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Lucy Tammam | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Style
Lucy Tammam

all women everywhere This may be one of the reasons why the main thing I took away from the most recent fashion week, wasn't a key trend or colour, but that the industry just creates too much. Watching catwalk shows of design, after design, after design streaming past - each garment with it's own value and beauty, yet lost in the sheer volume of other pieces around it. It became boring, pointless, emotionless, saturated.

Through The Looking Glass: Four Trends For 2017

Lucie Kaye | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucie Kaye

or my trend predictions I have looked, listened and joined the dots between what my colleagues at Eulogy are talking about, influencers are sharing on their channels and most importantly asked my friends outside the comms industry what they are getting excited about too. With that information, I've created my 2017 trends predictions. Let's catch up in a year and see if I was right.

Girl Finds Unique Way To Make Her Dad Feel Better In Hospital

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents

Children really do have their own special ways of conveying their feelings. One father, who is currently in hospital with pancreatitis, shared a pictu...

14 Ideas If Your Kid Really Loves Dinosaurs

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Parents

Is your child obsessed with all things dinosaur? Talking T-Rex and dreaming Deinonychus 24/7? These Pinterest ideas are great for parents who want to ...

12 Olympic Inspired Pinterest Crafts And Bakes For Kids

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Parents

The Olympics are the perfect time to get your children inspired by sport, get them out in the garden and enjoying the fresh air. Unfortunately, livin...

How To Make A Pop-Up Easter Chick Card

Parentdish UK | Anna Ranson | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Parents

Children love making crafts during the school holidays, and this one is simple yet adorable. Make a gorgeous pop-up chick card - as you open the ca...

7 Mother's Day Craft Ideas For Kids To Give Their Mums

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents

Mother's Day gifts from young children are so much more appreciated if they have that personal touch. Before kids grow up and have the funds to buy...

Why McDonald's Just Can't Win Over the Millennial Market

Claudia Canavan | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Canavan

Those times are a heady memory for big business. For a generation hell bent on drinking craft beer, home grinding their ethically sourced Ethiopian coffee beans and defining ourselves according to diet (Paleo/ gluten-free/vegan/whatever) corporations are scorned in favour of start-ups with stories.

Why We Should All Give Upcycling a Chance

Kadie Regan | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

Upcycling: the latest ephemeral trend or a way of life? I think it could just be the latter. With more and more of us beginning to care about the mark we leave on this planet, upcycling is a perfect place to start.

(#1) 50 Mistakes of the Fledgling Fiction Writer. Ian M Pindar.

Ian M Pindar | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ian M Pindar

I gave up my well-paid job to become a full time writer. This is the bloginations of my emotional, psychological, creative, angst ridden and time-consuming toil on my 'journey' to hold a finished novel in my hand, and gaze out from the top of Maslow's pyramid.

Life-Long Learning

Juliet Bernard | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Bernard

One of the greatest joys of being a knitter is passing on your skills to other people, although I have to admit it took me nearly 40 years before I felt I had enough skills to teach anyone else.

Making a Manifesto

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Important in and of itself, a craft education isn't just about creating beautiful objects. It has a vital role to play in wider industry, helps with problem-solving (as Matthew Crawford illustrated in his best-seller The Case for Working with Your Hands), and contributes to general cognitive development.

Playing on the World's Stage

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

At the Crafts Council we believe that it's absolutely vital that we not only have a strong relationship with the craft organisations of other nations but that we also make sure we're exporting the products, skills and ideas of the best of the UK's makers to new places, opening up new opportunities and showing the world quite how good we are at making things.

The Best MA Talent in One Place

Sheila McGregor | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sheila McGregor

For many people these days a 'masters' is the automatic next step after a three-year undergraduate degree. It deepens the knowledge gained during a first course of study and, in theory, sets you up with everything you need to know for working life after higher education.


Tom Harvey | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

As a country, our creativity is our strongest card. Witness the number of contracts and awards we win around the world, our architecture, film, television, theatre, fine art, games, music and advertising punches far above its weight, we are a tiny island, but a huge creative force.

Jane Austen's Ring 'Saved' But Shouldn't Jewellery Be Worn and Not Kept in a Museum?

Jessica Rose | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Rose

The announcement today that the iconic gold and turquoise ring that belonged to Jane Austin has been 'saved' from leaving the country on the hand of American pop star Kelly Clarkson, is, I believe, a bit of a mixed bag.

Breaking New Boundaries

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

One idea that I believe to be crucial is the sense of craft as a dynamic, contemporary area of practice. I believe that it can still too often be perceived as something that remains rooted in the 19th century, whereas making is constantly in flux, moving with the times while retaining skill and acute knowledge of materials at its heart.

History in the Making

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

We know how much materials matter to us: as Mark Miodownik points out in his new book Stuff Matters we name the stages of civilisation after them - the Stone Age, the Iron Age, and so on. So what can makers in the digital era glean from the Bronze Age?

Extending Craft's Horizons

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

On the surface, a high-end art fair held in Dubai and a digital conference in Bristol might not seem to have very much in common. But both act as important indicators of the Craft Council's direction, suggesting where contemporary making could go in the future, as well as where objects created in the UK might be sold.

Body Hacking: Arrival of the Grinders

Leo Kent | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Tech
Leo Kent

The rise of the Maker Movement has shown that people are hacking the physical, as well as the virtual, world. But why stop at hacking objects?

Why Reyner Banham Was Right

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 29.10.2012 | Home
Rosy Greenlees

The brilliant scholar and critic Reyner Banham was best known for his treatises on architecture, where he would compare ice cream vans with mediaeval cathedrals and explain the importance of bike sheds. However, he was originally trained as an aero engineer and it was this background of actually making stuff that he drew on when in 1973 he delivered a lecture entitled Sparks from a Plastic Anvil: The Craftsman in Technology.

A Potted History of Importance

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home
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Rosy Greenlees

In 1774, the first Josiah Wedgwood wrote: 'I have often wish'd I had saved a single specimen of all the new articles I have made, and would now give 20 times the original value for such a collection. For 10 years past I have omitted doing this, because I did not begin it ten years sooner. I am now, from thinking, and talking a little more upon this subject... resolv'd to make a beginning.'

Craft in an Age of Change

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 12.05.2012 | Home
Rosy Greenlees

We live in an era of flux. Technology is changing the way we work and consume, opening up new markets and transforming the manner in which traditional industries - music, newspapers, book publishing - go about their business.

Crafting Capital

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 11.03.2012 | Home
Rosy Greenlees

The nitty-gritty policy work that the Crafts Council does on behalf of the craft sector is not perhaps as glamorous as high profile exhibitions like the recent Power of Making at the V&A (their second most popular exhibition in the last ten years). However - it plays a vital role in how craft is perceived across government.

Spook-ermodel: Hallowe'en Fan Heidi Klum Does A Spot Of Pumpkin Carving | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Style

Earth's unofficial representative for Hallowe'en and supermodel (in that order), Heidi Klum, is renowned for her 31 October enthusiasm. At this time o...