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  • A Malian refugee, trained under the Design for Peace Artisan Project, works on a creation.  Image courtesy of the UN Refugee Agency © UNHCR/6M Productions

CCHQ Weekly Round-up, 9 February 2018

Refugee craft, bespoke denim and the craftsmanship of Daniel Day-Lewis

What happened

Natural Selection at Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, Breathe at Manchester Craft and Design Centre and Matthew Warner: Social Objects at Contemporary Applied Arts in London all opened.

Glass artist Jochen Holz was awarded a special Arts Foundation 25th anniversary award. See his work at Collect 2018.

The New York Times visited Takayuki Echigoya who makes bespoke jeans using antique Singer sewing machines including one previously owned by Levi Strauss.  

Displaced craftspeople from 11 nations across the world are presenting their products at Ambiente fair in Frankfurt which opened today.

We filmed Collect Open maker Katrin Spranger talking about her Aquatopia collection - inspired by science fiction and imagining a future where water is more scarce.

Our Crafts Council Maker of the Week is Nameless Wonders (aka Karen Suzuki) currently exhibiting at Project Ability Gallery in Glasgow who We talk to Karen here.

What was made

Lamps made by Alvaro Catalán de Ocón’s PET Lamp Project which transforms plastic waste into unique and functional works with communities around the globe.

What was said

“Being in a workshop is like food and drink to me, I love that sense of creation.” Daniel Day-Lewis on his furniture making days as his new film Phantom Thread hits screens.

What to look forward to

A family workshop, inspired by our A Curious Turn exhibition, to make simple moving sculptures with a Valentine's theme at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Love it.

And finally

As we look forward to Masters of British Studio Pottery at Collect 2018 – we’ve been enjoying Erskine, Hall & Coe’s Instagram posts featuring some of the featured ceramic legends