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Makers & Tools

  • Hotel Elephant 5 Spare Street London, England, SE17 3EP United Kingdom (map)

Tuesday 18th July

6.30 – 9.00pm

Free – please RSVP

Join us for the launch of the Makers & Tools project.

Makers & Tools is a collaborative making project exploring the relationship between makers and their tools.

The project connects six emerging craft makers, who undertook a non-verbal conversation through an exchange of objects. Each created their own idea of a ‘tool’ which was sent on to another maker to be used to make a new object. The makers were free to interpret the tool in whatever way they felt appropriate, whether it was used practically to create, or conceptually to inspire the new work.  And in this way relationships between the makers, their tools and the objects they make have been noticed and made visible.

Project coordinator, Melody Vaughan says:

“I’m fascinated why people make objects, and how it happens. Having had discussions with lots of makers about the importance of tools to their practice, I wanted to see what would happen when the role of tools in a maker’s practice was disrupted. What happens if a maker doesn’t choose her tools? What if she is gifted a tool crafted by another maker? What effect does this seemingly benign intervention have on her making process, and what possibilities does this allow?”


The show at Hotel Elephant is a work in progress and the first time the objects from the project have been displayed.  It hopes to open up the conversation to a wider audience and ask ‘what role do tools play in a maker’s work?’

Join us at the project launch on Tuesday 18th to meet the makers and have a chat about the project.

Featuring work by:

Rosie Deegan

Sarah Fennell

Alice Heaton

Rachel Jones-Jones

Marian Ripoll

Emily Stapleton-Jefferis


Makers & Tools is an experimental project that aims to establish a method of prospective enquiry, foster connections, and challenge the creative practice of contemporary craft makers.


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