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Many people, outside the professional craft world, see what we do as a gentle, highly enjoyable and stress-free lifestyle choice. Occasionally this might be true but usually my reality is far from it.
How I would love to spend my time sitting around dreaming up fabulous, fresh, new creations! However, … Read more
Collect was set up by the Crafts Council to promote and sell contemporary craftwork to private collectors and curators … Read more
No matter what the specialism, we artists are suffering along with all small businesses right now, in these economically challenging times.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. We might be worried about banks, slow markets or cash flow problems, but as this unpredictability is also good for focusing the … Read more
The piece below is a very personal way of trying to solve the child and work problem. Every child and every design discipline brings its own new problems. But it is a problem that many of us designer/ makers will have to solve and it would be wonderful to hear … Read more
“Dazzle” one of the UK`s leading exhibitors of exciting and innovative modern contemporary jewellery seems to be going from strength to strength. Established in 1981 the Dazzle events are now held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester. Only the highest caliber of maker are invited to be showcased with prices … Read more
Skill, tradition, hobby, pastimes, high quality, low quality and a plethora of cultural pre-conceptions, good and bad, embody “Craft”. To cover all the facets of the applied arts in one umbrella term is complicated if not an impossible task, but all too often “Craft” has been used. But is “Craft” … Read more
The Crafts Council launched Collect in 2004 at the V&A as an art fair exclusively for contemporary craft objects. The annual event sees over 40 international galleries showcase collectable decorative and applied art objects. This year Collect will run from the 14th to the 17th of May but it will … Read more
Is it time for a top quality contemporary craft fair in Scotland? And is there a big enough market outside London to support such an event?
With this year’s successful launch of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester the evidence would suggest that a thriving market for craft … Read more