THE CRAFT REVOLUTION
There’s a raft of cool craft happenings this month, from new books that encourage DIY carving to breathtaking art-glass displays. Here’s how you can get involved
BOOKS New title The Craft Companion (right, Thames & Hudson, £24.95) is a comprehensive compendium for budding makers. Its 400 pages list the requisite tools, profile key designer-makers and offer masterclasses in everything from felting and cross-stitch to gilding and marbling. Elsewhere, Max Bainbridge, co-founder of Forest & Found – winner in the Craft category at this year’s ELLE Decoration British Design Awards – has written The Urban Woodsman: A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons, Bowls and Boards (right, Kyle Books, £16.99), in which he extols woodcarving as a way of connecting with nature. FAIR ‘Handmade in Britain’ celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with a two-for-one offer on all advance tickets. Highlights include Kei Tominaga’s metalwork (‘Bud Dress’ vase, far right), Desa Philippi’s chalky white porcelain tableware (dinner set, right), and Mike Topham’s witty Alexander Calder-esque ‘wire illustrations’ ( Mine, bottom right). 11–13 November, Chelsea Old Town Hall ( handmadeinbritain.co.uk). OPEN STUDIO Bow Arts, the philanthropic body that runs eight shared live-work spaces across east London, has opened a new venue in a Grade Ii-listed former library (top). The building has been converted by architecture firm Apparata. Working with Create London and Newham Council, artists run workshops and occasional open studios in exchange for their workspace (oldmanorparklibrary.org). EXHIBITION On the edge of the North Yorkshire moors, in the picturesque market town of Kirbymoorside, sits Bils and Rye, a small but perfectly formed modern art gallery. This month, it is hosting an ‘Emerging Potters’ exhibition of work by little-known British artists. Our top picks include Judy Mckenzie (top right) and Anne-marie Jacobs (right). Until 31 October ( bilsandrye.com).