The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey, Devon is 10 years old. Loved by makers and visitors for it's dedication to skill, quality and happy atmosphere. Sarah James, co-Founder and Director shares her passion for craft and how making can inspire a generation.
Weekends away to London have changed for me over the recent years. Gone has the want or time to go shopping. The trips are short, sharp shocks of culture, washed down with far-too-short catchings up with good friends. The trip was planned to maximise the incredible amount of high intensity craft based activities going on over the weekend.
Chugging quietly into Waterloo, we marched over the
bridge and straight to Wool House at Somerset House. An incredible display championed by the Campaign for Wool withroom upon room decked out in layers of gorgeous wool fabrics expertly displayed in different styles to highlight the incredible versatility of the material.
Onwards, onto Chelsea Town Hall to the Selvedge Spring Fair
which was packed with makers, not just of textiles but potters and paper
sculptors. Spotted a few Festival exhibitors too including Sam Pickard,Linda Bloomfield
and Treefall Design.A red hot Thai curry and white wine followed and a short journey back to the hotel in Kensington.
Next day, we trooped over to the V&A. Love the V&A.
Jostled with the thousands of Bowie fans and headed up the Ceramic Staircase, through the Silver gallery to the Lecture Theatre for the Heritage Craft
Association Spring Conference. Having got over the shock that there wasn’t any
coffee on offer, I sat back and listed to the reason I went, to hear David
Hieatt speak.He is the author of this blog's title. Sell gold for gold prices.
If you don't know who David Hieatt is, look him up. I defy you not to be impressed
and moved about what he has achieved, achieving and dreaming about. David and his company Hiut Denim makes jeans, really good
jeans, in Wales. He sells the jeans for gold prices, because they are worth it.
He also changes the way you look at the
world. Look up the Do Lectures. A really
clever brand or pure integrity? I think both. V rare. He played this film, by Mickey Smith, not
about jeans but about doing something you love. Your life has started, you've chosen it and we need to get
on with it, right now. The Talk Tipi at the Festival is entirely inspired by
the Do Lectures, founded by David Hieatt and I hope that in a some way, we can change the way
people think about craft at the Festival #dosomethingyoulove.
Our inspirational speakers at the Talk Tipiinclude: silver smith David Clarke