Maker’s Dozen #InSource

The past few months have been extremely busy, leaving little time to add anything to the blog!

Here is a round up of a project I’m currently involved in, Maker’s Dozen InSource, a collaborative project featuring a wide variety of makers around Manchester.

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Social Baking

I’ve started to think about the parallels between making as a social activity and eating as a social activity. Food and eating has always played a big part in my family’s social life, and is a natural catalyst for interaction and connection.

With this in mind I tested out an initial idea for social making/baking at coLAB last week. As the lunch at the event participants were invited to take part in collaborative sandwich making, with each of us passing around our plates and adding elements to each other’s food. Daunting to begin with this became an interesting way to create a social atmosphere, definitely requiring further investigation.

coLAB 2015

This weekend I hosted coLAB at Ny Space in Manchester. The day was an opportunity for practitioners involved in participatory or collaborative work to come together and discuss their practice and the context of collaboration in creative practice.

More to come on this soon, but in the meantime here’s how it looked…

The Rogue P @sftoc

Collective North’s first project, The Rogue P Sessions, took place at last Sunday’s Sounds from the Other City festival. Lead by the inimitable Jackie Haynes, The Rogue P Sessions (name inspired by the extra P in VimPto) hosted bands, comedians and spoken word artists in a family tent for intimate interviews and sessions.

The tent, right beside Vimto Gardens off Chapel Street, was open to festival-goers and community members, with shows all afternoon.

Lots of planets ON TOUR

Following on from a successful outing at the Manchester Print Fair Lots of planets have a North will be represented at the following print fairs and markets…

The Horse and Jockey, Chorlton, November 22nd

Islington Mill, Salford, November 27th

West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield, December 6th

With still more (maybe) to be announced!

But Kate! What will you be selling?! 
Well, I’ll tell you… alongside the wonderful Lots of planets publication we will have POSTERS and POSTCARDS as illustrated below!

lots of planets illustrated postcards lots of planets ey up! poster

Lots of planets have a LAUNCH

Last night I went along to the launch of Lots of planets have a North at The Tetley in Leeds, where Claire and Emma introduced the publication with a series of readings by contributors.

It was great to share the finished publication with the contributors and audience, and share a few drinks and our thoughts about the North.

If you’d like to get your own copy of the publication, or share your North with us, head to


Social Making : Final Monograph


cover of final monograph, titled 'social making' inside spread of monograph

For the final write up of my MA course we are required to submit a written monograph digitally. While this is quicker, easier and more efficient I just don’t feel like a piece of work is finished until it is printed and bound. I’m old-fashioned like that.

So, I’ve printed and bound my final monograph, and added a foil-blocked cover for added interest. So much more satisfying than a .pdf.