Risk Makers are coming to The Contemporary Craft Festival!

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In just over 2 weeks it’ll be time for the fantastic Contemporary Craft Festival here in our hometown of Bovey Tracey in Devon. It’ll be the fifteenth year of the show! We’re really proud to be sponsors of this event and our director Katie will be joining the judging panel again for a very privileged look at all the stands before the show opens for the private view and maker award ceremony. It’s such a great social event too. Lots of our makers will be exhibiting over the 3 days and we can’t wait to catch up with everyone.

And this year, there’s more… we are excited to announce that we are going to have our very own exhibition space at the Festival to present the first stage of our Risk Makers project. We’ve brought together a group of our makers to challenge, collaborate and take and make risks with their work. Over the last few weeks our Risk Makers have been planning, sharing ideas and beginning to work collaboratively with one another. (Read more about the beginnings of this project here). Here are some behind the scenes pictures from their studios…

We’re interested in playing, teaching, sharing skills and providing the freedom to experiment with materials to make exciting combinations, and this could lead to new products, new ideas and new ways to involve more people in making.

We have Marna Lunt collaborating with Virginia Graham and Jennifer Collier, Suzanne Breakwell with Claire Read, Dionne Swift with Tone von Krogh, Adam Cornish with Jennifer Collier, Helen Noakes with Dionne Swift and more!

At the Festival we’ll present our Risk Maker’s work (some complete and some in progress) alongside their sketches and materials, providing Festival visitors with the first opportunity to see the collaborations (and the potentials) between these exceptional makers. This is just the beginning so we’d love your feedback.

Through this project we’re also interested in exploring wellbeing and the positive results of making for comfort, release and therapy, as well as the challenges of being a maker working in isolation. If you’re visiting the Festival please do come and see us – we’d value your thoughts and experiences.

We’re also very happy to have Andy Poplar of [vinegar & brown paper] with us. He’s been working with Marna Lunt to combine his emotive, etched glass with her contemporary embroidery. They’ve started to create a collection of extraordinary lampshades based on inspirational female figures and we’ll be exhibiting some of these in our yurt.

So, keep a look out for our beautiful Risk Makers yurt (from Yurts for Life) and come and say hello. We’ll also have demonstrations and talks in the yurt over the 3 days, and there will be opportunities for visitors to experiment with materials and meet us and our Risk Makers.

If you can’t make it to the Festival we’d still love to hear from you via social media, here in our blog or via email.