The Crafty Networking Initiative

Crafty Networking is an Initiative to support craft-workers, designers and artists to make positive connections with like-minded people. We endeavor to put makers, sellers, bloggers, buyers and enthusiasts in touch to discuss their work, share skills and interests, meet people who may be able to help with the commercial success of their work, and connect them with the rich and inspirational collections at the Pitt Rivers.

Crafty Networking is a collaborative programme between the VERVE project at the Pitt Rivers, the O3 Gallery and Darn It & Stitch. Crafty networking events take places four times a year.

The spoon barn

Thursday 4 September 18.00 -19.30

Barnaby Carder, AKA ‘Barn the Spoon’, runs London’s Little Spoon shop, in which he sits and carves functional spoons of all kinds from fresh wood using axes and knives. Barn gathers his wood from local sustainable sources, including Tower Hamlets Cemetery park! Focusing on his carving practice, Barn will show examples, and will discuss his transition from apprentice to a journeyman peddling his wares on the street, to seasoned East End shop owner. Talk begins 18.30.

Cash bar and entry via the South Door, Robinson Close, off South Parks Road: Map. (PDF)

Watch a clip of Barn in action, and talking about his practice.

Felicity Ford

Thursday 11 December 18.00 -19.30

Knitter and artist Felicity Ford will discuss her practice and the mediums that inform her work. Her particular ‘obsession’ with combing wool and sounds began, in her own words, ‘in 2007 when I knitted a sound system and played the sounds of making my dinner through it…From the moment I cast off, pressed play, and pushed a soft speaker playing sizzling onions to my ears, I knew I was on to something!’

Felicity is interested in everyday things, women’s history and labour, and the home as a specific site of meaning, exploring these obsessions through recording, podcasting, hand-knitting, radio-making, dyeing, spinning, and writing. Cash bar and entry via the South Door, Robinson Close, off South Parks Road: Map. (PDF)

Visit Felicity’s website for more information on her work.

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