Crafts issue 291: November/December 2021

As our homes become our temples this winter, Crafts visits textile artist Billie Zangewa, whose silk collages draw on her own domestic environment and closest relationships to tell universal stories. Also in this issue, we explore Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramics legacy with artist Neil Brownsword, who is celebrating the city’s indigenous craft knowledge in a new exhibition.

Elsewhere, we spotlight craftspeople with fresh approaches to the environmental crisis – from designers creating objects and ideas that foster biodiversity to makers mining electronic waste for gold. Plus we meet a new wave of craft entrepreneurs who are balancing environmental and social values with profits.

Meanwhile, our critics revel in a futurist fantasy land in Italy, and artist Theaster Gates’ ode to clay in London. Finally, Crafts’ artist friends compile the ultimate Christmas wish list, and chef extraordinaire Prue Leith compares one maker’s weaving skills to the art of spinning noodles.

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