Podcast for LUSH: Portrait of a Master Paper Maker

This is the first in a series of ‘Meet the Maker’ podcasts that we are producing for LUSH cosmetics, in collaboration with Cathy Haynes. The aim is to give a sensory rich insight into the craft of making.

Here, we follow Master Paper Maker Gary Fuller at Frogmore Mill, Apsley as he produces a new kind of packaging paper using banana fibre. When the machines were rolling the Mill was incredibly noisy! The challenge for us was both to capture Gary’s voice as cleanly as possibly, and to record and mix in the mechanical sounds so as to give the listener the feeling of being inside the Mill as the paper was being made.

The podcast is available to listen to on the LUSH player.

Listening to paper being made

Listening to paper being made

A fascinating day last week listening to the hums, ticks and whistles of a 100 year old paper-making machine at Frogmore Mill, Apsley. We were there to interview master paper maker Gary Fuller as he produced a special ream of packaging paper from banana fibre. It’s for the first in a series of ‘Meet the Maker’ podcasts that we are producing for LUSH cosmetics, about their suppliers.

To Skye to talk about a life well-travelled

To Skye to talk about a life well-travelled

On a clear day, this view from Skye to the mainland would be majestic. No matter the rain, we were there to talk and listen. We were interviewing for a spoken portrait about an extraordinary life lived across continents and through war and civil strife. A profoundly moving, meaningful and rewarding project to work on.

A happy evacuation

A happy evacuation

It was so uplifting to hear about a happy wartime evacuation while interviewing for a 90th birthday spoken portrait. Two sisters with wonderful memories of seeing the Lakes for the first time, of croquet on the law, and loving hosts reading bedtime stories and helping with piano practice. Life-long friendships forged in just a few months.

A new children’s opera

This is one in a series of ten podcasts that we produced about a newly commissioned children’s opera by composer Kate Whitley and writer Sabrina Mahfouz. The podcasts follow the production of the opera Paws & Padlocks, from writing and fundraising through to rehearsals and the final performance. You can listen to all ten podcasts in the series on Soundcloud.

Paws & Padlocks was commissioned by Blackheath Halls with support from the Arts Council England and a number of other charitable trusts. It premiered at the Blackheath Halls in April 2017. You’ll find more information on the Blackheath Halls website.

An interview with Diana Cumming about Peter Pears

An interview with Diana Cumming about Peter Pears

Fascinating to talk to artist Diana Cumming about Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Pears was a friend and collector of her work. Several of her paintings – including this marvellous self-portrait – are now in the Britten-Pears archive at the Red House.

The recorded interview will be added to their audio-visual archive.

Talking heads videos for a property developer

This is one of a series of ten talking heads videos that we filmed for a residential property developer in the north west. They wanted videos for their website that would introduce potential buyers to the local area and its traders. We interviewed people from key local businesses and schools at their place of work.  We also interviewed the architect and landscape architect about the housing design. The final edit and graphics were added by the developer’s web designer, IMOSO

You’ll find the full suite of interviews with traders here, and with designers here.

Spoken portrait: a life in fashion and food

These clips are taken from a 40 minute piece in which the subject recalls her childhood growing up during the war, her time studying fashion and working as a professional dress designer, and her early married life. We were commissioned to produce the portrait by her daughter, who thought it would be a lovely project for her mother to work on. Rather than attempt to cover all aspects of her mother’s life during those years, we decided to focus on two of her great passions and joys: food and fashion. She embraced the themes, and the whole family loved listening to the finished portrait.