The V&A exhibition, ‘Power of Making,’ launched in September. As a joint venture with the Crafts Council, it presents an eclectic selection of crafted objects, ranging from a life-size crocheted bear to a ceramic eye patch, a fine metal flute to dry stone walling. It describes itself as a “cabinet of curiosities,” showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world.
Craft seems to be everywhere, from kitchen table Etsy sellers to the plethora of classes and clubs to attend. They even have a social twist – the Make Lounge (themakelounge.com) hosts hen nights, and Drink, Shop, Do (drinkshopdo.com) runs a bar and gallery alongside classes. There is even a website dedicated to celebrating DIY, handmade weddings (rocknrollbride.com)