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We made it

We Made It: Artist Grande Dame

One of the lessons we consistently learn from the makers and creators featured in We Made It is that necessity truly is the mother of invention. By negotiating their way around unfamiliar media and techniques, fighting against their limitations...

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We Made It: Coracle Maker Malcolm Rees

Over the past few months of We Made It, we've explored some very traditional crafts, but few that have such a direct link to the distant past as this. Malcolm Rees is one of a handful of people in South Wales keeping the culture of coracle building...

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We Made It: Stage Technician Tom Robinson

If you’ve read any of the glowing reviews for the current revival of Caryl Churchill’s cloning play A Number, you’ll know all about the extraordinary set. Produced at the Nuffield in Southampton last year and transferred to the Young Vic this week,...

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We Made It: Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Zurich, London, New York…Somerset. It may seem unlikely, but an 18th-century farm in the West Country is the new place to be for contemporary art aficionados. Last year, renovations were completed on the 10 buildings of Durslade Farm, left to fall...

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We Made It: Jonathan Thomas, Maker

Jonathan Thomas helped set up Thomas Heatherwick Studios, having met the man behind the Olympic Cauldron, new double-decker bus and potentially the controversial new Garden Bridge at university. Along the way, Thomas left to form Make Ltd and now...

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We Made It: Rebecca Salter RA

The English abstract artist Rebecca Salter has definitely made it. A major retrospective of her work in 2011 at the Yale Center for British Art, "Into the light of things: works 1981-2010”, included more than 150 works. She was elected a Royal...

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We Made It: Artist Joseph Popper

Joseph Popper is probably, so far, the We Made It interviewee operating most squarely within the world of fine art: his work is weighty with concept and highly immersive, and he operates within the world of galleries and commissions. But he very...

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We Made It: Candle Maker Ted Thompson

The arts will always rely on craft – and that goes a hundredfold when period detail is important. The atmosphere of Sam Wanamaker's recreation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Southwark is dependent on, among many other things, the candles that...

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We Made It: Digital Knitters Knyttan

Hand knitting has had a bit of a moment recently. Making your very own jumper was suddenly fashionable, but the knitter still had to follow, stitch by stitch, a pattern invented by someone else. And then, in 2013, along came Knyttan. Here was...

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We Made It: Art & Makers Collective Garudio Studiage

The Garudio Studiage collective could scarcely be more archetypal of London's current generation of makers. Their work – more often than not produced for ordinary consumers as jewellery, accessories or home decor, using found objects as...

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We Made It: Lauren O'Farrell, aka Deadly Knitshade

Lauren O' Farrell is the founder of the UK’s largest craft community, a pioneer in the world of graffiti knitting, and a published author. She battled with cancer for three years and came out the other side with a new found passion for life, craft...

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We Made It: Fashion Designer Anna Skodbo

Anna Skodbo's route to designing her ethical, environmental and "crosstown" fashion brand Phannatiq has hardly been ordinary. From teaching martial arts, to living on rice and ketchup, to stints playing cello in a Norwegian black metal band, Skodbo...

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