Welcome to our second instalment of meet the resin8er, our brand new series in which we hope to inspire and motivate during these extraordinary times. We will be celebrating some fantastic artists who are adapting and continuing to create while staying at home.
With millions of people now looking to the creative industries – either to learn something new, return to a once-loved craft, or looking for a way to unwind – we are hoping to help you keep busy, keep minds occupied, and ultimately, keep creative. In this series we are showcasing the work of some of our amazing customers that have inspired us, and through a ‘virtual interview’ we have delved into their journey so far with resin – enjoy!
This week we delighted to be introducing Caroline Parrott, and we would like say a huge thank you to Caroline for sharing her beautiful work with us.
Tell us a little about your background:
I used to work for a big publishing company, but 14 years ago I decided to give it up and go to University with the aim of becoming a designer maker. I studied for 3 years and achieved a first class honours degree in applied art and design in 2010 specialising in metal particularly working with anodised aluminium, which I hand dye and print to make a range of jewellery and small scale sculpture.
I juggled building up my creative business alongside working as an Arts Education Manager at a Contemporary Craft Venue in Dorset, where I worked alongside other designer makers who had their studios within the old Mill building that is the home of the venue. 3 years ago I decided to become a full time maker at the Mill and give up my job, I now share a beautiful little studio there with silver jeweller Wendy Nutt.
How did you get into resin and how long have you been using resin?
I began working with resin to create a budget jewellery range for when I do shows and also utilise the images I take of the dye on the surface of the aluminium. When I’m dyeing in my shed at home nobody can see the beautiful colours that mix on the surface of the aluminium before they take to the pores and the excess is washed off. So I began to photograph this process and wanted to find a way to create with these images – setting them in resin seemed to be a great way to utilise them and they’ve been really popular.
As I got the hang of the process I then teamed up with one of my fellow onsite makers at Walford Mill, Debby Kirby – Debby is a silk weaver and we decided to collaborate with her silk weaving off cuts and resin to create a unique range of jewellery that’s proved really popular from the start.
Where do you make your creations, do you have a studio, and is this your full-time work?
I work in a combination of my shed in my garden in Dorset and at my Studio at Walford Mill Crafts. I share my studio, which alongside being a workspace also acts as a shop, with my good friend Wendy Nutt; we are open 6 days a week and do 3 each, this works well as we both have sheds in our gardens where we do all the messy stuff – for me that is dyeing mainly, but also using some of my bigger machinery to make jewellery.
Our beautiful little studio, Nutty Parrott Studios, is based at Walford Mill in Wimborne, Dorset. Situated in one of the out-buildings, on the bank of the Millstream, we can see water out of our window, along with an abundance of wildlife; we are very lucky.
What inspires your work?
The county that I live in, it’s countryside and coast, and the contented life I have made for myself. From working for over 8 years in a large open-plan office sitting in front of a computer on both day and night shifts, I never get tired of the life I now have, I have worked hard to get where I am but I feel immensely lucky that I am here. I find inspiration everywhere and I’m always thinking about new designs, on walks around my village and even in bed! The colours I dye are very much influenced by the seasons, for instance with all the sun we’ve been having at the moment, the colours I’m working with are so bright; hot pinks, yellows and lime greens!
What is your favourite resin8 product?
I mainly use the pendant settings from resin8 and their 2:1 resin to make jewellery. But I have experimented more recently using the casting resin to create Christmas decorations and other bits. There’s so much more I have yet to play with available on the resin8 website I know I’ve only just scratched the surface of what I could do.
Do you sell your work and where can we see your work?
I sell my work in various shops and galleries around the country, including for the National Trust in Dorset – these are listed on the shop page of my website I also sell via my Etsy store and have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I also take commissions.
We hope you are enjoying our new series Meet the Resin8er and have been inspired by Carolines work – don’t miss next weeks when we will be introducing Ruby Marr.