In March of this year I travelled to South Africa after being awarded Arts Council
funding through a scheme run by Farnham Maltings called ‘Arrivals and Departures’.
The funding allowed makers to explore their practice by visiting a country and
culture different to their own.

This was my second such research study, having visited India in 2006 whilst at
university as part of a group examining traditional Indian design and manufacturing.
Along with a member of that original group, Tania Pillay, we set off to explore South
Africa, stopping to observe, interview and engage with craftspeople from Cape Town
to Port Elizabeth and beyond, questioning just what was the relevance of craft in such
a fast developing country.

Both studies have left a big impression me, my attitude towards craft and the
value of exchanging hand skills.


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