OnView Online: Crafts Council

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.

See the galleries here and more information on Malcolm Garrett here

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About London Printworks Trust

London Printworks Trust is the centre of excellence for textile print. Our passion has continued for twenty years since establishing ourselves as a charity to encourage professional artists, designers and emerging talent to learn, to share ideas, to produce new work and to fulfil their creative potential. Through our specialist hand printing equipment and workshop facilities we support and nurture creativity in people from the local community of Brixton, and across London. We are developing a new programme of residency places, courses, talks and new open access in response to the changes to funding. We appreciate and thank the support from our Board, Volunteers and Freelancers, without whom we would not have survived the changes to our funding. Continued support from The Leverhulme Trust and Lambeth also helps us to make a difference.
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