Xenia Moseley

Design and craft has vigorously changed and adapted to the attitudes of the now and for this reason it has seen a current resurgence. Xenia Moseley is a designer/maker trained at Brighton University, who uses British skills and material as a cornerstone of her artistry. Her current project is entitled “Journey Women”, citing its inspiration from the word “Journeyman”. Which literally means an apprentice who moves from one town to another, gaining an experience of different workshops. Considered an original way to learn a trade whilst developing character, experiencing community, life and travelling. Xenia has done just that, travelling down the River Ouse, East Sussex, in search of the traditions that are still being practised today.

It’s all very good embarking on a journey like this a few hundred years, but to start it now, explore and export it through the ways of today, is something else. It is not only poetic to yearn for the handmade but it was once essential.

Xenia’s trip was fruitful, she visited and studied the skills of a wool spinner, cobbler, boat builder, basket weaver and upholster. Thus Xenia was able to create a boat that celebrated the crafts she had learnt and symbolises an on-going journey. Its a manifestation of the materials and craft methods encountered, transformed into a useful object that’s also a metaphor of collaboration and learning that is alternate to our entrenched, modern systems.

Xenia’s trip raises questions about our attachment to the objects that populate our habitats. The manner of buying attractive objects in comparison to making them with our bare hands or knowing who did, makes life today a fountain of choices. Xenia’s work projects a yearning for a milder way of life and a merit on making it yourself.

You can check out Xenia’a Links

www.xeniamoseley.co.uk

www.journeywoman.co.uk

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About Josh Lenten

Hey I’m Josh and I’m a Fine Art Student living in London and studying at Goldsmiths. Having studied at Art school for a couple of years now, I’m used to taking my work seriously, but not myself. For me whether its art, fashion, music, books or film it has to be bold and it has to be brilliant. Through my own work I seek to challenge our perceptions of normality in modern life, from human behavior to the physical body. It’s this human aspect that’s interest me and I suppose us all. Living in Britain all of my life I can’t help but be inspired by its rich creative culture, drawing upon our tradition of ingenuity, quirk and heritage. I think that being a young person in the 21st century is such an exciting time to be part. That’s why I’m looking forward to discovering new talent and bringing it to Born in Britain.

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