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  • Collection of Gold Brooches, Wendy Ramshaw, 2006-2008. Photo courtesy of The Scottish Gallery.

CCHQ Weekly Round-up, 24 November 2017

Hand-sewn sexual organs, saying no to Black Friday and a giant clay Katy Perry

What happened

We’ve done a little round-up of fairs, open studios and christmas events happening in the run up to Christmas. So say s*d off to Black Friday and say yes to British craft.

Congrats to Mark Laban and Crafts Council Directory maker Eleanor Lakelin for wining Wood Awards, Tom Raffield for his Walpole Award and Lin Cheung for winning the Francoise van den Bosch prize 2018.

The Gagosian in New York unveiled a giant sculpture by Urs Fischer of Katy Perry in modelling clay which visitors can get their hands on.

Sleeping Hands opened at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris showcasing former residents at the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès which supports craft and design.

Our Directory Maker of the Week is Mark Fenn who has just published the weighty tome Narrative Jewelry. We talk to Mark here.

What was made

A hand-sewn set of women’s sexual organs for schools by Fanny Prudhomme in response to the poor provision of sex education for young people. Bravo Fanny!

What was said

“How I respond to abuse and the cruelty of domestic violence happens intuitively and I render that response in porcelain.” British Craft: The Miami Edit and Collect Open maker Sue Paraskeva.

What to look forward to

A major retrospective of Wendy Ramshaw’s jewellery opening at the The Scottish Gallery. Her remarkable career is also covered in the current issue of Crafts.

And finally

“In a period of meaningless mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan food, and craft beverages reveals our deep cravings for tradition and quality" a timely anti-Black Friday quote from Alex Langlands. Come hear him at the next Crafts Book Club.

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