Founded through a love for Northern Devon, traditional techniques, modern skills and the passion to create aspiration in the local community.
Jessica Pearson, the founder of The Maker Series, films, photographs and interviews Northern Devon Makers. She captures inspirational content whilst documenting how each Maker creates a living through their passion in rural/coastal Devon.
Our aim is to connect Makers with local youth and community to bring about awareness of creative self employment, whilst also supporting current Makers through creating connections to support, promotion and guidance.
In the community tab in the menu, you can find audio interviews from the Makers and written accounts from other local creatives who are making it work in Northern Devon.
About Jessica Pearson
Founder of the North Devon Maker Series // Filmmaker, photographer and interviewer.
Jess has grown up and lived in North Devon all her life. She became ill at the age of 15 and consequently found her passion for film. Film was a medium through which she communicated, whilst she lost her voice to a rare autoimmune illness, Myasthenia Gravis. Being ill has given Jess the perspective on how she wants to live her life; in North Devon whilst making a living through film. The North Devon Maker Series is a long-standing passion of Jess’ and she hopes that this project will help people connect and wake up to the talent and skill that North Devon has to offer.
You can make a living through your creative passion
whilst living in Northern Devon.
Each Maker within this project lives and works in North Devon. North Devon sets a pace for people; there is space, long stretches of rugged land and a coastline, which is met by a vast ocean. This draws certain people to make a life in North Devon and these people have carved their own way of making a living from their true passion. Every Maker has their unique way of living and working in North Devon. For example, before retiring from his boat charter business, Clive Pearson made his living by crafting pots through the winter months and then emerging from his workshop in spring to start up his charter boat company, taking passengers, fishermen and divers to Lundy. Clive Pearson continues to pot in the winter months and these pots are sold throughout the year at Clovelly Pottery, which is run by Clive’s wife, Laurie Pearson and resident potter Caroline Curtis.
There is not a specific way people master the art and balance of lifestyle and living through their passion and I find this fascinating. The Maker Series hopes to start to document how people manage to live and work in North Devon. By documenting this I hope that not only the films will create aspiration but also that people will be able to have insights into how people make a living through creative skills in North Devon.