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  • Unfurling Splendour [VI], Catherine Bertola's carpet made entirely of dust, Mount Edgcumbe House, 2015. Photo courtesy of the artist

CCHQ Weekly Round-up, 18 September 2015

Craft-inspired book covers, Benedict Cumberstitch and making is the new baking 

What happened

Acts of Making arrived in Plymouth and Mount Edgcumbe via a whirl of scooters. One week left to see dust carpets, sculpted benches, disintegrating pots, wooden amplifiers and portraits of Plymouth residents.

BBC proclaimed that making is the new baking as we got to see a glimpse of The Great British Pottery Throw Down coming soon to BBC Two.

Thank heavens someone is documenting the legacy of the master firewood maker. Ahem. 

A Sense of Jewellery opened at The Goldsmiths’ Centre with a Crafts Council film programme which includes this beautiful film GOLD on jeweller Jaqueline Mina OBE.

Penguin books launched Penguin by Hand - six modern classics with craft-inspired front covers.

Our Directory maker of the week is Stephanie Ray whose work features in Material Consequences which opened this week at Craft Central.

What was said

“I am very inspired by materials – experimenting with them and creating the metamorphosis in my own hands” What is Luxury? curator Leanne Wierzba talks to fashion designer Iris van Herpen.

“It captures the energy and spirit of a unique part of the capital. Evocative photography alongside insightful profiles.” CC’s Annie Warburton in the foreword for Makers of East London which launched this week.

What was made

Visitors to Make Lewes, guided by makers including former Hothouses Anne Marie O’Sullivan turned a large hay bale into a 10 metre rope bridge. CCHQ is not sure it would use it to cross a ravine.

Many cross-stitched portraits as a new book Benedict Cumberstitch contains 15 patterns can help you pay craft homage to the actor.

What to look forward to

We’ve pulled out some furniture gems from our Collection to feature in Inside Out which opens tomorrow at Platform Gallery at Habitat on King’s Road, London.

And finally

Mesmerizing? Not half. Master calligrapher, Sebastian Lester's calligraphy videos had us entranced