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Crafts issue 285: The memory issue

Remembering through making

Crafts magazine’s November/December issue explores the role of making and materials in acts of recollection. We look at how the world’s biggest community craft project – the AIDS Memorial Quilt – offers a model for commemorating love and loss today, consider how artists are using craft and materials to rethink the role of public monuments and meet material alchemist Marcin Rusak who freezes nature and memories in time within his seductive furniture designs.

Elsewhere, we examine the rise of repair culture in the fashion world and how mending can add many layers of meaning to what we wear. Researcher Cathy Treadaway looks at how textiles can trigger recollections in people suffering from dementia, and artist and restorer Bouke de Vries talks about creating new stories out of ceramic fragments from the past. Plus, we bring you an ethical guide to Christmas gifting, and ask makers to reveal their wish lists.

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