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  • Fireworks at the inauguration of Hull City of Culture 2017

CCHQ Weekly Round-up, 6 January 2017

Hull starts with a bang, disco balls, freestyle Japanese weaving and New Year's Honours

What happened

We’re pleased as punch to announce that our Executive Director Rosy Greenlees received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to craft.

A new year and so a new Crafts! Jasper Morrison on rural Portuguese crafts, chair-makers Sitting Firm, Ken Price, a Collect special, plus two souvenir covers to choose from.

Hull City of Culture started with an almighty musical bang. We’ll be launching our new States of Play exhibition at the Humber Street gallery there this July.

The White House's Making Advisor (oh yes) Stephanie Santoso launched Nation of Makers with Adam Savage in order to promote and defend the maker movement in the US.

Lise Bech opened at The Scottish Gallery and The London Loom  launched a pop-up in east London offering workshops in Japanese freestyle weaving.

Our Directory Maker of the Week is Gizella K Warburton whose pieces evolve through drawing with paper, cloth and thread. We talk to Gizella here.

What was made

Disco balls  – and lots of them – by Yolanda Baker who has been making them for Omega National Products in Louisville for nearly fifty years.

What was said

“You make work that’s worthwhile but getting it out and selling it is another thing.” Hothouse 2016 maker Will Elworthy in an FT article this weekend on making a living from craft.  

What to look forward to

It’s just four weeks to Collect! Watch this lovely film starring exhibiting artists Baldwin Guggisberg and Soojin Kang and get your tickets here

And finally

Some great opportunities for makers – Crafting the Future of Thurrock / Woman's Hour Craft Prize / Real to Reel Craft Film Festival / V&A Ceramics residency / Goldsmiths’ Fair / British Council trip to Shenzen / West Dean Tapestry Symposium / Arts in Mind education scheme

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