- going behind the scenes with artists and reviving traditional crafts worth cherishing
- Ambassador for Craft, Anthea Turner, will be sharing creative tricks and crafty tips in every issue
- craft swaps
- a book club
- the best sites to visit
- products put to the test
- new tools and techniques
- giveaways, competitions and lots more.
- plus each issue of the magazine contains a Kids' Craft Club magazine.
Friday, 28 September 2012
Interview with Make & Craft Editor Katharine Jewitt
Today I'm interviewing Katharine Jewitt, a magazine editor who is about to launch a brand new craft magazine called Make and Craft- here she gives us a little bit of background to both the magazine and the person behind it!
Hi Katharine! Thanks so much for agreeing to be interviewed. Can you tell us how you came to be editing craft magazines – what’s your background?
I first started out in publishing when I was 18 and published a community magazine whilst studying at university to help towards paying my fees. It was delivered to 10,000 homes and businesses. Apart from my printer and distributor, I was a one-woman band producing all the content, designing, editing and selling advertising. I eventually sold the business after graduating, as I started working abroad.
Since then I’ve been writing, editing and publishing for a number of college and university courses. I write university degree courses in a number of subjects. I have seven postgraduate degrees so it allows me to have a varied portfolio of work in a range of subjects. I’m currently studying for PhD so more books and articles are in the pipeline to be published.
What are your favourite ways to relax and do you have time for crafts - if so, which ones?
In my spare time, I love travelling, gardening, playing the piano, keeping fish. I go to classical music concerts as much as possible and also play golf but haven’t worked beyond a 9 hole pitch and putt. I enjoy hiking and also supporting my football team Stoke City.
I’m always experimenting in a wide range of crafts. I love trying new techniques. My favourites are cross stitch and knitting. I always have knitting with me wherever I go. I teach craft workshops in schools, businesses and prisons.
What do you love most about working in the craft publishing industry?
By far, it is the craft community who are the most amazing set of people you could ever wish to meet and keep me constantly inspired and make my working days so enjoyable. Every day I receive inspirational stories by email and see the most amazing creations and have interesting conversations with crafters. I’m always in awe of the inspiring projects that come my way. I love learning something new every day from the people I meet and enjoy the ever-growing network of crafters. I involve as much craft and people as possible in each issue of the magazine. I have lots of conversations during the day about how best we can support an artist, a crafter, a craft supplier, a new craft, the heritage of crafts that are worth cherishing. My work is very rewarding and it is a real pleasure to meet so many lovely crafters every day who are generous, sharing and extremely talented.
And is there anything you don’t like about your job? Or any bits that are difficult in any way?
I love my work and am very passionate about what I do and in supporting the craft community. The difficult bits would be not being able to do more for the craft community, but that’s what makes my job so interesting, because the craft community is never ending in its new ideas and creations.
What craft, if any, would you love to learn or develop further?
I’d love to learn how to do stone carving. On my travels, I enjoy exploring architecture and looking at gargoyles and the detailed carving on cathedrals and churches. My first degree was in history and I love exploring the history of places and its architecture.
What sort of things can we expect from Make and Craft magazine?
Make and Craft magazine and website is a hub for the craft community packed with inspiration, lots of projects in a wide variety of crafts. Make and Craft encourages crafters to expand their skills into a style of living and makes craft accessible to all. There are plenty of regular features including:
Thanks so much for your time Katharine! I can’t wait to see the first issue - it sounds really exciting!
You'll find out more about Make and Craft magazine here - as well as a forum where you can join in and chat, information on how to be featured as an Artist Behind the Scenes, join a craft swap, a blog with projects, links, inspiration and ideas - and more. I'm expecting this to grow quite quickly, as I have experienced first-hand how supportive Katharine is of artists, designers and crafters in what she does.
digital subscription offer
Make and Craft launches on 12th October - don't miss it! Subscriptions start at just £1 for a 3-month digital subscription but there are lots of other offers too (and you can pay with PayPal, which I rather like).
subscription gift with issue one