Plant fibres & textiles articles

Mar
26
2021
Sophie Paterson

Craft in a crisis: helping heritage crafts come back from the brink

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With a host of already endangered heritage crafts at even greater risk as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, what does the future hold and how can we play a part in helping heritage crafts survive and even thrive? Sophie Paterson explores. Read more …

May
3
2018
Ruby Taylor

Making a netted bag using looped cordage with Ruby Taylor

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Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares how to make a netted bag using looped cordage and explores the history of using natural fibres to produce wild cordage. Read more …

Dec
14
2017
Sue Blacker

The linen journey: locally-grown flax to yarn

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In a spin-off from The Wool Journey series of blog posts, The Natural Fibre Company shares The Linen Journey, in which Sonja Bargielowska explores flax’s journey from field to yarn. Read more …

Mar
12
2017
Jan Zalud

What we’re losing: the joy and satisfaction of crafting things by hand

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The video below shows various stages of the production and finish of a 1-metre tall puppet by Jan Zalud. Jan makes all sorts of things – crafted by hand from wood. Read more …

Jul
3
2016
Jessica Smulders-Cohen

How can we get our clothes from sustainable and non-corporate sources?

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This is an interview with Jessica Smulders-Cohen of Greater London Fibreshed, who are trying to build a network of small-scale clothes manufacturers using natural materials produced in the UK. Read more …

May
15
2015
Siraj Izhar

The future will be handmade? The prospects for craft skills in ‘developing’ countries

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The Future will be handmade? In the information age, the question has an absurd ring. But I ask after listening to Ashoke Chatterjee at the Artisans House in Mumbai. As a long time President of the Crafts Council of India, Chatterjee tells us that ‘The Future will be handmade’. The question mark is mine.  Read more …

Apr
26
2013
Dave Darby

Craft skills are too important to lose

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How many people do you know these days whose work involves traditional craft skills? For every craftsperson in the UK, there must be a couple of thousand working in telesales. Read more …

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