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Digital Subscriptions > Newsweek International > 13th May 2016 > CRAFT CHEER


Often maligned as not-quite-art and not-really-luxury, the work of craftsmen and women is finding new champions


CRAFT IS A WORD that comes freighted with cultural baggage—it conjures up shiver- inducing images of wickerwork, pottery and sandals. It also has the whiff of the crank about it—a lingering sense of the utopianism of William Morris and Kelmscott Manor and a romantic reaction against the industrialization of the modern age. London Craft Week, which was set up in 2015 by Guy Salter of the British luxury trade organization Walpole and is running this year from May 3 to 7, is changing all that by highlighting a place for craft—its creation and consumption—in the contemporary world. (Walpole’s partners in the venture are the Crafts Council, the mayor of London and the Heritage Crafts Association.)

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