Visit the studio of four contemporary makers working across ceramics, textiles and traditional furniture making in Session One of the Virtual Open Studios program presented as part of Craft Contemporary. Taking place live via Zoom, go behind the scenes into the creative environments of these makers and gain a deeper understanding of their processes with exclusive insights and demonstrations.

11:00am - 11:30am /
Christina Darras
11:30am - 12:00pm / Stuart Davidson
12:00pm - 12:30pm / Kate Brouwer
12:30pm - 1:00pm / Emma Shepherd


11:00am - 11:30am / Christina Darras
During her studio tour, textile artist Christina Darras will demonstrate how to make a fabric mask, including how to cut, paint, embroider or print on the fabric, and then stitch it all together. The materials are sturdy calico fabric, acrylic paints, a silicon surface for linocuts to create a printing pattern and a sewing machine to stitch it together. Christina will be using her Kingston Arts studio ( if not in Lockdown). During the 30 minutes demo, viewers will be able to understand how an intuitive and interdisciplinary process works and how one may apply different crafts to serve an idea. The mask here represents a multi-layered identity that one can wear or display.


11:30am - 12:00pm / Stuart Davidson
Join furniture maker and designer Stuart Davidson as he demonstrates how to work with timber rived from a log using sharp-bladed handtools. In his studio visit, he will share the construction process of the Windsor chair, including some of the techniques used to carve spindles on a shave horse, and how seat carvings are achieved.


12:00pm - 12:30pm / Kate Brouwer
Ceramicist
Kate Brouwer of Asobimasu Clay, will share insight into her new production studio & store. Kate will discuss the importance of an aesthetic and an organised workspace and the influence her surroundings have on her work and flow.


12:30pm - 1:00pm / Emma Shepherd
For her open studio, textile artist, Emma Shepherd will walk viewers through her studio, showing examples of work on the loom, materials she often works with, and some of her favourite and inspiring books, and show some of the work she is working on completed works. Emma will also share a brief insight into some of the processes involved in setting up a warp and weaving.


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Craft Contemporary

A festival exploring how craft is evolving in the 21st century
1 - 31 October