Crafted is a new scheme pairing a range of craft makers with the best in luxury brands, launched in November 2009.
The twelve partnerships include world renowned designer Bill Amberg who will be working with textile artist Ptolemy Mann, whilst contemporary silversmith Ndidi Ekubia will be working with established silversmith Grant Macdonald. Now in its fourth month, the mentoring relationships are well underway, supported by an Advice Bank of specialists in areas such as intellectual property rights, e-commerce and international growth and trade, and a six-month programme of workshops, generously hosted by Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street.
Crafted has been developed by Walpole and Arts & Business to enable makers to develop their business skills whilst at the same time connecting luxury businesses with a new generation of skilled craftsmen.
The twelve selected makers cover a range of mediums from jewellery, silver and ceramics to millinery and furniture and were selected from recommendations by The Crafts Council, Cockpit Arts and Design Nation. The chosen makers encompass both emerging and established talent. For more information on the Crafted participants please go to crafteduk.org