Crafting curling stones, needle working prisoners and British basketry
The new issue of Crafts magazine is out and looking fly. Featuring flameworker extraordinaire Jochen Holz, LOEWE’s J W Anderson, Chiharu Shiota and Matt Smith.
Novelist Esther Freud is hoping to bring her debut play Stitchers to the stage. It’s about the founding of Fine Cell Work, a social enterprise that teaches needlework to prisoners, and you can help
We’re pleased that DCMS will be measuring a broader range of craft categories in UK export figures from now on (having previously just counted jeweller exports). This and more in our Policy Brief
Two shows from Crafts Council makers - Kate Haywood has just opened at Manchester Art Gallery and you’ve one day left to see Weaving Ghosts by Lois Walpole in Stornoway.
In the week that we learnt children struggle to hold pencils – a Cultural Learning Alliance report shows that arts makes us more employable.
The Crafts Council Maker of the Week is Katherine Swailes, part of Weftfaced, who were recently featured in House & Garden magazine. Read our full article with Katharine here.
What was said
"The most important job in the world is teaching" on receiving BAFTA Fellowship Ridley Scott tells how one GCE and a love of woodwork and art got him into the RCA. He then went on to be one of the most visionary film directors in the world.
What was made
Baskets and a plethora of ‘em courtesy of not one but two New York Times articles on British basketry featuring many a familiar face including former Hothouse maker Annemarie O’Sullivan.
What to look forward to
Hey Clay! from 23-25 March. Over 110 venues from Orkney to St Ives. Roll your sleeves up and get creative with clay. For free!
Who knew there was such a crafty Winter Olympics connection; Finnish team collectively knitted a blanket, Lizzie Yarnold wants to get into knitting and a great film on the crafting of all the world’s curling stones from small Scottish island.