We spoke to Christopher about the challenges for young people, why making is more important than ever, and why they want to put craft at the heart of people’s homes.
Crafts Council: What, to you, makes craft such a vital part of life today?
Christopher Cox: As humans, we have an innate urge to make – a hunger for it, almost – and being able to fulfil that is so valuable to a sense of wellbeing. As makers, we often take it for granted, but craft is also a kind of therapy. We want a little bit of that for everyone.
What people make with their hands also carries an energy in a really elemental way that can resonate with other people and connect them. Handmade objects can animate a space. You can put a piece of craft in a brutalist, hard-edged, empty building and it will give it a charge in a way that a mass-produced design object never could.