Keireine and Helen had mentioned that there was an upcoming Craft Fair at City Hall in Cardiff. They could not stress enough how important it would be to attend, not only would it be a an extremely valuable experience, but would allow me to ask questions, find workshops of interest, enquire about work experience, make contacts and hopefully make some new friends.
The amount of exquisite design was just jaw dropping; having spent two hours here, I could have easily have spent another two getting to know each and every artist/designer/maker. I made sure to procure the business cards of the designer/artist/makers that resonate inspiration towards my own creative practice, even buying a wonderful scarf as a Christmas gift for my Mother (£56!!!, but well worth it).
Never underestimate the power of visiting one of these craft fairs, I went in with casual abandonment, but came out fully energised and buzzing with ideas.
Visiting this craft fair in particular awarded me with extremely valuable insight into what I do, and don’t want to do/create as a designer. I respect each and every designer for their uniqueness and individuality, even if I don’t like a designer’s work I can learn from it; turning something negative into a positive is what I am all about. Instead of just saying ‘I hate that’, how about vocalising a certain element that you can relate to.
I have singled out 3-4 designers of which I really struck a chord with. The work of these makers resonated very strongly within me, but all in different notes; structural, textural, colourful, tactile, visual.
MICHELLE GRIFFITHS – RESIST/SHIBORI http://www.shibori.co.uk 07974417403
EMMA JACKSON – STRUCTURAL FELTED TEXTILES http://www.silversoles.co.uk 07753366795
RAY REYNOLDS – TEXTILE ARTIST/FELT/STITCH http://www.rayreynolds.com 07445398575
ELUNED GLYN – CERAMICS http://www.elunedglyn.com/www.designfactory.org.uk
Each of theses designers was happy to spend time discussing their work. As soon as I informed them of my current situation, i.e studying a BA Textile Design, they became even more animated. Michelle Griffiths and I have been contacting each other via e-mail for a few months now, but had never met. It was wonderful to finally meet her!! After chatting for around 15-20 minutes, she discussed the reality of her mentoring me, offering work experience and the real possibility of an apprenticeship!!!! Keireine would be contacted to arrange a schedule that would not affect my work at Uni. So excited!!!!
I have already booked a workshop with Ray Reynolds on Saturday 18th November. Saturday 18th November – Collage in Feltmaking. Using wool, thread and silk to create textural pieces of felt.
10am – 4pm
Booked workshop with Emma Jackson on 21st April 2018. Shibori Felting – Saturday 21st April 2018. A Felt Techniques Sampling Day Folds, Ripples and Spikes
One Day: 10- 4pm
I have e-mailed Eluned and am currently waiting a response.
INCREDIBLY RICH, DIVERS & REWARDING DAY. CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!