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May 4, 2015 By Andy Ross

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The rise and rise of crafts

A link on the most recent Crafts Council e-newsletter points the way to the Guardian newspaper where an interesting article tells about the rise of crafts. Did you know that there are over 11 and a half thousand crafts businesses in the UK employing 43000 people? 

As people use more and more social media and life becomes more virtual, we are turning to craft, reigniting the joy of making something of our own. Yet this rise in the numbers of people making is not matched in the education sector. There are 25% fewer GCSE's being taken now than five years ago and there are 46% courses in higher education. So what is making up the numbers? It seems likely that more people are turning to craft as a second career, but what of five year's time? Ten years? Where will our craftmakers come from? 

One of the comments on the website makes the point that craft is important for children and young people because it aids development and supports creativity. It would be disastrous if craft was allowed to disappear from the education in the UK, don't you think? Have a read of the article and let us know...