“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it”John Ruskin
I like making things, in all kinds of different ways. It feels good to be working with my hands, which is perhaps something I learned from my parents, both of whom I have watched toil, and shared their labours, in many different media and to many different ends: woodwork, cooking, sewing, building, rebuilding, writing, glueing, designing, adding, fixing. I value this physical aspect of labour more now than ever, it gives a sense of satisfaction that I have found nowhere else. It has its roots in ‘make do and mend’ for me, but it goes beyond that into expression of self and compassion (literally, suffering with) others.
I make things to give away, and to use myself; I make things to make use of resources we have rather than buy in new ones; I make things to find out how; I make things to feel them and to connect.
Anyway, in these pages you can see some of the things I have made…