Protest quilts, Danish ceramics, fabulous beasts and Icelandic creativity
To celebrate International Women’s Day we talked to Jess De Wahls, Poppy Chancellor, Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark and Silvia Levenson about pushing boundaries.
A report into Iceland’s staggering creativity says it is partly down to their emphasis on craft and making things by hand. “Every Icelandic male knows how to knit, every female knows how to use tools.”
This year's QuiltCon (oh yes) in Nashville was dominated by the theme of protest, continuing a very old tradition of using the quilt as a tool for resistance.
The Fabulous Beasts Club by Crafts Council maker Nancy Sutcliffe at Scottish Gallery, Designers select designers at Aram Gallery, and Flux: Parian Unpacked by Matt Smith at The Fitzwilliam Museum all opened.
In National Careers Week and National Apprenticeships Week the BBC visited the youngsters keeping craft alive and we asked Matthew Warner, Theresa Nguyen and Laura Slater about their craft career paths.
Crafts Council maker of the week is Melanie Bowles who is taking part in Make! A Season of Contemporary Craft at the Barbican. Read our article with Melanie here.
What was said
"I suppose my biggest thing is probably ceramics. There’s something about it that I can’t really explain, something so physical." Crafts magazine talks to LOEWE Craft Prize founder JW Anderson.
What was made
Dolls by Kiev-based Olga Kamenetskaya. She tells Vogue that some people find them terrifying and some admire the aesthetics. Which camp do you fall into?
What to look forward to
Ceramic Art London from the 23-25 March and Marlene Hartman Rasmussen starting her V&A Ceramics Residency in April.
Arts Council England want to make sure arts, museums and libraries in England are thriving for the next decade, and they want to hear your thoughts on how best they can do that.