Tracie is the last of the designer/makers that I will be sharing a stand with. Here's what she had to say.....
Can you describe your journey to becoming a professional maker?
I returned to education when my youngest child went to school. I began with a part time access course in Art and then a BA (Hons) in Applied Art at Middlesex University.
What comes first materials or design?
My materials come first, I use similar materials in all my work, mainly: wood, fabric and paper but how I use the materials and the process of layering them can be very broad depending on the inspiration for a particular collection of work.
What are your main influences when conceiving a piece of work?
When my great Aunt Alice died she left me a treasure trove of love letters, ephemera and fabrics. These treasures along with her tea sets and jugs inspired my Alice Annie collection of teacups and pitchers.
One of my recent collections, ‘Memory lane’, a series of little houses with imagery and text are inspired by peeling layers of paint often found on doors and walls of old houses. Memory lane collection evokes memories of people and places within the 4 walls of ‘home’. The home being… “the silent receptacle of memory” as written by Roma Tearne in Bone China.
What tips do you have to get around creative block?
A trip to the British museum or the V&A will always give me some creative fuel, looking at and sketching ceramics, textiles and jewellery for form, stance, colour and textures never fails to give me plenty of fresh ideas. I often find that by stepping away from something I am working on gives me a different perspective after a day of museum or gallery visits.
I am very self motivated, I just enjoy making and creating.
Tell us about your workspace.
I am lucky enough to have a small workshop, it opens onto the garden so if it is a nice day I can take my tools outside….such a pleasure for me but maybe not for the neighbours!
I also have a room in my house which is filled from floor to ceiling with everything that will one day become an artwork! Fabrics, laces, ephemera, 1950’s magazines, beach glass, wood, sewing machine, buttons etc.etc.etc!
This is where I work but sometimes find it difficult to concentrate on one project as there is so many other things around me waiting for their turn.
What would you say are your values and ethics when it comes to making?
When I am beginning a new idea the honesty of it is very important. I value my narrative of each collection.
From all of your pieces which is your favourite and why?
My favourite piece is always my newest piece! I love the satisfaction of bringing a new idea to fruition. This piece was inspired by a trip to the British Museum, looking at Egyptian amphoras.
Have you got any shows or events coming up?
I will be showing a range of work at MADE London 26th to 28th October 2012 then Made by Hand at Tredegar House from 30th November to the 2nd December 2012. And I have been selected to be part of the Contemporary Craft Open 1-25th Nov 2012 at Unit twelve, Stafford
Do you have a website?
Yes, my website is http//www.traciem.co.uk/