Surgeons lacking craft skills, urban inspired jewellery by Stööki and prescribing arts to help the NHS
The new issue of Crafts talks politics of pattern with Yinka Shonibare, investigates the revival of Murano glass, and meets the knife makers that have British chefs queuing up.
Julie Cope’s Grand Tour opened at Abbot Hall in Kendal, Alison Britton’s Making it Up opened at Marsden Woo in London and Reframe opened at Manchester Art Gallery.
Professor Roger Kneebone, talked to the BBC about student surgeons struggling with anything practical as they have so little experience of craft skills.
Part of potter and writer Edmund De Waal’s netsuke collection will go on loan to the Jewish Museum in Vienna, and 79 pieces will be auctioned, with proceeds going to the UK charity Refugee Council.
Our Crafts Council Maker of the Week is sculptor, wood carver & furniture maker Phil Young - Dendrophile who enjoys tricking the eye into believing wood has stretchy and squashy properties like flesh.
What was said
“We know what the NHS does is life-saving. But what the arts and social activities do is life-enhancing.” Health Secretary Matt Hancock on the power of the arts to improve our health.
What was made
Jewellery by Stööki. We talk to Nadia, Luke and Bosola about how they are inspired by the raw energy of London's youth culture and working towards a more transparent and open jewellery industry in our latest What’s Your Craft film.
What to look forward to
Tis the season for open studios and winter markets – Mushroom Works in Newcastle (23-25 Nov) and Turning Earth Winter Market (24/25 Nov and 8/9 Dec) and Cockpit Arts Open Studios (23-25 Nov and 30-2Dec) in London.
Real to Real: The Craft Film Festival returns to London next May and we have an early bird offer on film submissions made by 2 December!