We — my mother, Stuart and I — went to visit some of the Open Studios in North Fife last weekend, and this time we went with our research hats on in order to glean ideas for our own open studio later on. We concentrated on textile artists, though we took in some other media as we went round, and they were a very diverse bunch. It got me thinking that I need to present my own approach to weaving very clearly, which suggests that I might need to think about it clearly too… I was formulating a plan for this, when Aviva beat me to it with this excellent Pecha Kucha presentation of her approach to “slow making”. Just in case you haven’t come across Pecha Kucha before, there’s an explanation here, but the basic idea is a concise and fairly fast-paced presentation — which in this case is rather a contrast to the craft being explored! When it comes to presentations, I am all in favour of succinct, so perhaps that’s a format I should be considering for the clarification process?
Another train of thought, also related to the open studio event, is the need to make “small things”. Like this covered button. I was surprised how well the button structure worked with quite thick handwoven fabric: it would be safe to place an order on eBay, I think.