All marks of a maker spark my imagination & make me dream of who made it & when. To leave a subtle reminder of who tinkered, smithed, turned, sculptured, leaving a hint to explore & delve into history many moons later. The intrigue & individuality of these marks not only make you look a little closer at objects but even the marks themselves are symbols of creative genius. Many craftsmen leave their signature in a form of a symbol, initials, a mark, potter’s marks, blacksmith’s touch marks and then hallmarks to indicate purity & quality of materials.
I too like to leave my mark both in an actual symbol as well as a style on all the interior projects I create & products I design. Sometimes it is my much loved shield symbol which has become the mark of The Society inc or sometimes it is SC discreetly stamped into some bespoke items. But regardless of an actual mark or not, I like to think my process, approach & style becomes the symbol of my makers mark.
I work in many materials & with the master craftsmen & tradesmen that tool them. These trades inform the materials that I turn to in my storytelling of designing spaces & products as overtime I have begun to understand some (never all) of their idiosyncrasies – leather, textiles, steel, zinc, lead, wood, brass, marble & stone, rope.
Not only does the handcrafted & bespoke element of my work reveal my makers mark but with a history in prop styling there is most often a hardware wall, a cabinet of curiosity, a layering of props & artwork that is just imagined in such a manner that gives me away.
I seek high & low, far & wide for collections of hardware, props, paintings, photographs, nautical paraphernalia, vintage lights and everything in between and am widely known for just loving rope, big piles of rope! A signature in itself!
I adopted the shield shape as my own when I was conjuring up the story behind The Society inc. As we know all good old-fashioned clubs have a symbol or emblem that is recognisable to its members whether they wear it on a signet, jacket or just to adorn the front door to its clubhouse. My shape is borrowed from my old enamel school badge, a very English school, one for Young Ladies! I believe its rules were written about 1856, my favourite year in history. A time of enormous social change with just three years shy of the publishing of The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin. He was a member of The Royal Society whose history never fails to inspire, amuse & shock.
And although I love the Latin motto of The Royal Society’s ‘Nullius in verba’ I will stick with my own, ‘Et facti sunt pirata’.