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.
The light was perfect. The workshop filled with all of the antiquities and wooden floor tiles that makes Lassco so infamous and would, on a usual day, transfix me for hours, was so beautifully lit that it obscured all other potential distractions, except for one more thing – the smell.
The kind of smell that stays with you for hours, even days after the first hit. Alex from 26 Grains was prepping for the evening’s workshop in collaboration with Lucy Franks & Lassco Ropewalk‘s series – The Seasons At Lassco and I was there to shoot it all.