Making Ground is an adventurous collaboration between craftspeople and the land. We believe that making is a fundamental human need. We want to take our making back to the source- the earth.
The project is a collaboration between ceramic artist Elaine Bolt and basket maker Annemarie O'Sullivan. Partners include University of Brighton and Fabrica. We are looking to raise £2000 to add to our successful Arts Council grant of £15,000.
Making ground will run over the course of a year. We aim to source all of our materials from this site; a beautiful disused brickworks in East Sussex. As well as producing collaborative work we'll be inviting the public, friends, early career makers, craft collectors and artists to join us through walks, picnics, and workshops on the land. We want to share our experience far and wide.
This project will focus on a sense of place, changing seasons, and how being closer to the source of our materials, and working together can affect our making. We'll be investigating how a collaborative journey emerges and we'll be involving other artists to enrich our collaborative process.
The project will run over the course of a calendar year and will involve various stages of research, development, collaboration, making, working with others and exhibiting the final outcomes. The project will involve:
- 47 days making and researching on site
- 7 days project management
- 6 workshops
- 3 days mentoring
- 2 days training
- 1 exhibition
About the rewards
Flickbooks: Check out Rachel's stunning flick books here: http://www.rachelhenson.com/flickers.html
If you have any questions about the rewards please do get in touch and ask us a question.
Annemarie O'Sullivan is a basketmaker, working on small-scale domestic objects to large scale architectural installations. Using willow which she grows and harvests, Annemarie uses weaving and binding techniques, which have been used for hundreds of years.
Elaine Bolt is a maker working with ceramics. She completed an MA in Contemporary Craft (Ceramics) at UCA Farnham in 2012. Elaine’s current work includes hand-built ceramics combined with mixed media and found objects. She also makes hand thrown vessels in porcelain and terracotta.
Who else is involved?
We will be working with Rachel Henson - an artist working in the field of film and photography. She will work with us to capture and interpret our collaborative process and our interaction with the land. She will also be making flick books, which are offered as rewards.
Our key partners include:
Fabrica - Brighton based arts organisation
The University of Brighton – involving arts students
Sacred Earth - who manage the land at the old Horam Brickworks
Additionally there is a core group of wonderful people already involved in harvesting the willow on the land. This project wouldn't be happening if it wasn't for them.
A budget overview
Our total budget for the project is £19000, £15000 of which has been provided by the Arts Council, plus £2000 from other sources. We aim to raise £2000 from this Kickstarter. The majority of the funding will cover our time spent on the land, researching, collaborating and making new works. The funding will also cover workshops, travel, materials, marketing and exhibitions at the end of the project.
Where does your money go ?
Your contribution will help us to spend time working together on the project and producing collaborative works. Contributions will also help fund some free workshops for early career makers.
Please do share our Kickstarter with your friends and contacts, and tell as many people as you can about the project. Success for our project is not just about meeting our funding goals. Project success, for us, is about more people connecting with the land, materials and craft.
To find out more about the work of Annemarie O'Sullivan and Elaine Bolt, you can watch these films made about them by film-makers R&A Collaborations.
Annemarie O'Sullivan - Bundles of Willow
Elaine Bolt Ceramics - Pursuit of Intrigue
Risks and challenges
We'll do our very best to make sure everything goes smoothly after the Kickstarter is over. We've been planning this project for a year, so we've got a good handle on how to get everything done properly in the time we've allotted.
However, if the production of any of your rewards do fall behind for some reason, we'll be sure to give you plenty of notice and keep you informed. Our main challenge, as we'll be working outside, might be the weather. We've planned this project to run over a year, so there'll be opportunities to keep the schedule flexible if necessary.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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