SmallHillArts

Lara Small is a founder of SmallHillArts, a collaboration who work with natural, found and reused materials to spread art and craft throughout their community. She is a collector of interesting things and works with historical collections, fashion and textiles.  She explores traditional making techniques using antique machinery to create modern usable items.

SmallHillArts are a collaboration of two artists who work with natural, found and reused materials to spread art and craft throughout their community.  By teaching basic sewing skills our collaboration aims to re-establish the skills link, lost, as our communities separate and families live miles apart. It makes spaces where anyone can create art from things that are freely or cheaply available to all. It grows communities, encourages people to practice, share and pass on skills to the next generation. Our emphasis is on sustainability and self reliance through growing self confidence in art practice. Our workshops are inclusive and accessible to all abilities to spread this practice and develop our local community. 

Buttons have a place in our history as women. Our grandmothers and their forbearers collected buttons as a commodity to be reused and many collections have been inherited. Beautiful interesting and historical objects, buttons are a useful and practical part of women’s history. Many women are captivated by button boxes and get lost in sorting and touching the buttons. By using and displaying these buttons we are recognising the value that they have to women who take refuge in their link to our past. It shows their individual beauty, their style, and inspires a delicate interest.  

The Crowther Family Collection

The Family Collection represents a galaxy of stars. The collection has belonged to the artist as long as her interest in the beauty of space.  The raw cotton textile has been unwoven and used as thread. The buttons still have potential to be used in a different way as the thread ends have been left uncut to show where to start to unpick. It still remains, a useful button box. 

Beautiful interesting and historical objects, buttons are a useful and practical part of our history. Many women are captivated by button boxes and get lost in sorting and touching the buttons. By using and displaying these buttons we are recognising the value that they have to women who take refuge in their link to our past. It shows their individual beauty, their style, and inspires a delicate interest. 

FiLia Banner

This work is a new Suffragette banner made for the inauguration of the new charity FiLia. FiLia, meaning daughter, evokes the intention to steadfastly continue the work of our foremothers to create a better world for our daughters.

Incorporating the Suffragette colours of white (Purity), green (Hope) and purple (Freedom and Dignity), the historical collection which forms the core of the buttons has been joined by other green and purple additions. The buttons are sewn in purple thread. The work is backed with a simple white, green and purple flag. SmallHillArts have created this piece with the help of FiLiA members and supporters. It forms a founding historical artefact for the organisation of FiLiA and is a banner to march under.