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William Morris and Craftivism

Was William Morris a Craftivist? and do the writings of Morris and the ideals of Craftivism have something to contribute to the personal philosophy of craftspeople today? That subject forms the basis of a forthcoming PhD for Mila Burcikova, a bit much to cram into one blog post but quite exciting and kept me engaged […]

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crafts and the way people relate to objects

Kevin Murray gave one of the keynote papers at the Making Futures conference last week. a very entertaining speaker he encouraged us to question the way we relate to physical objects. In the great hall at Dartington with the oak lectern he looks rather like a preacher but the sermon was anything but dry. We […]

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Craft is Great Britain

Today David Cameron launched a £500,000 ad campaign promoting British Culture with 10 posters highlighting British Heritage, Music, Countryside, Sport, Innovation etc  but they forgot the crafts one again so we helped them out. Please share these with your friends, post it on your blogs and facebook and let’s get it out there as widely […]

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Prof Kate Soper on craft and sustainability

Making futures brought together delegates from the UK and around the world to question how we can live sustainable lives, and whether craft has a role to play in getting from here to there. The full conference program and summaries of the papers are available online here in due course the full text of the […]

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Dartington Hall and the Elmhirsts

Just back from 6 days in Devon discussing what role crafts have in helping create a sustainable future. The setting was the magnificent Dartington Hall. I came away inspired and am now wondering if I can manage to pass on some of that inspiration just through blog posts, I’ll try my best though as a […]

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tree hugging in a high wind

I have to start this post by saying I am normally a very rational, scientific not very tree huggy sort of person. However I love outstanding experiences of the natural world and I also enjoy adrenalin rushes and any top entertainment that is free is a bonus, spur of the moment opportune experiences do it […]

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Food for Thought: Craft and Sustainability

Food for Thought: Craft and Sustainability BY Julie K. Hanus  The article below was originally posted on the American Craft Council blog here http://www.americancraftmag.org/blog-post.php?id=12554 I enjoyed it and wanted to share it unaltered, it is a good blog worth following. Craft and sustainability is a hot topic at the moment and I’ll be attending this […]

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lots of wooden bowls

This week I am in full production mode in the workshop and thoroughly enjoying it. These are beech bowls, perfect for soup or cereal. They are turned green then stacked for the air to circulate whilst they dry, it takes about 6 weeks.  I think it is sad so few turners make bowls to eat […]

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halloumi and watermelon

Just discovered halloumi and watermelon a combination made in heaven (or Cyprus apparently it’s popular there)  sweet crunchy juicy melon is the perfect match for the rich salty grilled halloumi. Bowls by me, Wille Sundqvist and Richard Raffan, plates mine, wine glass air twist by Tony Wassell, cutlery Alexander Clark Co Sheffield, 2006 Rioja and […]

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“Handmade in Britain” BBC TV

My first post of 2011 said “I believe this year will see an explosion of traditional crafts in the media” a couple of weeks ago I was filmed for John Cravens BBC “Britan at Risk” series and today the BBC announce “Handmade in Britain.” All great news. The BBC and V&A today announce Handmade In […]

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