In a couple of weeks I shall be speaking at the V&A on the subject of the place of traditional craft skills in the 21st century. It’s part of a panel discussion with eminent speakers from the world of Art and Design, Sir Nicholas Goodison Tanya Harrod, Sir Christopher Frayling amongst others. I will be rather in awe but hope to do my bit.
For anyone who fancies coming along tickets are free and the event is in the Hochauser auditorium at the V&A 10.30-12.00 21st September.
Art, Craft & Design – cross-overs and boundaries in the 21st Century
What:Free talks & tours
When:Fri 21 September 2012 10:30
Where:Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
FREE TALK: Join six eminent speakers from the three sectors of art, craft, and design as they discuss the evolving nature of craft and how shifting allegiances and cross-overs have lead it to defy categorisation.
The debate will be in two sessions chaired by Glenn Adamson: Robin Wood will make a plea for the preservation of traditional skills, with responses from Sir Nicholas Goodison and Tanya Harrod. After the Q&A, Tracey Rowledge will talk about the reinvention of traditional skills in the 21st century with responses from Sir Christopher Frayling and Mel Howse.
Organised by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) which makes awards to craftspeople who reflect the excellence of British craftsmanship, such as scholar and saddle maker Mia Sabel, who was employed by Mark Taylor to work on his design for a briefcase and used her skills to help develop the manufacture of the leatherwork for this highly original product (see image).
Part of London Design Festival 2012.
Link to V&A here