HCA appoints Executive Director

Julie CrawshawThe HCA is delighted to have appointed Julie Crawshaw as its new Executive Director to lead the organisation into the future. Julie, who will be working three days a week, is the first person to hold this post as the Association continues to grow from a small volunteer-led advocacy group to a more sustainable and better resourced charitable organisation. As well as managing the three part-time staff members and various ongoing projects, Julie is tasked with implementing a new strategic plan and ensuring the organisation achieves continued financial sustainability despite not currently being in receipt of any public funding.

Julie has an engineering background, and most recently has worked as Major Projects Manager at the Birmingham Museums Trust, managing the refurbishment of the Museum and Art Gallery and creating a new museum store. Julie grows willow for fedging and weaving, and also does textile craft. She will be guided in her work by the HCA’s dedicated Chair and Board of Trustees and supported by the existing part-time staff members Lisa, Sally and Mary. We look forward to the HCA growing even further under her leadership for the benefit of the whole heritage crafts sector.

Making is Good for You – The Heritage Crafts Association Conference 2019

Making is Good for You – The Heritage Crafts Association Conference 2019

When: Saturday 9 March 2019, 10am registration to 4.45pm
Where: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY

When the Health Secretary starts to recommend ‘prescriptions’ for art and craft sessions instead of pills, you realise that at last other people are waking up to the value of making. Those of us involved in making know how it can calm the mind, give a focus, and cut out the rest of the world if only for an hour or two.

If you haven’t had that experience then come to our conference to find out exactly how making is good for you. We have a great line-up of speakers, with craftspeople in the afternoon talking about their craft and how it keeps them well. As well as this we recognise and award excellence in the afternoon with the presentation of the Heritage Craft Awards.

Programme

  • Jay Blades, BBC2 The Repair ShopGood Making is Passed On
  • Celia Pym, Woman’s Hour Craft Prize finalist – Damage and Repair
  • Mike Jenn, Men’s ShedsMaking Good and Good Making
  • Daniel Carpenter, Research Manager – Red List of Endangered Crafts
  • Mary Lewis, Endangered Crafts Officer – Supporting Endangered Crafts
  • Celebration of ExcellenceNational Honours and Heritage Crafts Awards
  • Katy Bevan, aka The Crafter
  • Rachael Matthews, author of The Mindfulness in Knitting
  • Will Beharrell, Turquoise Mountain
  • EJ Osborne, Money for Nothing, Hatchet and Bear
  • Gilding the Gingerbread, HCA-led project funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, presented by Ellie Birkhead
  • The Chair Maker, film about Lawrence Neal making rush-seated, ladder-backed chairs, followed by questions with Lawrence Neal with his apprentices Sam Cooper and Richard Platt

Tickets cost £25 for HCA members and £30 for non-members and include tea and coffee during registration (lunch is not included). A special discounted ‘bring a friend’ rate of £50 is also available to members.

 

HCA teams up with AirBnB Experiences

We have linked up with AirBnB Experiences, to offer a range of heritage crafts experiences from tassel making to building your own cart wheel. The Experience workshops will be led by craftspeople from the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts, and guests will be able to learn about these crafts and the skills that are required. The following workshops will be the first to be hosted:

Hadi Moussa, AirBnB General Manager for Northern Europe said:

We’re delighted to work together with the HCA and enable craftspeople to offer these unique workshops through our platform, connecting travellers and locals to authentic historical crafts. We’ve seen a growing appetite for Arts & Crafts Experiences on our site, with an increase of 180% in bookings to this category of Experiences in 2018, making it a powerful platform to raise awareness about teh crafts in danger of dying out.

Gilding the Gingerbread

Gilding the Gingerbread

View the film trailer

Two fortunate trainees, Ellen Wood and Tony Hassett, learned the traditional craft skills of gilding on the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich on 6th and 7th August.

Master craftswoman Rachael Linton demonstrated the skills and explained the processes and techniques. Tony and Ellen were able to gild individual letters and some of the ‘Gingerbread’ of the Cutty Sark under Rachael’s supervision. The project was very kindly funded by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

Rachael was being employed to do the gilding by Campbell Smith & Co., a historic repair and restoration company which is undertaking repairs to the ‘Gingerbread’: repairing and remaking some of the carvings and then finishing them with gold leaf (gilding).

Here Rachael is showing how to gild the letters:

Ellen tries it herself:

And now Tony:

The letters before being cleaned up:

Then on to the ‘Gingerbread’:

Some of the decorative items had been removed for ease of gilding. Here the backing sheet is being removed from the gold leaf:

Ellen applies the adhesive:

Tony helps to finish the gilding:

The completed gilding; note the soft brush to remove the excess gold leaf:

And all this was filmed by Bruno Sorrentino for the Heritage Crafts Association’s DVD on Gilding.

The Heritage Crafts Association is most grateful not only to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths for their generosity, but also to Rachael Linton for passing on the skills, Campbell Smith & Co, Cutty Sark Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, Ellie Birkhead the project manager, Bruno Sorrentino the filmer and maker of the DVD and the HCA’s own Laura Southall, Projects Trustee.

Photographs: Ellie Birkhead