There is a special power that happens with sharing online. When we share images and videos of what we've been pursuing creatively, we open up spaces that otherwise remained out of view. Making and processes that are often tucked into the domestic spaces of our homes suddenly become visible. Studios I'd otherwise never see are there for me to drool over and dream of one day having myself.
Process is a big part of the #wipsandblooms hashtag that I cohost with my friend and talented ceramicist Katie Robbins on Instagram. From hosting this hashtag I've enjoyed getting to know a community of handmade business owners and makers who are crafting their online spaces to communicate the wonderful journey of realising creative ideas. Dresses, illustrations, mitts and prints nestle side by side with bowls, biscuits and bunting. To say it's my favourite place to cruise at the end of the day is an understatement. More than once I've fallen down a rabbit hole of clicking through to someone's profile and pouring over the images that they've left almost like a trail of breadcrumbs for me to find.
It's why I am so pleased to share last month's winning entry with you. I've been absolutely thrilled to discover Rebecca thanks to her story telling of her #wipsandblooms as a natural dyer. It's a fascinating journey to observe and so beautifully captured for us to see. Congratulations Rebecca, you win a hand bound journal courtesy of last month's sponsor,
So while diving down rabbit holes lately, I've been noticing I'm getting drawn increasingly to weaving. I kind of feel this was inevitable for a fibre lover such as me but with the forthcoming move, I've had visions of beautifully puffy clouds of merino roving and less frivolous plied wools sitting happily side by side in the same wall hanging. I'm intrigued, so it was particularly serendipitous when Fran from the We Make Collective jumped in as sponsor and collaborator for this month's #wipsandblooms.
Fran has been also been hosting the #myhandsmaking hashtag so this month we're joining forces. If you would like to participate, you can join us by taking a picture of your latest projects with some seasonal blooms and get your hands in on the action too. Post them on Instagram and add #wipsandblooms and #myhandsmaking for your chance to win one of Fran's incredibly popular hand-loom travel kits. You can read more about the We Make Collective here:
I can't wait to see what people invent this month!
Oh and for those of you wondering if it takes an Instagram husband to achieve such shots, a make shift tripod and the timer setting will work just as well or simply holding your phone high up to capture just one hand. Trust me on this one ;)