A Celebration of Craft

The UK economy is boosted to the tune of 3.4 billion per annum by craft skills, which also provide millions of hobbyists an outlet for problem solving, creativity and sustainability. Far from being design's handy little sister, craft is practiced by three quarters of women with ever improving skill. We explore the past, present and future of making with a look at the history of women and craft and craft education. We meet a woman who has embarked on craftivism; three women who have turned their passion and skill into a business and hear about the benefits of craft to focus and de-stress. And Jane Garvey wrestles with a sewing machine.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Corinna Jones.

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Mon 6 Apr 2015 10:00

Craft – past present and future

Dr Cat Rossi, Senior Lecturer in Design History at Kingston University and Annie Warburton, Creative Programmes Director at the Crafts Council 

Craft as a hobby

Craft as a hobby

Podcaster Helen Zaltzman talks about her craft hobby and shows Jane how to make a kimono top using three scarves.  

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Our reporter Angela Robson joins a session which shares skills, promotes learning and asks what are the benefits of craft?


Craftivism: Morsbags

To tackle the proliferation of plastic bags, Claire Morsman decided to make fabric bags from material and distribute them for free.  She set up a website to encourage others to do the same, and since then 160,000 morsbags have been made worldwide by 1000’s of volunteers in their local communities. 

The business of craft and diversification of skills

The business of craft and diversification of skills

Many of us enjoy craft as a hobby but how easy is it to create a viable business?  And how do craft skills feed into other industries?  Ptolemy Mann is a weaver who has also worked on the façade of a new hospital building, and Donna Wilson is a designer maker who runs her own homeware label having started off making quirky knitted creatures.

Learning A New Skill And Making A Business Out Of It

Learning A New Skill And Making A Business Out Of It

Chinelo Bally was a finalist on the Great British Sewing Bee in 2014, but she only started sewing a couple of years before that.  She talks about the hours of practice she put in to perfect her craft, and about the practice of freehand sewing which doesn’t use a pattern.  


Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
ProducerCorinna Jones
Interviewed GuestCat Rossi
Interviewed GuestAnnie Warburton
Interviewed GuestHelen Zaltzman
Interviewed GuestClaire Morsman
Interviewed GuestPtolemy Mann
Interviewed GuestDonna Wilson
Interviewed GuestChinelo Bally

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