People Who Make Stuff, you are awesome. You’ve let me into your amazing world and, for the last six years, you’ve let me poke around wherever and however I want.
Hundreds of you have answered my questions, from the profound (why do you really do this?) to the inane (what’s your worst craftastrophe?). You’ve invited me to your events, made me cups of tea and handed me much-needed pints of cider, even let me speak at a few.
You’ve helped me fill columns and features in almost every national newspaper, given me a reason to appear on TV and radio and helped me fulfil a lifetime dream to write a book. Many of you are proper friends too. You’re people who I fully expect to be hanging out with in 10 years time.
Not many people can say all that.
I started writing about you guys, the maker movement, as a bit of hobby. It was something I did after work (as a features and celebrity editor), for fun. This blog was a place to document the stuff I was doing, from features to interviews to events, plus a place to write about anything I couldn’t fit into commissioned articles.
These days, it’s harder to write this blog. I’m still following what you guys are doing (and it’s ACE – I’m especially excited about The Crafts Council’s new education manifesto) but I write about it a lot less. There’s less time to speak at events and accept commissions from newspapers and magazines because my 9-5 is suddenly my 24/7. 12 months ago I joined a start-up and, 12 months later, things are going exceptionally well. Mastered is an investor-backed online fashion school and I spend every waking minute thinking about how to make it better. I like to think I’m helping the designers and creatives among you more than I ever have before.
So this is the last post of Make and Do With Perri. I don’t do anything I can’t do well, and I’m really not doing this blog well. So let me end it with a big thank you. You guys have been awesome. Stay in touch.
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It’s all well and good be prancing around with Instagram, but this was for a good cause – to find out more about Knit for Peace, Peace Oil and Good Gifts. Which I did. And they’ll all ace.
The good news? I’m very excited to be a judge in this year’s Make Awards, along with Holly Becker of decor8 and the two founders and a couple of other most excellent guys. I’m in very good company and very honoured to be there.
You guys can vote too.
The bad news? I’ve spent so much time on NOTH that I now want to buy EVERYTHING.
To celebrate COLLECT, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at the Saatchi gallery, I was asked by the Craft Council to choose one of my favourite pieces from the show.
Who wouldn’t have gone for Bracelet ‘Koi’ by David Bielander, 2012? I love it because it’s beautiful AND functional (Dave, if you want to lend it to me next year for my wedding …)
To see the other objects chosen by the likes of the Design Museum and Ceramic Review, head to the COLLECT Pinterest board.
And there’s no easier way to support them than to buy the birthday cards that they produce. Here’s a few aces from Kate Wilson aka Little Doodles and Gemma Correll that I picked up this weekend.
ps. Kate and Gemma contributed to a little piece I’ve done for the Guardian and BlackBerry. It’s part of an awesome campaign I’m doing for them (along with my awesome colleague DT), which also includes this “how to draw a monster” piece by Jonathan Edwards (aka Felt Mistress‘s fella), “how to be a digital illustrator” by Sam Brewster and the “how to create a monster” video which features some of my favourite creatives. Go have a gander and let me know what you think.
They feature SO much craft. And not boring, dull craft either – it’s the good stuff.
And they were kind enough to quote me in a feature in this issue, in this brilliant piece by Kerry Potter.
Tights from Primark, nailvarnish from Gosh.
Followers of MADWP will know that I’m rather partial to a bit of political craft – it’s why I made this gallery of the best Obama and Romney craft for the Guardian.
Having written it the day before the election, I wasn’t sure whether Melanie Howard’s prediction was going to be that accurate (she reckoned Obama might do it as his finger puppets were outselling the Romney ones), but I’m SUPER glad she was.