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 

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