Life cycle of tools in Japanese culture
Understanding the value and appreciation of tools in everyday life through art
I am a British visual artist with a multi-disciplinary practice which casts me as a maker of objects, tools and publicly sited interventions. Since 2009, my Acts of Care projects have become a continuously growing, single body of work with iterations created around the world. I consider these projects to be the anchor of my practice – bringing me home, using my hands, to the very centre of myself. In them I consider what it means to make something by hand that takes 'care' as its core, to not only 'make the thing' but to also 'make the tools to make the thing', to spend months or years immersed in the techniques, the materials and the stories of a place.
There are a number of craft traditions in my work including fine metalwork, tool making, ropework and wood inlay, however, metal provides my primary focus and home. My training in this medium over the last 20 years and more stems from apprenticeship to Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art.
In 2019 I travelled throughout Japan as a Churchill Fellow, researching The Lifecycle of Tools in Japanese Culture. I spent time meeting and working alongside various metalsmiths, artisans, academics and curators looking at all stages of tool making and use.
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