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Maker’s Eye

Maker's Eye selector textile artist Freddie Robins, photographed with some of her chosen objects by Judith Robson, Hans Stofer, Gary Wright and Ann Sutton, at her home. Photo: Jamie Stoker

What does craft mean to you? 

Does craft need to be functional, can it be funny, does it have to be beautiful and should it tackle the big topics of the day? 

The Crafts Council asked 13 brilliant craft makers this question. Each one picked works from Crafts Council Collections to create a ‘visual answer’. The result is Maker’s Eye, an exhibition which features over 150 objects – making it the largest ever showcase of objects from the extensive Crafts Council Collections and archives.

It features a delicate canary yellow bowl by one of the most important potters in modern history Lucie Rie, who arrived in London as a refugee in 1938, one of the first chairs made using recycled plastics by material pioneer Jane Atfield, a 24-fingered giant knitted glove by Freddie Robins, a pink knitted ’pussy hat’ by Abbey Gans Mather worn on the first Women’s March in 2017, and an industrial toilet mould by Stoke-on-Trent manufacturers Armitage Shanks.

The objects range from the functional to the conceptual, spanning every decade from the 1970s onwards, and cover a dizzying array of textures, materials, colours and sizes. Come to the Crafts Council Gallery this spring to see this celebration of craft in all its forms and ask what craft means to you. And remember there are no wrong answers!

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