Hi everyone, this is the second blog featuring the makers who will be at our Makers Market on the 18/19 August at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. We are lucky to have such talented Makers in Wales, and it is so interesting to see where they find their inspiration and how they then create their pieces in their own individual style. How are your wish lists progressing? I’m sure you’ll be adding to them after meeting today’s Makers!
Today the first Maker I’m going to say a few words about is Holly Hart Holly Hart makes one of a kind textile and paper artwork pieces. Holly has an affinity with the natural world and is able to capture the beauty and character of a bird, animal and insect in her own unique style. It’s a beguiling combination of fabric/stitch and drawing/painting which makes these pieces so very special. I’m hoping that Holly brings some of her smaller pieces like the animal badges to the Makers Market, and her printed t-shirts and bags. I’m a big otter fan so I’m hoping that they will make an appearance on Holly’s stall in some form or another. Visiting Holly’s stall will be a wonderful opportunity to take home a piece which will give you joy each time you see it, just look at the adorable dormouse in his nest!
The next Maker I’m going to talk about is International Feltmakers Association (Mandy Nash) Mandy is an established maker who is excited about exploring the possibilities of materials. Her passions are colour, pattern and technique and you can clearly see this expressed in her jewellery and felt accessories/hangings. I particularly admire Mandy’s jewellery which makes use of different materials such as linen, lace and taffeta. I like the clean lines and muted palette in the linen and lace items, but also enjoy the exuberance of the taffeta pieces. I hope I can catch a few moments with Mandy to talk more about how she created the taffeta pieces as they intrigue me. I’m a keen felter so I can’t wait to see her bags and scarves, and to touch them. Please bring the fish Mandy! They look wonderful in the photographs and I’m sure will be even better in real life. I hope to see you in the queue for Mandy’s wonderful pieces.