Boat #2 drying on Peter’s lawn.
By the third or fourth day of the New Designers show, I was a little disheartened. I didn’t fit in. Why did I bring a boat to a show like this? A basket-woven boat!
That morning I took my time getting in and went to Oxford Circus. None of the shops were open. I remembered a contact I was given the day before, there was a name, a place I was told to go to. And it was nearby - it was the New Craftsmen Gallery in Mayfair. So I went. And what a place! A thoughtful and inspiring collection of objects that celebrate all the best things about British craftsmanship. I had an inspiring conversation with Catherine Lock and spoke of collaborative possibilities. I left in slightly better spirits than I had arrived.
Then I got a text, someone had asked for me at the show. Apparently Sebastian Conran had called by and he’d asked the price of my boat, he’d left a card and asked me to call.
So I called, we had a talk about the boat, I explained my project, and the journey, the need to make an object I could actually use, and he wanted to buy it, as a birthday present for his father.
I wasn’t quite ready to part with it after the effort of a seven month journey. So I offered to make another, and 2 months later it was finished. But I wasn’t completely happy with it (another story!). So I offered him the original, and last week dropped it off with Terence in time for his birthday.
And now… boat #2 is the one to take me off on part #2 of the journey.
Me and my boat at the DesignersBlock show in the Southbank Arts Centre for the London Design Festival.
I got to have a holiday *sigh*
A very happy dog watching my interview with BBC Radio Sussex about my Journeywoman project.
My interview with Sarah of BBC Radio Sussex explaining my Journeywoman project. If you’re lucky you’ll catch a bit of Bon Jovi too. It might take a minute to load!
Journeywoman - mapping the different crafts and skilled people I’ve met over the past year
XM - my online portfolio
Peter helped me cover my boat yesterday. Now I can take it on the water!
Spinning in the sunshine.
The willow arrives
Coil basket-making with Stella Harding using willow and my home-spun woolflax.