To coincide with our debut Barnabas Makers Series, we chat to our makers to find out more about their practice, what influences their work and how craft can be a powerful tool to connect with not only yourself, but the community.
- What is your background – how did you get into your creative practice?
I graduated from Loughborough University in 2019 where I studied printed textile design and fell in love with the traditional handprinted process of screen printing. After graduating, I founded my own creative practice gaining support from both the Princes Trust and Cockpit Arts and I am now based in a collaborative studio with Cockpit Arts. I was fortunate enough to be awarded their ‘Make It! 2020’ award which has seen me being based in their Holborn studios for a year and a half now. I live in Thamesmead, southeast London, and do a lot of community arts work here.
2. What kind of work do you create and what sets you apart?
All the work that I create is colourful and aims to make people happy. I design and make stationary, textiles and artwork which is often beautifully framed. Although at heart I am a printmaker, I adore seeing my work in the large-scale and I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work on some large-scale commissions that saw me paint in my community.
What’s important to me is that everything I produce, albeit homeware, stationary or a large-scale mural, is hand rendered. I want everything to feel like it’s been made my me, by a person, an independent maker. Since graduating I have found myself sharing my knowledge and teaching in a variety of settings, in schools, universities, private capacities and care homes.
3. What informs your work?
I am inspired by shape, colour and people. I am a big advocate for community and representing those who may not have the same platform as me. Enabling people to be creative regardless of skill or ability is my passion; I aim to show this through the colourful work I create and the places I inhabit as an artist.
4. Alongside your workshops, what else are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently exhibiting at the Country Living Fair London – this is my first ever fair! I have also just launched the ‘Playtime Collection’ which was inspired by the theme of play in my hometown of Thamesmead. The collection shows bright, bold, confident shapes which have been applied to stationary and the most beautiful cushions. I wanted the cushions to radiate fun as in my home I surround myself with things that make me happy. There are 6 new cushions in the Playtime collection, and they are each double sided. A pattern on each side means you are guaranteed twice the amount of joy in your home!
5. Does your practice link to sustainability/the community in any way?
Community is important to both my personal and professional values. I have a yearning to teach and share my skill set to enable people to be creative and express themselves. Sustainability also plays a huge role in what I produce, I am conscious about how my business can create as little negative environmental impact as possible. The plastic I use for example is biodegradable and I use paper bags.
The collage packs that I sell are a great example of how I have consciously repurposed waste. They are made up of offcuts of my screen-printed papers, colourful card and quirky shapes. They come with a full set of instructions on how to collage and there are lots of examples of the collages on my Instagram. They make the most perfect gift, stocking filler or creative aid.
6. What made you eager to put on this workshop at the House?
I love to share the skills I have learned throughout my education and career. To do this in such an amazing environment is an honour. I’m also very keen to get us all making cards again – there is something so special about a handmade card that is truly like a gift in itself. I personally don’t think there is anything more thoughtful that a handwritten card coming through the post, and we’re going to make 6 of them!
Find out more about Paige’s work and products by heading to her website – HERE.
Join Paige for a Christmas Card making workshop at the House on Thursday 24th November by grabbing your tickets – HERE.