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Crafts Council Maker of the Week: Tania Clarke Hall

Tania Clarke Hall’s necklace was worn by Prue Leith from Bake Off at Collect 2018

Our Directory Maker of the Week, Tania Clarke Hall, talks to us about getting into making, what inspires her and her favourite part of the making process.

Tania Clarke Hall and Prue Leith at Collect 2018. Photo Iona Wolff

Who or what got you into making?

I got into making via adult education where I was taught by a fantastic textiles teacher (Jenny Burgess, at City & Islington College), who gently encouraged me to do a foundation and then eventually a degree in jewellery. I had been a frustrated creative ever since following an academic route at school and embarking upon my foundation was an incredibly scary but liberating experience. I have been addicted ever since!

Could you please tell us a bit about your work?

My work aims to challenge the use of leather in the context of jewellery, transforming it into sculptural and playful forms. Underpinning my practice is the fact that I work with the cut edge of the leather using a range of techniques including colouring, slashing, moulding and twisting that bring the edges and material to ‘life’. 

With leather being such a lightweight material, it offers an enormous amount of creative freedom and experimenting plays a big part in my creative process.

What are your inspirations?

My inspirations are Japanese paper cutting techniques, the designer and architect Eileen Gray, the elegance of geometric solutions, the built environment to name but a few. I’m a magpie and often find glints of inspiration in the most unexpected places.

What is your favourite part of the making process?

My favourite part of the making process is when I have constructed a piece and the final action is to add a twist and the whole structure comes to three-dimensional life!

What are you working on right now?

At the moment, I am exploring how shapes and constructions shift when they are either constrained or opened out to create a form that is wearable. I appreciate that this is a rather large scope, but it is something that has been bubbling away for a long time and I am now starting to shift this into samples.  On a more practical note, I am getting ready to do a show called ‘Loot’ in New York from 16 April.

See Tania’s jewellery in Loot at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York until 21 April.

Find Tania Clarke Hall on the Directory.

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