Forest + Found December 12, 2016 01:46
Forest + Found are Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth, both trained in fine art and now exploring traditional crafting techniques. When we bumped into them in the Summer, I got very excited about the gorgeous things they make. Max explained how they forage a lot of the materials they work with from Epping Forest.
I'd rather forgotten that there's more to Epping than just a Tube stop. It's good to be reminded that we don't always need to go to Hobbycraft for our materials. The roots of crafting are in natural materials and in working with the resources you have, rather than those you can buy and even in London there's a wealth of raw materials to work with if you are in the right frame of mind to look for them.
Max and Abigail are using foraged wood and plants to create hand carved items and natural dyes for textile arts. Their work is beautiful, and in the spirit of slow and sustainable making that is increasingly holding its own. I was so pleased (and a tiny bit smug) to be reading Elle Decoration and see them featured as award winners.