Thursday, 24th July 2013
had a great day at the Royal Welsh on Thursday at the Organic Centre
Wales stand talking about our organic wool lined leather boots. The
boots were designed as part of the Organic Wool Wales Project, and
featured on the S4C coverage of the Royal Welsh on Tuesday - 24.15 mins
Well its about time I made a reappearance .. Its easy to let time slide away and all sorts of exciting things are happening but before I update you let me introduce you to one of my customers Rachel Seabrook, big thank you to you for painting such a nice picture ..
They started off as a pair of Italian patent navy blue size 6 boots.. One of my long standing customers, Peter Murray from the Isle of Sky wanted to order some dancing shoes and decided he would like to reuse the leather from his late wifes boots. Since this was such an unusual request and I am passionate about breathing life into old items I decided to say I would do my best. Taking into consideration he has size 13 feet and the boots were a dainty 6. Here is the story of what happened..
A day in the life of Ruth Emily Davey The Balvenie Young Master Of Craft 2011
After a year in a Thomas Heatherwick Unit, Aberystwyth Art Centre I have moved the workshop to my home studio near Machynlleth. Hopefully to concentrate some time on converting the old Welsh stone buildings into studios among many other exciting projects.
I was commissioned by The Balvenie to design and make 180 pairs of slippers for invited guests to wear on board the yacht, Cinderella IV in Cannes, France for the Balvenie Global Travel Retail event, Oct 12I made the slippers in three sizes from a very soft sheepskin nappa leather in the Balvenie colours, deep red for the small, cream for the medium and a dark chocolate brown for the large.
The event was held on a yacht which was docked at the harbour in Cannes, next to Palais des Festivals et des Congres.
- See more pictures on my 'Projects' page if you wish to see more..
I am delighted to be joining the judging panel for this years Balvenie master of craft competition along with TV presenter -Kevin McCloud, David Stewart -Malt Master, Anne Cuthbertson - editor of Sunday Telegraph Life, Nick Hand - Expert Crafts Photographer, Robin Wood - Chairman of the Heritage Crafts Association, Melina Keays - Entertaining Director of design magazine Wallpaper and Stephen Dixon - Maker & trustee of the Crafts Council.
I am very happy to be joining this years judging panel for the launch of the 'year in a creative unit' competition 2012 held annually by Aberystwyth art Centre to win a year in one of the units designed by Thomas Heatherwick. .. I wonder who will be next..
The book is created to support the resurgence of interest in high quality, handmade British designs and crafts. It features 90 contemporary British designer- makers who represent some of the talented artists working in Britain today.
these days of mass produced objects where people have become strangers
to the process of making, it is comforting to know that there are
still craftspeople working by hand and creating wonderful, unique
products such as jewellery, ceramics, textiles, furniture and other
crafts. Many draw their inspiration from nature and the world around
them, each has a unique approach to their work and the area they have
chosen to specialize in.
- Piyush Suri -
The launch of the book will coincide with the annual Show at Chelsea
Old Town Hall in October with a private view evening of the selected
designer-makers work on 27th October http://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/
I am very excited to have been chosen to spend a year in a creative unit designed by Thomas Heatherwick within the Aberystwyth Art Centre at the beginning in September.
I went to visit a very special shoemaker on the isle of Capri - Antonio Ruocco. Since Roman times, strappy sandals have been the symbol of Capri. Antonio is continuing the ancient techniques and tradition of sandalmaking passed down from his father, Costanzo, using the very same tools and leather suppliers from Tuscany. You can see the photograph of Costanzo on the wall behind his workbench overseeing each pair being made! Ispirazione!
Harry and Elisabeth Kachline travelled all the way from Alaska for their fitting.. Its a record!
I am delighted to have been selected as the winner of the Balvenie Young Master of craft 2011. What a huge boost and a wonderful accolade.