Often folk picture heritage and traditional crafts as being backward looking, and having nothing to say today. Whilst the modern art of the craft spectrum is seen as "innovative" and "cutting edge". This is a misunderstanding, today in times of global financial adversity people tend to reassess their priorities and question what good work and a good life means, what is of value and what is not. The traditional crafts have always been closely linked with the politics of work, from William Morris to Eric Gill to Mahatma Gandhi craft, work, philosophy, politics all together.
is still relevant today and far from being backward looking the
Heritage Crafts Association are at the cutting edge of debate about what
is good work today. Music sometimes also carries political messages and
one of my favourite young punk bands are the King Blues. This is their
new video shot on a very cold day last spring and you might notice a
clip of me in the workshop.
was quite an eye opener being part of the video, we had an afternoon in
the workshop them most of the day starting at 8am in Manchester and it
This quick clip taken on my pocket camera gives an idea of how it was made.
and a few stills