Craft production articles

Oct
10
2021
Eloise Sentito

Craft production, prices and mutual credit: weaving

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This is the third and final part of an interview with weaver and mutual credit enthusiast Eloise Sentito of These Isles, in which we talk about the prices of craft produce, and how mutual credit can help. Part 1 contained advice for anyone considering a career as a weaver, and part 2 was about the sustainability of craft production.

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Sep
26
2021
Eloise Sentito

Is craft production sustainable?

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At Lowimpact.org we’re interested in helping to bring production back to communities, and so we’re talking with craftspeople, smallholders, natural builders, renewables installers and small business owners in our range of topics. I’ll be asking them about their jobs, and for advice for people who might be interested in doing similar things.

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Sep
15
2021
Robin Fawcett

Support your local green woodworker

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Green woodworking – beautuful stools, chairs, tables, bowls, spoons and kitchen utensils. What’s not to like? ‘Price’ is what some of you might be saying, and this is a topic we’re going to be coming back to again and again. Price is the stumbling block that is pushing us towards a world of low-quality goods, sweatshops, environmental damage, breakdown of community and unemployment – and away from a world of high-quality goods, craft production, sustainability, short supply chains and vibrant communities.

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Sep
12
2021
Eloise Sentito

Career change? Making a living from weaving

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Career change? Making a living from weaving. At Lowimpact.org we’re interested in helping to bring production back to communities, and so we’re talking with craftspeople, smallholders, natural builders, renewables installers and small business owners in our range of topics. I’ll be asking them about their jobs, and for advice for people who might be interested in doing similar things.

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Jul
25
2021
Tom Humphries

Career change? Making a living from making pottery

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At Lowimpact.org we’re interested in helping to bring production back to communities, and so we’re going to be talking with craftspeople, smallholders, natural builders, renewables installers and small business owners in our range of topics. I’ll be asking them about their jobs, and for advice for other people who are interested in doing similar things. Read more …

Jun
20
2021
Dave Darby

What kind of work do we want to do? Is working with our hands passé?

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There’s an approach to life that sees craft jobs, or smallholding and food production, including baking, brewing and beekeeping, as well as any kind of job that involves manual work and dexterity as somehow retrograde and passé, and that ‘work’ now means mainly putting on a suit and travelling to an office to do something-or-other in sectors such as finance, advertising, sales, fashion or PR. Read more …

Mar
26
2021
Sophie Paterson

Craft in a crisis: helping heritage crafts come back from the brink

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With a host of already endangered heritage crafts at even greater risk as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, what does the future hold and how can we play a part in helping heritage crafts survive and even thrive? Sophie Paterson explores. Read more …

Dec
4
2019
Eloise Sentito

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room”

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With the end of 2019 drawing near, nomadic handweaver Eloïse Sentito reflects on a year of significant change, living on the edge while spinning, dyeing and weaving her way from Brittany to Devon.
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Jul
31
2019
Ruby Taylor

Making an oak swill with basket maker Owen Jones

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We hear from Ruby Taylor of Native Hands about her recent trip to the Lake District, learning how to craft an oak swill with basket maker Owen Jones. Read more …

Jun
27
2019
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 15: the final wool yarn package and packaging

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The yarn is ready to package up at The Natural Fibre Company’s spinning mill, as Sue Blacker shares the final leg of The Wool Journey. Read more …

May
9
2019
Ele Waters

Fancy joining the Pentiddy Woods family on an immersive 9 month internship?

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Here’s your chance! We hear from Ele and Anthony at Pentiddy Woods about a unique learning opportunity on offer from October 2019. Read more …

Nov
4
2018
Sophie Paterson

Fancy learning to spin or weave or know someone else who would?

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Are you tempted to give learning to spin or weave a whirl but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you have a friend or family member looking for a new craft challenge? Our new online courses are for you! Read more …

Oct
30
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 11: which yarn to make?

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Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company continues The Wool Journey with the all of important question: which yarn to make? Read more …

Sep
27
2018
Richard Phillips

Ten top tips for running a market stall or craft fayre stall

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Today we’re sharing ten tips for running a market stall or craft fayre stall from the folks behind The Soap Kitchen. Read more …

Sep
20
2018
Ruby Taylor

Pottery on the wild side: digging your own clay

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Digging your own clay – too much hassle or a whole lot of fun? We hear from Ruby Taylor of Native Hands about how to source your own clay, as she does for her wild pottery courses in Sussex. Over to her from here…  Read more …

Jun
21
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 10: using traditional carding machines

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In the tenth installment of The Wool Journey with Sue Blacker at The Natural Fibre Company, we learn about the next stage of preparing wool to spin, using traditional carding machines. Read more …

Jun
12
2018
Roxy Piper

Off Grid Festival 2018: another world is possible

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Roxy Piper tells us all about this year’s Off Grid Festival, taking place from 9-12th August in the historic Tapeley Park and Gardens in North Devon, with the theme of Seven Generation Stewardship. Read more …

May
3
2018
Ruby Taylor

Making a netted bag using looped cordage with Ruby Taylor

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Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares how to make a netted bag using looped cordage and explores the history of using natural fibres to produce wild cordage. Read more …

Mar
11
2018
Eloise Sentito

Who can afford artisan goods? For truly green businesses, we have to kick the money habit

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Hi, how’s business? As an artisan working with wool, January and February are usually peak season for me, but this year they’ve been the worst months on my records, despite the big freeze. Read more …

Feb
4
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 7: uses of different fibre types

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Continuing The Wool Journey, Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company explains the uses of different fibre types. It is said that everything of a pig can be used but the squeak and the same is true of fleeces! Read more …

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