Make Believe Project

Artists and Designers Crafts Exhibitions shows and workshops

“Those who do not listen to their boredom when reading, like those who pay no attention to pain, may be increasing their suffering unnecessarily,” warns philosopher and School of Life founder Alain De Botton in The Consolations of Philosophy. He goes on to issue readers permission to be impatient, warning “Whatever the dangers of being wrongly bored, there are as many pitfalls in never allowing ourselves to lose patience with our reading matter.” Make Believe launched in late 2013 as web publishing project about craft. Like De Botton, we are motivated by a desire to decrease the unnecessary suffering that surrounds so much of the material written about craft. Instead, the project aims to collect innovative writing that thinks, rants, struggles and muses about the process of making. Knitter Freddie Robins explores the impossible drive for perfection; poet Patrick Chapman muses on the potential of sentient glass; journalist Gemma Tipton wrestles the “gulf between use and beauty”. The list is growing with 2015 welcoming new as well as existing writing to the site. Professor Jessica Hemmings [caption id="attachment_9865" align="alignleft" width="198"]Inhale Exhale Inhale Exhale[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9864" align="alignleft" width="198"]Freddie Robins The Perfect Tilak Freddie Robins[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9866" align="alignleft" width="198"]photograph by Ellen Doherty Jack Doherty[/caption]

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