The Select brochure is out now and very beautiful it looks too. As always, the Festival offers a feast of visual delights and an exciting programme of stimulating discussions and debate, and from now until May 31st I will be endeavoring to keep you all up to date with the latest news and events. www.sitselect.org
First up is our exhibition, Designing Craft Making for Pleasure which opens at the Wilson Museum on April 4th. (www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk) The exhibition places iconic contemporary objects by leading makers including Philippa Brock, Michael Eden, Ercol, Peter Layton and Cleo Mussi amid the Wilson’s permanent Arts and Crafts collection in order to question the historic distinctions between craft and design. Everything on show has been chosen for the quality of the making and the beauty of the finished object. Some pieces have been hand made using traditional techniques, while others are the result of the latest technological processes. The result is a collection of pleasing objects that challenge traditional ideas of the term craft. Unmissable.
To complement the exhibition, SIT has put together a day of talks on April 5th. The line up is impressive: writers and historians Charlotte and Peter Fiells will discuss their latest book, The Story of Design which charts the fascinating evolution of design; textile designer Ptolemy Mann, Clive Reeve of Oasis Stores and ceramicist Peter Ting will address the issue of commercial collaborations and radical knitter Freddie Robins will discuss the importance of making with ceramicist Peter Ting. You can come for the day (tickets £25, concessions £20) or a single event but we recommend you book now.