The Radcliffe Red List of crafts in jeopardy in the UK

chairmaking-4Members will be aware that we recently started work on the Radcliffe Red List, an initiative to identify endangered crafts in the UK, supported by the Radcliffe Trust. We have just launched a simplified version of the wiki website as a survey. There are only 10 short questions to complete about your craft and your responses are vital for helping us build a picture. Do please take a look!

Shoemaker and paper marbler win awards

Lucy McGrath's marblingThe Cockpit Arts/NADFAS/HCA Award provides a year’s free workshop space at Cockpit Arts, as well as dedicated business support and training, to a craftsperson whose work contributes to the continuation of heritage craft skills.

This year the award has gone to Lucy McGrath, who designs and makes beautifully-crafted products based around traditional paper marbling. Due to the quality of the entrants this year, a second award, sponsored by NADFAS’s Greater London Area, was awarded to Mariano Crespo, a shoemaker who trained as an apprentice at the world famous Lobb’s, who is currently producing bespoke shoes and boots to commission but now wishes to start his own business.

New trustee welcomed

Joanna DunnThe HCA is pleased to welcome Joanna Dunn onto the board of trustees.

Joanna is Marketing Manager for a Charity Investment firm in London and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Her specialities include marketing strategy, social media, events, brand management, CRM and web design. Joanna has a degree in product design and interests in ceramics and Japanese crafts and has spent time teaching English in Japan.