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  • Hand of Good, Hand of God, Freddie Robins, 1997. Photo: Heini Schneebeli

Hand of Good, Hand of God by Freddie Robins

Chosen by Deirdre Figueiredo MBE, at Craftspace

We ask makers, curators, designers, creative practitioners and the Crafts Council team to select their favourite object from the Crafts Council Collection and to tell us why.

Deirdre Figueiredo MBE, curator and Director of Craftspace, says

Her choice of medium on first encounter seems safe and cosily domestic but passive and benign it is not! One thing’s for sure, Robins’s work will always elicit a reaction because it intentionally subverts, unsettles expectations and disrupts boundaries. Like Robins herself, it takes a stand, refusing to be neatly categorised and could sit just as easily in the collections of a museum of modern art or the Wellcome Collection. I’ve chosen this work because of its enduring attitude, interrogating and confronting our prejudices about what is ‘normal’ and ‘beautiful’, renewing my conviction that diversity and difference are drivers to re-thinking the world

Hand of Good, Hand of God, Freddie Robins, 1997. Photo by Heini Schneebeli

About this object

Date of making: 1997
Date of acquisition: 2003
Technique/Process: Textiles, Machine-knitting, hand-sewing
Materials: Shetland Wool
Dimensions: L935mm x W520mm
Collection Number: T165

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