Pip and I have quite a different experience of making and selling: these days 90% of my work is to commission - bespoke, one-off books - whereas Pip rarely works in this way. Pip's approach to her work - the making process, managing stock levels, organising work flow - is one that I admire deeply; she makes what she feels she is called to make, she makes it in the way she feels is right for the work, and she restocks her online shop from time to time, when she has made enough to make the admin involved worthwhile. This is a maker who knows how to manage her energy levels, knows how to make work work for her, and has the quiet self-assurance to dance to her own drum.
Image credit: Conrad Lee
One of the clever ways Pip manages her stock - items sell incredibly quickly, leading to disappointment for some - is with her Ceramics Club Membership. For a one-off membership fee, you are guaranteed to receive four pieces of her work over the course of a year.
Inspirational work, but you haven't heard it all. Pip is the person behind Makers 4 Refugees, which she describes as:
"A simple project founded on a desire to make a difference through making."
In 2016 we have become increasingly aware of the shock and trauma various communities around the world, especially in Syria, Calais and Greece, are experiencing as refugees. Many are left wondering, but what can I do? As Pip relates:
"There have been days when I have felt powerless and ineffectual - and aware of my privilege. On those days making can seem like an insignificant and pointless activity. But it's what we Makers can do. Our collective ability is to make objects of use and beauty. And to do it with love."
So in December, Pip contacted a handful of designer-makers and launched the fundraising project Makers 4 Refugees. Now some 40 makers have signed up to each take one week this year during which the proceeds from the work they make, promote and sell will go to the charity Help Refugees. This charity is operational in areas governments and NGOs are unable or unwilling to work, funding projects in 22 refugee camps to provide shelter, medical aid, education, water & sanitation, women & children's services and other necessities vital to human safety and dignity.
At the time of writing, just a few weeks into the project (which runs right through to mid-December), Makers 4 Refugees has raised £3,294, or 32% of its target £10,000. You can contribute by buying work from the makers, who are listed here. Or you can donate here. The project has expanded to include workshops including weaving, photography and ceramics so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.
I could learn a thing or two from Pip Wilcox. What about you?
ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PIP WILCOX, 2017 unless otherwise credited.
All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy paper & spacers for inclusions; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm paper, usually 192 pages unless otherwise indicated in the product listing. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books, speciality artists' papers on request.
|A4 Large Portrait||12 inches or 305 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A4 Large Landscape||8.5 inches or 215 mm||12 inches or 305 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Landscape||6 inches or 155 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Portrait||8.5 inches or 215 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1.5 inches or 35 mm|
|A6 Small Landscape||4.5 inches or 114 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1 inch or 25 mm|
|A6 Small Portrait||6 inches or 155 mm||4.5 inches or 114 mm||1 inch or 25 mm|
96 pages of Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|One Size||3 inches or 76 mm||2.25 inches or 60 mm||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
60 pages of 130 gsm paper
|One Size||6 inches or 148 mm approx.||4.5 inches or 108 mm approx.||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
With Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|A4 Large||297 mm or 11.5 inches approx.||205mm or 8.25 inches approx.||64 pages|
|A5 Medium||210 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||145 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||56 pages|
|A6 Small||150 mm or 6 inches approx.||100 mm or 4 inches approx.||48 pages|
|A7 Pocket||106 mm or 4.25 inches approx.||72 mm or 2.75 inches approx.||40 pages|
8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper
|A5 Medium Portrait||TBC|
|A6 Small Landscape|