Makers are some of my favourite subjects. I think it’s being part of a creative process that I enjoy so much – as well as the fact most of them have the most naturally photogenic studios I’ve ever seen, even if they’re too humble to admit it. One such person is the brilliantly talented Helen Robinson.
A natural born creative and macramé maker who’s work you’ve probably seen holding up one of the many plants in Conservatory Archives, (for those who don’t know what that is, it’s the plant shop come jungle in Hackney featuring on my bank statement and Insta-feed all too often).
Though she puts so much time, care and thought, along with endless bouts of creativity, into her work, she’s about as critical as I am when it comes to appreciating them. I think this dedication and my detirmination to really show these pieces and her process off which made the shoot all the more enjoyable.
These are just a few from the day.
You can see more of her work on her Instagram, in Liberty London & the Ace Hotel.
Of the things that I’ve learnt over the last year and a half (trust me there’s been a lot, I was faaairly clueless) the importance of good collaboration is probably the one which has made the most impact.
I miss home. Moving back to London was always going to be bittersweet. I knew that after the months of complaining I’d miss the Isle of Wight as soon as I left it; I’ve always been the kind of person to not realise how good they’ve got it until it’s gone. (And then obsess about it afterwards.) Having lived in London before I’ve known that I’m a country girl at heart, no matter how many restaurants and galleries want to tempt me otherwise. The only thing I underestimated this time round was just how much.
It’s rare that an object can evoke such a sense of place and purpose, but with Chloe Burke of Whinblossom’s ceramics the impact of their coastal roots is clear from the minute you catch a glimpse of her beautiful designs.
The coast is at the heart of everything she does, from the clay she collects from the Isle of Wight’s southern cliffs to the colour palettes and sea-side fauna she collects and watercolours for inspiration. It’s one of the reasons I started following her journey last year and when she got in touch about a shoot I couldn’t wait to work with her.
Only in the final year of university, Chloe has already done more than I hope to achieve by thirty. If ever. We spent the day together capturing her process from the cliffs to fire on a wintery morning on the Island – here are some for you to enjoy.