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CCHQ Weekly Round-up, 7 July 2017

Adele's pom poms, wire toys from Burundi and tackling the studio crisis

What happened

Our free exhibition States of Play opened in Hull and it’s a whirligig of playful things and ideas. So get there this summer.   
 
Christopher Wilks writes about the ever changing perceptions of ply for Crafts magazine ahead of Ply: Material of the Modern World opening at the V&A.
 
Crafts Council maker Stewart Hearn on how the changing light of the Cambridgeshire Fens inspired his new range for the National Trust.
 
Adele revealed her crafty habit is making pom-poms.
 
Ambiguous Implements opened at Rococo in Sheffield Roco Cooperative Sheffield  – re-imagining eating, grooming, cooking and cleaning tools into new objects.
 
We welcomed a raft of new makers on to the Crafts Council Directory.
 
What was said
 
“Packing up the studio was the most dreadful thing” Woman’s Hour Craft Prize finalist Romilly Saumerz Smith talks about life as a jeweller after her MS diagnosis.
 
What was made
 
Wire toys made by children on the streets of Burundi in the 70s and 80s – now the focus of an exhibition in Zurich.  
 
There’s a new trend on Instagram and it’s avocado carving. Yes really.
 
What to look forward to
 
Emma Hart’s new show Mamma Mia! at the Whitechapel Gallery following a residency in Faenza, the ceramics capital of Italy.
 
And finally
 
Architectural critic Hugh Pearman explores six possible solutions to tackle the London studio crisis.

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