UK Crafts

The Support I Get So That I Can Work Might Be Taken Away

Julie Fernandez | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julie Fernandez

I'm disabled, I work six days a week running my own craft business, and I employ 11 people. I also have a successful media career. I'm only able to do all of this because I get support under the government's Access to Work scheme - but I'm totally stressed out at the moment because it's under review and I've been told that it might be taken away.

Help! Loom Bands Have Taken Over the World

Carina Maggar | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carina Maggar

Tiny neon-coloured rubber bands; 'looms' are a little girls' ultimate delight. Worn as bracelets, key rings, charms or necklaces they're available in a range of eye-watering neon colours and are like, totally accessible with your outfit of the day.

Going Rustic: A Guide to Painting Old Wooden Furniture

Vicky Dean | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Dean

Old furniture comes in two categories: a shabby old piece you fell in love with at a second hand store that just needs a little bit of love, or, more likely, a piece you got ages ago when you were broke and is now a horrible eyesore in your home.

The Importance of Place

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Making and provenance are inexorably linked - it might seem our economy is dominated by housing and banking, but manufacturing still retains the power to give a nation a sense of identity.

World Wide Knit in Public Day - Knook, Needles or Loom?

Juliet Bernard | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Bernard

WWKIP Day made me think about how people get in to knitting. I have been a knitter for more years than I care to admit but I would say that it is in the last 15 years that I have learned the most and I wouldn't be without my needles.

Bank Holiday Attractions for the Arts and Crafts Enthusiast

Vicky Dean | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Vicky Dean

Another bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us. If you are an arts and crafts enthusiast looking for inspirational activities with a creative bent then read on. Looking at William Morris, John Constable and Beatrix Potter we will tour the houses and landscapes that they lived in and loved.

As the World Cup Looms, Are Brazilians Doing Their Part to Change Their Country?

Angelica Mari | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Angelica Mari

If I am going to be a part of the change in Brazil then I want my own actions to help create jobs, spread some wealth around to those people who really need a bit more, and I'd love to help preserve some art and craft traditions in the process of doing all this.

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.

Decorate Your Own Easter Eggs

Sonia Waszkowiak | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonia Waszkowiak

We traditionally fill it in with a sampling of Easter food: eggs, bread, lamb, salt and pepper. After having it blessed in the church on Saturday, we share the food with the family on the Sunday breakfast. As long as I love and cherish this tradition, I'm not worried about losing my roots.

HuffPost Home Partners With HomeSense

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If your lunchtimes are spent reading interior design blogs, you adore shopping for homeware online, and have a Pinterest board devoted to your dream l...

Willow Weaving - An Ancient and Noble Craft

Juliet Bernard | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Bernard

The basket took us all day and it was quite hard work on the hands but the sense of achievement was huge. I'm not sure how many baskets I need but I definitely want some willow hurdles in my garden, something to support my sweet peas and edging for my log store, which I will enjoy doing.

How Knitting Could Benefit Your Health: Including Helping Depression, Memory Loss And Anxiety

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Not only does knitting allow us to make cute beanies and chunky jumpers, the pastime can have a beneficial affect on our health and help to tackle str...

A Classroom Culture Clash

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

If Britain is to protect its international reputation in the arts and creative industries and the sector is to flourish in the future then it's crucial that these subjects - of which crafts are a vital part - are taken seriously in our schools.

Hard Times and Thriving Design

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

The recent publication of Modern British Furniture: Design since 1945, Lesley Jackson's fascinating history of the British furniture industry, has reminded me of the adage that design thrives in times of recession.

Get Crafty At Christmas With Homemade Cards, Gifts And Wrapping

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Homemade gifts will always be treasured by recipients at Christmas. But who has time to spend hours labouring at the kitchen table? Here are a sele...

Weekend Shopping: Under the Fashion Microscope with DEGEN

Sarah McGiven | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

Whilst DEGEN's cheeky clothing and its luxe grunge leanings may not be for everyone, the artistry and style DNA that goes into each piece is unquestionably laudable. I love how the witty, playful spirit of her work is balanced by the effortless cool of the DEGEN models...

Made London: Contemporary Making in Britain Today

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

After a super successful inaugural year in 2012, MADE LONDON - The Design and Craft Fair, returns to One Marylebone, London, to once again present the very best in contemporary craft and design until this Sunday the 27th.

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.

Crafts and Fine Arts at Mayfair

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

When there is an obsession in labelling and differentiating among artists, media and Crafts and Fine Arts, it is very liberating to find a space that ...

Iconic Jewels Throughout Time

Amanda Walters | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Style
Amanda Walters

Jewellery can easily become iconic, there are certain pieces that jump to mind whenever we think of the most famous pieces of all time. Jewellery can be a reflection of power, fame, and wealth and celebrities, royalty and well known people use jewellery to showcase their status.

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.

How Those Little Personal Touches Can Make Your Wedding

Jess Shanahan | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Shanahan

When planning your wedding, you'll probably be thinking of ways to make it a truly unforgettable experience. Not just for you and your partner but also for all your guests. The best way to do this is with little personal touches that will make people stop and comment. This could be anything from a handmade veil to your own recipe for cupcakes.

Jessica Elgot

Can Knitting On Trees Stop Crime?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK

Knitting might be proven to help prevent stress, manage depression and lower blood pressure - but few realise it can also fight crime. Neighbourhoo...

Going Bacc to the Future

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rosy Greenlees

As the whole saga untangles, we are delighted that art and design will be retained in the National Curriculum, and that its importance both to the economy and as a tool to broaden pupils' grasp of the world around them has been recognised.

Making's World-Wide Appeal

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 14.01.2013 | Home
Rosy Greenlees

In many respects Chennai was an apposite spot to hold the World Crafts Council's International Summit. A city historically rich in making, it's also at the heart of India's burgeoning new economy, being the nation's second largest exporter of software, information technology and information-technology-enabled services.