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  • Crafts Counsellor (detail). Paul Spooner, 1996, jelutong, Liquitex paint, limewood, birch plywood, alluminium, Tufnol and mechanical parts. Crafts Council Collection, 2016.5. Photo: Iona Wolff.

CCHQ Weekly Round-up, 25 May 2018

Embroidered footballers, flower power craft and 7,000 year old bog-oak

What happened

BBC Two's Back to the Land has been looking at rural craft businesses. This week Crafts Council maker Loopy Ewes, who works with the wool from her flock of rare sheep, featured from minute 27

Orla Kiely: a Life in Pattern opened at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Visitors can expect ‘to be absorbed in the kaleidoscopic colours and rhythms’ of her design world.

The BBC has made an animated trailer for the football World Cup created entirely by machine embroidery. With the help of London Embroidery Studio every second is twelve-and-half embroidered frames.

Chelsea Flower Show opened so we shared the inventive work of Crafts Council maker Olga Prinku who uses dried flowers, tulle and embroidery hoops to striking effect.

We looked behind the scenes at the Barbican’s MAKE! season in partnership with Crafts magazine. Retail buyer Margaux Soland tells us what she looks for.

What was said

“Make sure your audience is aware that your produce is handmade.” Tom Raffield, one of a number of successful makers gives advice to new grads in the current Crafts magazine.

What was made

A giant oak tree that lay buried in a peat bog on the Solway Firth for more than 7,000 years is going to made into furniture by local makers. 

What to look forward to

A Curious Turn opens at the Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner tomorrow. It’s the last chance to crank, pull, twist and turn these mechanical sculptures into action.

And finally

You’ve no doubt heard of GDPR legislation coming in today.  As a result we’ve updated our Privacy Policy and created a guide for makers on how they use data in their businesses.