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to the best of what we have. jelly itself started in 1993, which was also a downtime and that gave us a great opportunity, we started off on not much and learnt that way from the beginning.


How do you feel your work with jelly fits in with the concept of big society? The Big Society - that is a big and long question but jelly's ethos has always been about taking part, working with others and it is very much an organisation that encourages free thinking and trying out new projects and giving people opportunities. I think maybe the concept of the Big Society has made some people realise what we actually do deliver on no money at all but because we are passionate. The difficulty arising from Big Society is the idea that people should do this work for free and even though we do choose to work for nothing, sometimes we wholeheartedly believe that artists should be valued and paid a fair price for their work, time and ideas.


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What do you love most about what you are doing and what do you find the most frustrating? I love meeting people,


trying out


new ideas, the experiences we have had, the opportunities that are coming and the idea that we don't know exactly what will happen next, I love that it is something I am passionate about, that my family can be involved in, new friends, meeting artists, making things together. The frustrating bits are the sometimes arduous processes to make things happen (not within jelly but through paperwork for other people) but we still do it as the end goal is better.


UK Handmade believe that encouraging creativity creates a more engaged society; how do you feel about this? I think from reading above you can see that we believe wholeheartedly in that statement. Creativity can bring new types of communications and connection, it makes good things happen and people step back and see things a bit differently.


jelly is a passionate supporter of our Buy Handmade campaign, is handmade a lifestyle choice for you personally and if so what do you feel are the benefits? Handmade is the everyday norm in our home - I come from a family of makers, we make things for each other and when I buy something I would spend the money on something handmade. Always the pieces we have bought have been beautifully made and with love too, it means something so much more.


Yesterday I was at a meeting with a well-known potter and he was wearing the most beautiful hand- knitted mittens - I think for artists it feels quite normal to appreciate workmanship and the art of making something and its special meanings.


Who or what inspires you most in the work that you do and why? I am so inspired by everyday life, it could be a word or a sound or a visual stimuli, it could be seeing someone’s work, hearing their ideas.


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