A craft is an art or occupation that requires a special, often manual, skill. In 2011, the V&A in collaboration with the Craft Council hosted the exhibition ‘Power of Making’.
Power of Making
The V&A and Crafts Council celebrate the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects, ranging from a life-size crochet bear to a ceramic eye patch, a fine metal flute to dry stone walling. Power of Making is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world to present a snapshot of making in our time.
Interview with Shelly Goldsmith, Textiles Artist
Locating herself on the cusp of craft and fine artist, Shelly Goldsmith primarily works with textiles in her work. Goldsmith is also interested in the craft of weaving, especially woven tapestry, and stitch related to clothing. She has used materials as far-ranging as silk, wool, glass and coal.
Interview with Paddy Killer, Textile Artist & Embroidery Designer
After graduating in Textiles from Birmingham Polytechnic, Paddy worked as embroidery designer in haute-couture in London and Montreal. She set up her own studio in 1973, taking public and private commissions, exhibiting, teaching and lecturing internationally. She has been an exhibiting member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists since 1985.
Interview with Sophie Roet, Woven Textile Designer & Innovator of Luxury Fabric
Sophie Roet is one of Europe's foremost creative woven textile designers and innovators of luxury fabrics. Her original textile pieces are held in collections worldwide including the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Berlin Technik Museum and the Textile Arts Gallery in New Mexico.
Arts & Crafts
The Arts and Crafts Movement began in Britain around 1880 and quickly spread to America, Europe and Japan. Inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin and William Morris, it advocated a revival of traditional handicrafts, a return to a simpler way of life and an improvement in the design of ordinary domestic objects. In 2005, the V&A hosted the exhibition 'International Arts and Crafts'.