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Helen Creswell

Helen Cresswell recently started as a supervisor at The Platform Gallery in Clitheroe; its exhibition programme and shop have been long dedicated to showcasing the best of British contemporary craft.  Helen will be helping the gallery maintain this commitment to the handmade, bringing in new makers and encouraging fresh workshops to engage the local community.  She will be supervising the installation of the National Centre for Craft and Design touring exhibition Black Sheep: the darker side of felt for the summer.

Case of beetles, Cotton to Gold Exhibition, Two Temple Place, © Ruth Mason, 2015

Case of beetles, Cotton to Gold Exhibition, Two Temple Place, © Ruth Mason, 2015

Helen Cresswell has also been revisiting the research of her MA dissertation upon the Craft House of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth; she has been engaged to organise the substantial archive of the collections and provide an overview of the materials found therein.  She has also edited the text for the upcoming Money Made, Money Spent book on behalf of The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection and Pennine Lancashire Museums, featuring objects from these North-West collections.  These collections were recently featured in the exhibition Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West at Two Temple Place, London (more information can be found here and our very own review of the exhibition can be read here).

Helen Cresswell with her husband Tom Cox have been developing plans for a new breed of makerspace for a while now – finally, their vision is slowly taking form, and their space should be opening for summer 2015. Developing their connection with Fixperts, the open knowledge-sharing platform, their space is called FixHub Padiham.  It provides a creative shared space with the materials, tools and equipment needed to help people fix stuff and solve problems.  Its gallery and library will also supply inspiration and information, supporting makers as they gain the insight and confidence to engage in design.  The space will also function as a test-site for Fig.9 projects.  As curator and librarian of FixHub Padiham, Helen is keen to investigate ways in which design history can play an active role in shaping the contemporary maker movement.  FixHub will showcase what’s possible when craft, design, history and technology intersect in new and exciting ways (for more information visit http://fixhubpadiham.com/).

Ruth Mason

Methodist Love-Feast Mug, Staffordshire pottery, c.1840, Victoria and Albert Museum, c.1-2002. © V&A 2015

Methodist Love-Feast Mug, Staffordshire pottery, c.1840, Victoria and Albert Museum, c.1-2002. © V&A 2015

Ruth is now a regular contributor to the Journal of Victorian Culture Online Blog, blogging about ‘Odd Victorian Objects’ (click here to read more).

Ruth spoke at this years Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers and you can read her blog post about the conference on the Fig.9 Collective website here.

Englesea Brook Museum of Primitive Methodism © Ruth Mason, 2013

Englesea Brook Museum of Primitive Methodism © Ruth Mason, 2013

Ruth also spoke at the Englesea Brook Museum of Primitive Methodism on Saturday 2nd May on the topic of ‘A Game of Give and Take: exchanging objects in London’s Methodist Chapels 1851-1932’ and will be speaking at the Oxford Modern Religious History Seminar on Monday 4th May on the topic of ‘A ‘More-than-Architectural’ Approach to Faith Spaces: Wesleyan Methodist Spaces in London, 1851-1932’.

Marilyn Zapf

Marilyn has recently written an article for Art Jewelry Forum that you can read here.

She also gave a lecture for the National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Asheville Museum of Art, February 21st, entitled “Searching for Hubbard in the 21st Century Appalachian South”

Marilyn was also on a panel at the Eastern Carolina University Metals Symposium in January about Professional Development.

© Fig. 9 Collective, 2015