Founded through a shared love for North Devon, traditional techniques, modern skills and the passion to create aspiration in the local community, Jessica Pearson and Louise Middleton started to develop the Maker Series concept.
After showcasing 3 Maker films at an event held in Sandy Brown’s amazing Gallery Studio, Jessica was spurred on to expand the project and to create 13 Maker films, to produce The Makers Dozen. Jessica has also expanded the project to include photography and interviews to allow for further engagement with each Maker and to showcase how they work, live and are influenced by North Devon. After the 13 MAKER films, the project will be expanding to include MOVERS AND SHAPERS.
During 2018, Jess has continued to film, photograph and conduct interviews with Makers, whilst also building this website to act as a platform for the Makers. In the winter of 2018, The Maker Series became a not for profit company.
2019 so far has been a hive of activity. Since January Jess has launched three new Maker Films and is continuing to develop the project so that more North Devon creatives can be involved and share their stories.
Why we love North 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. 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 live through creative skills in North Devon.