......and are not involved in "manufacturing"according to the UK government who state this as fact and support their statement as part of their process of removing Crafts from the list of accepted "creative industries".
See what you think by reading this eloquently written article on Dezeen and be sure to scan through some of the more academic replies in the comments below it. The word "disbelief" is aptly used in this sister post also on Dezeen.
On the other hand though... I recently read this in The Journal of Modern Craft volume 6, Issue 1, March 2013, pp87-94, Herwin Schaefer in his essay The Metamorphosis of the Craftsman, says;
"...we have men within industry who, much more than our makers of bric-a-brac, are the true descendents of the old craftsmen; they are the model-makers, die-makers, tool-makers, the many technicians in electronic and precision industries, and many hand workers in the less mechanized industries, such as the ceramic, furniture and building industries. These men contribute more to our visual environment by their skill and knowledge and by their sensitivity to form, than all the many so-called craftsmen..........They are not concerned with being original or creative, but merely with doing a good job, and that is the mark of the real craftsman. How much more real is their task, how much more alive, how much more needed than the precoccupation with the hand made one-of-a-kind luxury item.......We might well either abolish the term craftsman altogether as an obsolete concept, or transfer the term to people who under new circumstances, and with new methods are doing the very job the hand craftsman once did."
Petition against re-classification: https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49537
Friday, 10 May 2013
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
...of your intentions and motivations, is something that affects most makers and students at some point. But what if you knew that you were going to lose your eye-sight imminently and that blindness was approaching?
Sleeper Cell. Brooch.
"The Metalsmith" by Dan McComb is a beautifully filmed short video featuring metalsmith Andy Cooperman, who tells us his story. Click the images above to see his jewellery and selected works on Crafhaus, click image below to watch the video.
Friday, 5 April 2013
Here is something very good that I have been watching grow for a while now. Whether you are a maker based in the UK or not, I recommend you check out The Design Trust for all your business-related learning requirements. There's an ever growing body of resources and articles, links to opportunities, events and educational information, including their interesting Monthly Challenges, which are all about understanding your own business, whether it be established, fledgling or still on the drawing board. A good recent blogpost by The Design Trust is this one about selling your handmade products online.
You can sign up for their newletter which gives you recent developments. There's also a good range of business-related reviews on books as well as their own downloads that vary in detail and price form basic and free, to in-depth and for a small fee. The website is entirely focused on helping those in the creative industries and does not contain intimidating language or concepts that you need an MA in business studies to understand.
Take a look next time you have some reading time.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
27 March - 2 June
A showcase featuring heroes of the craft world who rescue their raw materials from
landfill and litter bins. With their deft hands and quick minds, humble resources from newspapers and tin cans are conjured into unexpected works of art.
Rebecca J Coles
I very nearly didn't get the work there to deadline, I've been very poorly and the
workshed has been arctic cold despite it's insulation and heating. It's a struggle meeting
deadlines when you're working self-employed and too ill to make. Here's a sneak peak at
some of the pieces I have in the exhibition:
So if you are anywhere Nottinghamshire way, go and pay a visit to the Harley Gallery. They have many other works to see as well as events, makers workshop units, a cafe and archives.
Monday, 25 March 2013
I can't wait to go to this! An interesting subject, fun, food and learning all located in a beautiful place.