In the Maker Stories podcast we talk to inspirational crafts women from black and ethnic minority backgrounds who are based in the UK. The series is hosted by Dr Karen Patel, a Research Fellow in the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University.
This podcast series is part of an RCUK/UKRI Innovation Fellowship funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and in collaboration with Crafts Council UK. This project, called ‘Craft Expertise’, aims to explore and raise awareness of the challenges facing women makers of colour as they try to establish a craft career. For more information visit the website craftexpertise.com. You can also follow us on Instagram at craftexpertiseresearch.
Episode 5 - Kassandra Gordon
In this episode we talk to Kassandra Gordon, an ethical jeweller/Goldsmith and jewellery content creator based in East London. In June 2020, Kassandra wrote an open letter to the jewellery industry highlighting how current practices and systems limit accessibility and entry into the trade for Black people; and a five-point plan to help increase the visibility of Black jewellers in the industry and amplify their voices. She also launched a Go Fund Me page to raise money to support Black jewellers facing hardship. She is host of the 'Created For You' podcast, where she interviews business owners and creatives providing excellent experiences to their clients. https://anchor.fm/kassandra-gordon. Kassandra also runs the Black Jewellers Network which produces mentoring opportunities and support for Black Jewellers, a monthly newsletter and free event www.facebook.com/blackjewellersnetwork. For more about Kassandra visit http://www.kassandralaurengordon.com.
Episode 4 - Pratima Kramer
In this episode we talk to Pratima Kramer, a ceramic artist. Pratima recently appeared on the BBC television show ‘Home is Where the Art is’ where three artists compete to win a commission. Pratima talks about her experience filming the show, and her journey to becoming a ceramic artist.
Find out more about Pratima at: https://www.pratimakramer.co.uk
Watch her appearance on ‘Home is where the art is’ on BBC iPlayer here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000ky16
Episode 3 - Onome Otite
In this episode we talk to Onome Otite, who is based at Cockpit Arts in London. Onome works with textiles to create three-dimensional figurative collages. Drawing on her Nigerian heritage, she explores colourful traditional clothing as a means of female empowerment. Find out more about Onome’s work at www.onomeotite.com and follow her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/onomeotite.
This episode was recorded during a week of accelerated activity around Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, and the continuing police brutality during subsequent protests. While this happened in the USA, racism, discrimination and injustice towards Black people also happens in the UK, and around the world on a daily basis. This is why Black Lives Matter is so important. Here is how you can support the fight against injustice:
Find out more about Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Justice for Belly Mujinga https://www.change.org/p/govia-thameslink-justice-for-belly-mujinga-justiceforbellymujinga
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery https://www.change.org/p/liberty-county-distric-attorney-justice-for-ahmaud-arbery
Justice for Breonna Taylor https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor
George Floyd Memorial Fund https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
Episode 2 - Rose Sinclair
We talk to Rose Sinclair, a Design Lecturer (Textiles) in the Design Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she teaches Textiles and Design related practice at Postgraduate level. You can find out more about Rose at https://www.gold.ac.uk/design/staff/sinclair
Episode 1 - Jasmine Carey
In this episode we talk to Jasmine Carey, who is the Designer-maker for Deco22, a craft-based label producing leather and fashion accessories, with a focus on leather bags. Jasmine talks about her career and the challenges she has faced as a Black woman in the craft industry. You can find her work at www.deco22.co.uk.