The Crafts Council has begun a new initiative to 'make craft matter':
We know that 17% of the population takes part in a craft activity each year. Craft Matters is an initiative to show this support in a visually exciting way, to demonstrate the enthusiasm and passion contained in that 17% and to convey what craft means to millions of people. At the Crafts Council, we believe that craft plays a dynamic and vigorous role in the UK's social, economic, educational and cultural life, and that everyone should have the opportunity to make, see, collect and learn about why craft matters.
Here's what I wrote when asked 'why does craft matter to you?':
"Crafting and creating is part of who I am. It makes me, me. There is such thrill & achievement from making real a thought in your head, then finding that object gives pleasure to others. Each crafted item is unique and so much more special and valuable than mass-produced work. There's a real sense of belonging being part of the crafting & handmade community and perpetuating traditions."
If you want to join in, click here.