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The Hide Studio and Katie Godden Green are no strangers when it comes to exhibiting together. Both from Bude, these makers are driven by the wildness of the North Cornwall coast. Wood & Linen brings these two makers together for a display of their new work.
Katie Godden Green makes her “stitching stories” on antique french linen which she dyes using natural dye wherever possible. The ladies in her stitched pieces lie around on harbour sides collecting fish and shells in baskets. The bright cotton threads, sequins and buttons play on the linen. Words from song lyrics, proverbs and poems attach themselves to her calendar pieces. Suns and moons are appliquéd to Swe Swe African wax fabric.
Working with the natural characteristics of the wood, Rich Inight of The Hide Studio, makes wooden bowls and other homewares from sustainably-sourced, local timber and driftwood from the beaches near their Morwenstow studio.
Their main ethos is creating usable objects with a clear emphasis on aesthetics and texture, whilst ensuring the smallest impact on the environment. They achieve this by using only wood from trees (almost always in their local area) which need to be felled or have already fallen, as well as driftwood from nearby beaches. They do not use commercially-grown timber and finish their work with natural linseed and citrus oils and sometimes milkpaint where they feel colour will work.
As part of ‘Wood & Linen’ The Hide Studio willl also be releasing a small collection of bowls turned from laburnum wood sourced on a recent stay on the Fal Estuary.