Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Bonkers Clutterbuck - Makers' Fair Festival Special - Q & A

Tell us about the work you do and the types of materials you use.
Bonker*s Clutterbucks are a husband (Peter) and wife (Kate) team working in a diverse range of materials to produce dioramas, 3D models and card modelling kits. We enjoy up-cycling found objects, vintage paper and maps. We are passionate about whimsical modes of transport, travelling fairs and circuses and
hot air balloons.

Where do you produce your work? Does your working environment form part of the
inspiration for your art?

We work from our studio at home in an old Corn Warehouse in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. Our home is an extension of what we do and is adorned in found objects of interest, that we have collected along the way.

Is your art your main job? How did you get started?
We are both from artistic backgrounds. Peter studied Fine Art Painting at Chelsea and Winchester School of Art while Kate studied Textile design and weaving at
Huddersfield and Winchester. We formed Bonker*s Clutterbucks in 2011as a result of job loss and redundancy. We were inspired to make card modelling kits and dioramas through our love of storytelling, the wonderful work of artists such as Su Blackwell and Edward Gorey and our children's imaginary friends. Our goal is to create and source a diverse range of products and never pigeon hole ourselves.

What work will you be exhibiting at the Saltaire Festival Makers’ Fair Special?

We plan to exhibit diorama boxes and up cycled pieces, models and cards at the Saltaire Festival Maker's Fair Special.

Do you work in any other mediums besides the work you will be exhibiting at the
Makers’ Fair Special?

We enjoy dabbling in a variety of mediums, paint, textiles, cut paper, cardboard, found objects, photography, collage and papier-mâché. We would love to explore film, projection and animation.

Where else can we see and buy your work?
We have exhibited at the Platform Gallery- Clitheroe, the Heart Gallery - Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth Artweek, Super Duper Fair, Tourist Information Centre and Grundy Gallery - Blackpool and at Jennifer Collier's gallery, unit twelve - Stafford. Our work has been available online via, our blog and we have monthly stalls at Treacle Market, Macclesfield.

Tell us about your most exciting or memorable commission?
I think the most bonkers thing we have worked on would possibly have to be the time we spent making balloon modelling kits to product test. It wasn't economically viable to have a small batch die cut so we printed, reinforced, flattened, hand cut and packaged 1,600 components to create 50 kits which we handed out to friends and strangers to test. It was a labour of love and we had numb index fingers from
repetitive scalpel cutting, for months to come! Yup it was definitely bonkers but an essential step.

What was it about the Saltaire Festival Makers’ Fair Special that made you want to
apply to exhibit?

We love Saltaire village, it's ambience and have visited the Maker's Fair two years running. We are elated to be chosen to take part because there is such a high standard of unusual, well designed work.

Have you participated or visited the Saltaire Festival Makers’ Fair Special before?
We haven't exhibited at the Maker's Fair before but took part in the Arts Trail and were awarded Best of Open Houses 2013, which we were delighted about.

What is unique about it and how does it differ from other events?
Saltaire Festival Maker's Fair is certainly unique, it's a creative hub which attracts art, design and craft lovers from far and wide. There is nowhere else quite like Saltaire village and for it to also play host to such a concentrated gathering of dynamic makers makes it very special indeed. Discovering the maker's fair was rather like stumbling upon a bricks and mortar etsy.

Could you leave us with one more interesting fact about yourself or your work?
The name well…. this came to Peter while walking the dog on the tops. Peter is bonker*s and Kate's a descendant of the Clutterbucks.

Bonker*s Clutterbucks will be exhibiting at the Makers' Fair Festival Special

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