Craft Values

We’ve just been to an event to launch London Craft Week in which Mark Henderson, the chairman of Gieves and Hawkes and founder of The New Craftsman, was in conversation with Martina Margetts, a veteran of craft debates and Senior Tutor in Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art.   We particularly enjoyed the moment when Mark referred to craft as a form of ‘better shopping’:  the idea that craft practice will inevitably rise as a result of more discriminating consumers, particularly in markets like Japan, looking for beautiful handmade objects.   Martina could barely disguise a look of anxiety and horror that a century of fine art practice applied to three dimensional form might be reducible to a species of luxury goods.

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