Two Make 

Collaborative project by contemporary makers


 ‘Two Make’ plots the shared output of ten pairs of established makers who have created new work together. The partnerships are diverse, ranging from life-long friends who live in different parts of the country, makers working together for the first time, makers who wanted to learn new skills, and a couple working together over the pregnancy and birth of their daughter. Two Make explores the process of collaboration: sharing ideas, working through problems, encountering risk, and exploring uncertainty.  The project responds in diverse ways to the emotional connections between the makers, and their shared engagement with their creative worlds. Their work draws together their skilled practice and the connections made with each other through materials, tools, and experience. The shared creative journeys are plotted by their drawings, photographs, recorded conversations, samples and maquettes.

The exhibition is part of a wider project that explores cooperation within craft communities of practice, particularly drawing on the role of regional craft guilds and associations in supporting crafts practitioners livelihoods. Craft guilds can be turbanorganisations where makers work together to generate collaborative projects

 to enrich their creative lives,while also pursuing their livelihoods.

Two Make emerged from the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen as

 way to celebrate their spirit of cooperation, and as a way of stimulating and enhancing the

practice of current members. Working together is hard work and this exhibition explores this journey: creatively and emotionally, through the materials and words of the makers. 

Curated by Miranda Leonard in partnership with Dr. Nicola Thomas, University of Exeter and the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. The exhibition is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Arts Council.


 Bella Peralta - weaver and Jenny Bicât - textile designer/printer

 Matthew Tradgett - furniture maker and Sarah Pearson Cooke - textile artist

 Valerie Michael - leather worker and Tim Blades- jeweler

 Karen Hansen – furniture maker and Rowan McOnegal – stained glass artist, Susan Early - basket maker and Sarah Cant – milliner, Derek Elliott – furniture maker and Faith Ristic – performer and musician, Trevor Lillistone – ceramicist and Su Trindle – jeweler, tea Stephanie Kemp – weaver and clothing designer and   Alison Dupernex – knitted textile maker,

Nicholas Ozanne - weaver and Gemma Sangwine – accessory designer,

Tessa Wakeling – designer in paper and Kristian Pettifor – furniture maker


Comments from participants

‘We hope for synergy’ Rowan McOnegal and Karen Hansen

‘We want to play and discover more, we hope to create something unique;

too fragile for fashion hats – but so enticing’ Susan Early and Sarah Cant

On starting their project of linking together woven fabric made by Stephanie Kemp and

her own knitted fabric, to make two garments Alison Dupernex 

cabinetbluesaid ‘ it will all unravel ahead of us


Opens at Corinium Museum, Cirencester 5 -26 Feb

Crafts Study Centre , Farnham 26 April - 30 June

Museum in the Park, Stroud 1 Jan - 15 July 2017

More touring dates available

please call 01736 0 763098 for more details



Found in the Fields

A suite of 16 lithographs created by Carry Akroyd


Carry Akroyd describes her first contact with the poems of John Clare as someone speaking directly to her and her experience of living in the Northamptonshire countryside
'His eye, mind and heart reach across time in his writing' 

Over the past 25 years Carry has been creating paintings and prints that reflect and react to the sudden agricultural modernisations that have transformed our landscape. Some of her images are a lament while others express the sheer joy derived from the natural world.
These colourful hand drawn images all contain some of Clare's text; they reflect the landscape of today with roads, pylons, planes and wind farms, but also reveal how the natural world exists alongside us.
The work expands on the themes found in her book, 'natures powers and spells; Landscape, Change, John Clare and Me' Published by Langford press £38. She has recently edited the book 'Wildlife in Printmaking' and is working on the commission to illustrate 'Tweet of the Day'.

 AVAILABILITY - January 2016 - December 2017

• Size and Number
16 works 42 X 32cm landscape images
Taking 10 running metres or within a space of 12-15 Sq metres
• Additional works – there are a several suites in linocuts available including 12 of the 'Shepherds Calendar, 15 of 'Happy Spirit' and various images from 'The wood is Sweet' all from recently published anthologies of John Clare. There are also serigraphs and paintings that relate visually with 'Found in the Fields'
• Hire fee £150 for basic exhibition, £300 for larger curated exhibition
• Labels and information board included
• Carry can be booked to give a well-informed illustrated talk about her work and the influence of John Clare
• Transport – the venue must arrange for onward transport to another venue or return to the artist
• Sales – work is available for sale – if appropriate, and there are a number of excellent cards and her full colour hardback book is often a popular seller.
• Insurance and invigilation – the venue must undertake to insure the works and provide security


Carry Akroyd - short biography
Carry lives between the Nene Valley and the Fens and these landscapes feature very much in her work, with occasional forays into wilder regions. An interest in natural science and history drew her to John Clare's poetry where she was impressed by the freshness of his wild life and botanical observations and his writing's relevance to her changing landscape.
Carry exhibits regularly with the 'Society of Wildlife Artists', and through them has worked on a project about Atlantic oak forests 'At the Edge'. Carry was also a part of the 'Artists for Nature Foundation' team working on a book about the 'Great Fen' project with the Wild Life Trust.
Carry is predominately a colourist, draws and paints prolifically and continues to be inspired both by Clare's poetry, the landscape and the natural world.