Capture + Cultivate Tool Kit





For the Dissecting Craft Making project, CFPR Senior Research Fellow Angie Butler teamed up with CFPR Research Associate, Crafts Council Fellow and jewellery designer-maker, Sofie Boons. Together, Angie and Sofie aimed to develop an innovative methodology to translate practical actions that have been learned and acquired over many years, (i.e. embodied knowing) into something that is transferable to a wide range of users. An outcome of the project would be a tool kit, available to all as a downloadable free online pack that provides the opportunity for development of skills and insights into personal creative practice.

 The Capture and Cultivate methodology was first trialled by Angie and Sofie, each within their own practice and then tested with four practitioners in their professional workspaces. The outcomes of these three guided case studies were then analysed and used to create a tool kit that can be used by practitioners independently. The final tool kit was then tested by a selection of practitioners and refined prior to its publication online.

 Sofie Boons is a jewellery designer / maker, with a personal practice and strong educational background. She trialled the Capture and Cultivate methodology whilst faceting and filing. Since she was new to the practice of faceting the experience highlighted the challenges practitioners face when learning a new skill and informed the tool kits guidance to start with an activity that is likely to induce creative ‘flow’. To test this theory the methodology was also tested on the filing technique, a skill in which Sofie has many years of experience. The outcomes were very different and Sofie gained, amongst other impacts, a clear insight into her ‘checking’ rituals whilst filing. Her completed documents are available as the example pages on the Resources page on this website.


The first case study involved typesetting practitioners Katie Beard and Stan Lane. Stan is the owner of Gloucester Typesetting. With more than 40 years of commercial experience, Stan’s technical expertise is considered incomparable. Katie is Stan’s mature apprentice. With years of experience in publishing herself, Katie is now learning monotype typesetting to succeed Stan. For the research project, both Stan and Katie were filmed whilst keyboarding. Stan gained an insight into the state of flow he experiences when typesetting, and how his body is positioned when working. In comparison to Katie’s position, this resulted in a fruitful discussion on how a future workplace could accommodate Katie’s posture.


The second case study took place in the bindery practice of Roger Grech. Roger has been a Printmaker and Bookbinder for over thirty years. He runs his own bindery based in Shipley, West Yorkshire, where he works on limited editions for Fine Press Printers. For the research project, Roger was filmed sewing sections of a book. The experience gave him a unique insight into the relationship between vision, touch and the economy of movement that surrounds his practice. The experience validated his mastery of the skill and the craftmanship involved.


The third case study was conducted with Pat Randle from Nomad Letterpress at the Whittington Press, Cheltenham. At the press, Pat co-publishes Double Dagger and printed Matrix up until the last edition in 2022. He runs letterpress workshops throughout the year and specialises in high quality book work both for clients under the Nomad imprint. The Capture and Cultivate methodology was trialled to capture Pat composing the pages of a book for printing. Having not composed a book in ten-point type for a while the reviewing of slight errors and omissions led to a greater insight into how the practice could be optimised.


The project was supported by a University of the West of England Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Research Award.

 Capture + Cultivate Tool Kit PDF

 Prompts PDF

Example Sheet PDF