Crafts Council OnView is a new online gallery dedicated to the exploration of contemporary craft. The space displays objects, engages new thinking and techniques and actively looks to encourage visitors to join in and converse.
The different ‘exhibitions’ of objects look closely at object and practice, such as the ‘Out of Print’ gallery selected by Graphic Designer Malcolm Garrett from the Crafts Council Collection. Through the beginning of research and thought on whether ‘the book’ is dead, he takes you through six shining examples of bookbinding and letterpress works which embrace the physicality of the book in unusual, unexpected or unique ways.
Such as the example pictured above, created by Faith Shannon which Malcolm feels demonstrates The notion of playing with time and space, introducing unreal or unusual characters, and the playful use of language and puzzles, as explored in Lewis Carroll’s books about Alice, seem to resonate well with designers who are looking to flout convention, and to exploit the freedom of yet-to-be-defined media spaces. It seems an ideal vehicle with which to suggest new reading paradigms for a new medium…
This is a wonderful group of work demonstrating inspiring and innovative thinking within craft. We’re very much looking forward to seeing future galleries to encourage our own practice.