Handicrafts and punk are not a clash for Jazz

Jazz Domino Holly, author and Joe Strummer's daughter
Jazz Domino Holly, author and Joe Strummer's daughter
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PORTSMOUTH’S BookFest is set to host an author whose DIY approach to life is in her genes – after all she is punk legend Joe Strummer’s daughter.

Jazz Domino Holly will bring her passion for handicrafts to the city as part of a mission to give baking, sewing and knitting a 21st century makeover.

In her book Queen of Crafts the 27-year-old encourages young people to make jam tarts and jewellery with the same rebellious spirit that inspired her dad to make music with the Clash.

At an evening workshop in Portsmouth’s Aspex Gallery, Jazz – who is also the founder of the Shoreditch Sisters Women’s Institute – will try to introduce a new generation to the joys of crafting.

‘Crafts are cool again and they are here to stay,’ she said. ‘Even if you think you are all fingers and thumbs, just remember we have all got the power to create.’

Jazz said she wanted to rid things like baking and knitting of their fusty image.

‘Today a new generation of crafters have been shaking up stereotypes and putting a new spin on old traditions,’ she said. ‘Activities like jam making, baking and sewing are all things that used to be seen as old fashioned but have now come back as outlets for self-expression.

‘I come from a long line of mavericks and mischief makers.

‘My grandfather, who is still one of the naughtiest people I know, and my dad both dared to live and think outside the box.

‘I picked up most of my crafting skills from just giving it a go, having fun and playing around and experimenting.’

BookFest organiser and co-owner of the Hayling Island Bookshop, Colin Telford, said: ‘We are really looking forward to welcoming Jazz to Portsmouth, and I’m sure her workshop will give crafters of all ages a chance to try something new.’

The workshop will be held at Gunwharf Quays on Tuesday October 18 at 7pm.

Visit portsmouthbookfest.co.uk for full details of upcoming events.