Sunday, 27 November 2011


The Power of Making is a V&A and Crafts Council exhibition 6th September - 12th January 2012. Both organizations have worked together to increase the awareness by challenging preconceived ideas around craft. Craft is an on-going multi-cultural pursuit. Hand made objects are special because they are unique. They have been manipulated by the human hand and connect us to our cultural past. Recently craft has gained popularity and people find ways to congregate socially and make together. We have a knitter natter group at university where we meet up each week to knit and have a chat.

Knitted 'Aran Rug' by Christien Meindertsma, 2011. A giant knit piece.

Wooden Textile by Elisa Strozyk, 2011; laser cut pieces.  

Veneered Objects by Gareth Neal, 2010

 The range of objects in The Power of Making define genuine skill and inspire our everyday lives. The knowledge of material and the skills the maker acquires have an impact across many creative industries. The exhibition celebrates the nature of making and the human instinct to create. To make is one of the strongest human impulses and a way of expressing ourselves and defining personal taste. For some people making is critical for survival and for others it is a way of learning and developing a hobby. The experience of being engrossed in a creative activity is unique for everyone.

Haitian Vodou flag, Mirlande Constant

'Little Eagle Dancing' cast paper sculpture by Allen and Patty Eckman, 2011

Armadillo Shoes by Alexander Mcqueen, 2009

'Heart' Shirt, pattern cutting technique by Bronwen Marshall, 2011

'Godogan' table designed by Niels Van Eyk and Mirian Van der Lubbe for Droog, 2006. Made in Indonesia , the story of a frog that turned into a prince.

'Fabrican' spray on dress by Dr Manel Torres, 2010.

'QRU?' beaded dress and necklace inspired by African masks using beads and Swarovski crystals by Thorunn Arnadottir, 2011
 The Industrial Revolution shaped the world we live in today but since this, fewer people know how to make the objects they use. Making should be a part of our future. Arts are just as important as Maths, Science and English. Fortunately we are now at a time where people are beginning to care about where their cultural products such as food, furniture and clothing are coming from and who they are being made buy. The Power of Making encourages this and highlights the development of extraordinary methods of making, remarkable personal skills and devising inventive experiments. I found this exhibition exciting and impressive and it is admission free!

'Alphabet' by Dalton Ghetti.

'Sanomagic Mahogany bicycle' by Sueshiro Sano, 2010.

'Woolfiller' by Heleen Klopper, 2009-2011

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