Make it Slow

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Experience art at a different pace

Curated by Grace Whowell

November 2013 – November 2014

“The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace.
It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed.”
Carl Honoré, author In Praise of Slow.

Would you like to take a moment away from our fast-forward world to explore the art of slow?

Come and be inspired by the work of six of the UK’s leading craft makers, revealing that the process of creating stunning art can’t be hurried.

Every artwork embraces the intrinsic values of the Slow Movement including intricate techniques, sustainable materials and a connection with traditional skills. Each has its own story to tell and will encourage us to think about how we can apply ‘slow’ to our hectic modern lives.

You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy slow craft at home, with selected work on sale at most venues.

“The integrity and diversity on show is a joyful achievement” Craft Magazine

When and where

Currently open at Accrington Library- dates extended to Sat 1 November 2014

15 November 2013- 31 January 2014 (closed 19 December- 2 January inclusive)
Woodend, Scarborough

6 March – 5 April 2014
Pocklington Arts Centre

15 April – 29 June 2014
The Folly, Settle

9 July – 6 August 2014
Number 6 Studio Gallery, Pateley Bridge

9 August- 6 September 2014
The Courthouse, Thirsk

11 September- 1 November 2014
Accrington Library – Lancashire County Council

The exhibition is free except for The Folly museum which has a small admission charge. Please check individual venue opening times; some venues are closed on additional days due to other activities.


Sharon Adams creates functionless utensils inspired by the kind of mysterious, defunct objects found in museum collections. She is fascinated by tools and the connection that we have with making, and the loss of handcrafting from everyday life.

Aimee Betts is a contemporary embroiderer who uses fast digital processes combined with slow traditional hand embroidery techniques. Her work is heavily embellished to create rich and intensely decorated artifacts that remind us of historical garments.

Fenella Elms creates rhythmic textures and flowing structures from porcelain. The works are mounted for wall-hanging or made as free-standing sculptures, all built up in gradual increments with hundreds of hand-made clay parts.

Lizzie Farey is a sculptor who makes striking forms from willow and organic materials, using traditional basketry techniques as a starting point. For her, “willow has become a medium for an interaction with nature that is deeply personal”.

Accompanying the exhibition is Shannon Tofts’ film of Lizzie Farey, ‘Willow’.  Tofts is a photographer and filmmaker based in Edinburgh.  He works with a variety of clients including arts-based agencies and craft makers, documenting projects in progress and finished pieces through photography or film.

Chris Keenan makes pots from Limoges porcelain for domestic spaces – to be used, handled and looked at. Familiar forms are constantly revised and refined. “Making, for me, has always involved repetition – one has never been enough.”

Misun Won makes intricate silver jewellery that is painstakingly hand-pierced and manipulated. Influenced by Korean patchwork techniques, she creates complex geometric forms, often in combination with other materials such as coloured thread and silk cord.


Make it Slow curator, Grace Whowell has almost twenty years experience of working in exciting and diverse gallery environments. She now works freelance with galleries, museums and arts agencies to curate high quality contemporary craft and design based exhibitions.