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  • Where Have all the Months Gone?, Abake. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian
  • Jingdezhen – Making Process and Market Vases (detail), 2013-2014, Zhenhan Hao. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian

Twelve Tall Tales

Storytelling through objects and making

Moonwalk in clogs. Meet a broom with an attitude. Let a machine predict your fate…

Twelve artists, makers and designers tell tales through objects, motivated by their ability to contain, convey and inspire stories. Selected by designer Onkar Kular for their narrative potential, this eclectic group of works presents varied and unexpected approaches to translating fictional, humorous, cultural, political and historical stories and references into crafted objects.

Works by Åbäke, Auger-Loizeau, Carl Clerkin, El Ultimo Grito, Zhenhan Hao, Hilda Hellström, Hefin Jones, Noam Toran, Dawn Youll, and new commissions by Cecilie Gravesen and Dash Macdonald are shown alongside film, text and photography to highlight the strong links between contemporary making and storytelling.


The Welsh Space Campaign by interdisciplinary designer Hefin Jones proposes that Wales has the capacity to explore space, injecting Welsh culture, skills and traditions into every item needed to establish a national space campaign. The creation of a space suit using fabric woven in the last remaining wool mills in Wales, space clogs, and a pressure system looks at local industries and their craft skills in new wider contexts.

Enter our social media competition and win a night’s stay at The Hospital Club and dinner for two people. Get creative and enter by 29 August 2016. Tell us what object you would make to help send someone to space? You can enter using a photo and a caption but you must include #TwelveTallTales and tag in @CraftsCouncilUK. We'll judge each entry based on their creativity and announce the winner after 29 August 2016.