the far north by joseph hartley


I’ve never been one to enjoy a lecture or any kind of extended talk, I’ve got a very short attention span, That being said, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to see three artist/designer/makers talk about their work and processes and one, in particular, caught all of my attention, The Butcher, Baker, Designer, Maker, Joseph Hartley.

A rather nervous and shy guy stood front and center to discuss his work. I had already briefly come across his work so to hear about his process is quite fascinating. I was close-minded and assumed he would have taken inspiration from traditional Japanese culture to inspired his work and produce something that is for the European market. They say to assume is to make an ASS out of U and ME! Also, if you truly have a creative streak in you then you’ll know that you slave to put yourself in everything you do and just rip off what’s been done before, be that last year or two hundred years ago.

Joseph Hartley runs through a few projects he’d done in the past two years since leaving university in Manchester, the one that caught my eye the most was this communal tea set. Norther Tea Service was created with the idea of everybody being involved in the making of tea. The collection has a distinct industrial look and although he might have over-thought the idea behind the collection the finished products have turned out quite simply, simple. You see why I thought he may have been inspired by traditionalism in the Far East? The Far East meets the Far North. Joesph Hartley is one whose work I’ll be keeping an eye on.

Thanks for reading! Joseph Hartley has a WordPress also which you can read HERE and see more of his great work! Post from our guest bloggers AndeiDennis will be coming up on the blog! Don’t forget to like and leave a comment.


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