Today the Craft Council launched Craft Matters, a campaign aiming to bring together those that cherish craft and to celebrate the UKs position as a leading centre of contemporary craft. So far, over 6000 people have signed up to show their support for the campaign. WeMakeWebsites worked with the Crafts Council to build an interactive website that displays the results of the survey and allows visitors to post their own thoughts on why craft matters to them.
The launch was today at The House Of Lords and was hosted by Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey. Prominent members of the craft community were present and there was a good reaction to the website. The Baroness spoke of the importance of Craft in her own life, as well as to the UK as a whole. Joanna Foster, Chair of the Crafts Council, shared similar sentiments and used examples from her own life to highlight the personal impact of handmade items in a world of mass produced alternatives. The final speech was by Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of the Crafts Council, who explained some of the activities of the organisation, including its involvement with maintaining craft as part of the National Curriculum.
I’ll be writing a bit more about the campaign and our involvement with it in the next few days. Until then, you can check out the live site at http://www.craftmatters.org.uk.
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This post was by Alex, project coordinator at WeMakeWebsites. We are e-commerce and Drupal experts based in Clerkenwell, London.