Makers & Tools was a collaborative making project exploring the relationship between craft makers and their tools.
The project connected six contemporary craft makers in the early stages of their careers, who undertook a non-verbal conversation through an exchange of objects. Each maker was asked to create a new kind of tool, which was sent on to one of the other makers. The challenge, then, was to make a new object using or inspired by this tool.
The exhibition opened up the conversation and asked: “What happens if a maker doesn’t choose their tools? What if they are gifted a tool created by another maker? What effect does this seemingly benign intervention have on their making process, and what possibilities does this allow?”