March 14, 2016
Two years ago, Chris Roberts and Rob Evans began the With Love Project. A project to seek and meet various makers and designers on a nationwide adventure. Together, they interview those who are driven with a passion and purpose for their work. Scouring the country and beyond, the curious duo have relentlessly ventured, reaching the far corners of the land to ask their key stone question;
Not necessarily being 'makers' themselves, the itinerant duo share a familiar fondness for the road less travelled. By stepping inside the varying environments of each maker, Chris and Rob capture an invaluable glimpse inside the ongoings of each creative operation. Typically hectic, the day to day schedule of a creative is often misunderstood, alienating and commonly deemed unsociable. It could be said that the calibre of the With Love project is born of reciprocation; recognition of their comparible efforts.
Chris and Rob’s journey has led them as far as the Isle of Skye to the southern tip of Cornwall. The distances travelled to learn about the people they interview are unwaveringly overcome. No other journey better exemplifies their endeavours than their recent UK wide road trip that they undertook last year. In a Land Rover Defender, Chris and Rob plotted and picked their way through a 2,500 mile journey from the top of the country in Harris Scotland down to Devon on the South coast. The journey took the pair twelve days to complete, each day a chapter in a journey titled; “The Backbone of Britain”.
The recent expedition undertaken by the ‘With Love’ duo is joyfully enlightening. Reading about the people they met triggers a real sense of admiration for their purpose and passion. Simultaneously, you feel the same for Rob and Chris. Having spent twelve days on the road, the pair describe the experiences of their adventures and the calibre of people of which they have spoken to;
“So far we’ve met nearly 40 inspiring individuals, who we’ve either found, heard about or been introduced to. We’ve been humbled by their openness and enthused by their work and attitude. Some days we’ve driven for ten hours to meet people; other days we’ve ventured out of the UK. Each and every journey is filled with excitement and anticipation of hearing another great story; an insight into someone’s thinking, their way of life and a chunk of knowledge and advice to hold on to. We have met traditional furniture makers at the top of their game, motorcycle manufacturers hand-building by eye, wheelwrights who can trace their family trade back to the 1300s and tailors who’ve produced suits for Pavarotti. Each one of these people has let us into their world after just a phone call or an email, understanding what we are trying to achieve and happy to share what they are producing.”
Brita Hirsch - Owner of Hirsch Tailoring
Alfred Sargent – Alfred Sargent Shoes
David Hieatt - Owner of HIUT Denim
Chris Holden – Founder of Ajoto
One would ask why the duo undertakes such a project, visiting regions of varying remoteness. Excitingly, this question has been answered in the form of a hard back edition book. Launched via Kickstarter earlier this month, Chris and Rob are currently offering the opportunity to support their curious and creative cause. For the likeminded and provenance proactive, the book features more than 30 of the creative makers they have interviewed. The book itself will showcase their ongoing efforts, tribute not only to those featured in the book but their entire endeavour so far.
“The With Love Project is launching a £9,000 campaign on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise funds for the print of its beautiful new book. With Love captures more than 30 of the UK’s most unique, traditional artists and makers, revealing their craft through stunning photography and personal stories. Kickstarter pledges range from £5 to £1,000, with rewards including limited edition books and prints, bespoke gifts designed especially for the project and unique experiences with the With Love interviewees.
Now, with the help of GF Smith and Kickstarter, we want to create a beautiful limited edition hardback book of the people we’ve met. There aren’t many projects which include a sign writer who’s worked for the Kings of Leon and a female blacksmith artist from Wiltshire, next to a fair trade coffee roaster and a couple glass blowing their way into numerous collections and national museums. This is a truly unique book of inspiring people, creating things with a passion and a purpose. To make this project a reality we have to hit our funding total – if we don’t, then we won’t receive a penny and the book can’t be printed. To find out how you can grab yourself a copy of the book along with some fantastic rewards from the makers and producers we met visit our Kickstarter page.”
If you would like to be involved, you have until the end of March 2016 to pledge your support. By ‘backing’ the campaign, you can donate your preffered sum towards their target of £9,000. For those unfamiliar with this funding format, the proejct must reach it’s target before the deadline or the project will not be funded. So far, the campaign has made great progress, however it’s success lies with those who uphold and value their passion.
With more than 150 backers, this is an opportunity to support their story
The name says it all: With Love.
Best of luck and thanks to Chris & Rob
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