However, resetting the organisation of our classrooms provides an opportunity to rethink old ways of working; as new skills are learnt and enjoyed, wider learning possibilities can be introduced. As the shape of a timetabled school day is re-established (using craft’s step-by-step process to create structure, patience, and flow), more innovative approaches to core subjects can build on these skills: learning maths through human knit machines; science through clay; storytelling through weaving or using materials to imagine design solutions for a changing world.. This way a true ‘broad and balanced’ curriculum, rich with ‘cultural capital’ becomes the norm for all children not just those who are able to pay for their education.
Lockdown has repeatedly shown us the ingenuity and creativity of so many people. Whether its businesses pivoting to new ways of working, designing new products or using creative ways to keep connected – a can-do attitude and confidence with materials and tools are fundamental. Craft builds this tacit knowledge – experience, ideals, intuition, values, creative thinking, emotions, skills and attitudes – all fundamentally needed in our society today.
We believe that craft can be the lens to explore the whole curriculum in an inspiring, engaging and innovative way. Craft is a core skill which can open up career pathways and improve our mental health. And it is fun and joyous and contemplative and thoughtful and can express emotions without the need for words.
Craft can change our world for the better and as such should start in our schools.