It’s not very often that a speaker starts her talk by explaining that one of the main tools of her craft is a hammer. This month Zoe Hillyard introduced us to the technique of ceramic patchwork. Using a variety of ceramic pots and dishes which she finds at car boot sales, charity shops and on Ebay she breaks the pot with her hammer, wraps it in a chosen fabric, often silk and reassembles it using hand stitched patchwork.
Zoe divides her week spending 3 days as a lecturer on the Textile Design course at Birmingham University and the remainder of the week on her own work. Students are prepared for the future by developing their own ideas of composition, pricing their work and showcasing their designs to the world of business.
Zoe applied for VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) and in 2006 was given a year’s placement teaching in Mongolia. She had little time for her own work but she enjoyed her challenge of teaching design to the students and organised a catwalk show entitled Cashmere & Camel. Garments included embroidered menswear and knitwear embellished with found objects.