On this very wet Monday Morning we are getting to know Farah Batool. Her beautiful ceramic brooches are teamed with glass to create delicate yet intricate work
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as intricate and subdues. I like to create complex lines, shapes and pattern and then knock it all back.
Where do you work and does your location influence your work?
I work in numerous locations around my house, depending on what I am doing. Most of my ideas for making come when I’m out walking, I guess day dreaming plays a large part in my creative process
How did you get started as an artist/designer?
I have been tinkering about in wirework for years but not having the confidence to do anything with it. A couple of years ago I had a eureka moment and decided that the ideas would translate well into clay so gave it ago and haven’t looked back.
I work full time alongside the making process so progress has been slow, but I know it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. My official launch was January this year.
Can you give us an idea of some of your creative processes
I work with press moulds. The process starts with creating my own drawings based on walks in the countryside or images in books. This is then translated into illustrator and further developed in to the format I use to create my moulds. The moulds are lazer cut ( I used to hand cut them but they couldn’t get the clarity of line and detail I was after) and then the making process begins with clay. I often spend months adjusting the moulds to get it exactly how I want.
What is inspiring you or your work just now?
I’m in the process of developing more jewellery. As always being out and about in the countryside had a massive influence on my creativity, it always has.
Do you have any new designs you can give us a sneak preview of?
At present the only jewellery I have online are my brooches, I am working on more but this is still in the drawing phase. I am however excited about my reclaimed wooden frames.
What if your favourite thing about Nottingham?
I love the events that are always going on and the buzz the city has about it. I’ve only lived here a few years and am always discovering new and interesting things to do and places to visit.
The best piece of makers advice you have been given or can give to others?
Making is good for your soul but not always easy on your pocket. I have a day job I love that pays for the bills and affords me this creative opportunity without which I would be struggling. i guess what I am trying to say is achieve balance in your life. Don’t stay in a day job you hate and don’t give up on your dreams, you could have it all if you work hard for it
You can view Farah Batool over on the website here and in our online shop.