Since words like craftsmanship, tradition, handmade and skill are thrown around a lot in this day and age, the Victoria and Albert Museum decided to investigate what all of this actually means. The exhibition ‘Power of Making’ is presenting a selection of more than 100 crafted objects by amateurs and leading makers alike. Ranging from a life-size crochet bear to a ceramic eye patch, a fine metal flute to dry stone walling, all of these present a snapshot of making in our time.
This film that I came across below delves into the working lives of four makers: shoe designer Marloes ten Bhömer, crochetdermist Shauna Richardson, artist, curator and glass designer Matt Durran and flute-maker Stephen Wessel. They talk about the processes in which they go through and how they got to where they are today, producing and making for a living. It’s quite fascinating to hear them talk about the work that they do and how it empowers their lives. In my opinion making means we can solve problems, we can express our own ideas and shape our world into what we want it to be. This is what’s truly important.
The exhibition runs from the 6th of September up to the early part of 2012, so you’ve got a nice amount of time to see this if you’re ever near London. If not this film is sure to give you an idea of the showing and is a great piece on it’s own. Watch on below.