Once again the current UK government have given me the chance to get out my soap box to champion a creative cause close to my heart and one I believe is at the heart of all of our society…
Craft – what you say? What is the point of a blog about saving the word ‘craft‘?
Why is it even important?
Because being a skilled potter, a skilled weaver, skilled jewelry maker are essential forms of hand making both in a creative sense but as a form of making a living, a contribution to individuals and communities who benefits from the beautiful and thought out results of the fine crafter.
The craft industry and those who work in it, over 88,000 people making a £3bn annual contribution to the UK economy, are inherently and by their very nature creative.
Right now we are in a process of devolution and re-classification by the current government administration of creative, cultural and craft based education, making, ways of working and being. We need to work together to stop this happening.
What about re-framing this process and investing in celebrating all that is great and a serious economic multiplier for the UK? Hey maybe the £28 billion pounds into the shared pot as a whole from the creative industries isn’t enough for the government? Perhaps we should go off shore like the bankers?
The Crafts Council is set up to champion crafts as, although there are so many grey areas in this argument, there are differences between fine arts, fine crafts, design and other professional forms.
Let’s celebrate the differences and champion the cross overs but don’t de-value the massive contributions craft and all its contributions make to a well rounded and growing society.
Gosh without craft perhaps we would not have been blessed with William Morris (god forbid).
“Nothing should be made by man’s labour which is not worth making, or which must be made by labour degrading to the makers.”
Do get involved and sign the petition, tell your friends and make waves to let this government know there a more pressing issues of deeply grinding poverty, lack of access to sustainable jobs and education that are more important than the waste of time, energy and money this process of re-classification are costing us.