Rosemary Booth

The MADE NORTH Gallery presents new and experimental work by established and emerging northern designer/makers. We aim to promote a range of northern designer/makers and provide opportunities to find out a little bit more about how they work and their sources of inspiration.

Work on paper, hanging in Benzie Building, MMU

Rosemary is a recent graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University specialising in Textiles. Rosemary’s practice is the result of a slow, meditative process of drawing. It features complex patterns and forms created by a growth of hand drawn marks. Each mark is made intuitively, in response to the one before it.

Every drawing represents an altered state of mind, a hypnotic state that I go into when I begin each piece and have an unlimited potential where the results are often unexpected. As I work, I force myself to slow down and consider each moment in the present. Through this, it enables me to contemplate a numerous of influences and integrate them both intentionally and subconsciously in the placement of the marks. Some of these influences come specifically from growth, nature, and ideas on meditations and distractions and craftsmanship.

Working with mainly paper and pin, or metal and Bradawl. Each piece is intended to entice the viewer closer and closer until you experience the magnitude of the hours of commitment. In hope to create almost a relationship of appreciation between the viewer and the mini holes punched through.

Featured Maker Interview

‘Attracted to the light’ work on aluminium.

Who or what inspired you to become a designer/maker?
Coming from a creative family, and having a general interest in the arts and crafts from a young age. I have always been frustrated with technology especially during university, and preferred using my hands as it gives me a real sense of control. Making and hand crafting work became my active way of thinking. For my work, the process is away of solving problems and expressing ideas, the experience in intuitive, meditative and almost unconscious. My art tutors, and meeting other craftspeople have been a great inspiration to me also and I appreciate their guidance and patience.

How would you describe your work?
Simple, intricate, detailed, and repetitive. The whole process involves making marks in response to the previous one, with patterns building up naturally in abstract and unpredictable ways.

Close up detail of aluminium, with holes made by Bradawl

Where are you based? Please describe your studio.
At the moment my studio is a very cold and dusty spare room in my house that I share with my friends in Manchester. It was originally filled with unwanted items and bags of washing. But now it’s where I do most of my work and I’m lucky because my pieces are quite large and the room is just the right size.

What piece of work are you most pleased or proud of, and why?
My most recent pieces which include perforating thin sheets of aluminium, I’ve really enjoyed working and manipulating the metal transforming the texture and form. The surface also provides interesting visuals when lights are reflected onto it.

Close up detail of paper lit from behind

What is the most satisfying part of the work you do?
I think it’s not knowing what the end result is going to be. Creating something with no specific intention or image in mind, and just going on instinct. It makes the process more exciting and each piece is completely different.

What would be your dream project?
I’d love to eventually expand my work, creating larger installations across more establishments and events all around the UK. I’ve really loved making installation pieces for festivals and outdoor events, it would be amazing to have more opportunities like that.



Work on paper, hanging in Benzie Building, MMU

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently making work for my solo exhibition at the Craft and Design centre in Manchester which is a very exciting and amazing opportunity! It will be running from the 14th May till August.

When you’re not working what do you like to do?
I love being involved in music and art based events such as festivals and gigs. Whether is helping with the décor or being involved in the organising, my most recent event was a charity fundraiser for The Homeless Film Festival. But mainly just being around my friends and family all the time, I come from a large and loud family so I enjoy being around lots of people when I’m not in the isolation of my work space… and I’m now learning how to play the guitar!

What does the north of England mean to you?
It means home! Friendly people and funny accents, it has so much to offer and I’m very happy to live here.

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