1. A three screen film installation for the Power Of Making exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A collaboration between the V&A and the Crafts Council, the exhibition presented 100 crafted objects in a cabinet of curiosities that explored traditional and time-honoured ways of making, as well as innovations taking place around the world. From 6 September 2011 to 2 January 2012, with 320,000 visitors made Power of Making the most visited free exhibition ever staged at the V&A.


    Director / Camera: Juriaan Booij
    Client: Victoria and Albert Museum / Crafts Council
    Commissioning Editor: Daniel Charny
    Editor: Mark Whelan
    Sound Design / Music: Filipe Sousa
    Camera Assistant: Tania Freimuth
    Sound Recordists: Matthew Hansell and Stephen Partington
    With thanks to Priya Sundram

    With special thanks to

    Coventry Prototype Panels
    Eleanor Pritchard Woven Textile Design
    Ndidi Ekubia Silversmith
    Sebastian Tarek Bespoke Shoes
    David Carpenter, Moorfields Eye Hospital
    Industrial Facility Design Studio
    Mattiazzi SpA. Furniture Manufacturers
    Watson Bros. Gun & Rifle Manufacturers
    Stewart Hearn, London Glassworks
    WAH Nail Art
    Nigel Semmens Surfboards
    Ron Arad Design Studio

    Format: HD / 16:9
    Commissioned for Power of Making


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  2. What do words like "craft" and "skill" mean in 2011? That is one of the questions that the exhibition ‘Power of Making’ seeks to answer. This film delves into the working lives of four makers: shoe designer Marloes ten Bhömer, crochetdermist Shauna Richardson, artist, curator and glass designer Matt Durran and flute-maker Stephen Wessel. It uncovers processes of thought and making that are as fascinating, complex and contemporary as the exhibition itself.

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  3. Sugar Sculpture by Jacquy Pfeiffer of The French Pastry School. Created in the V&A kitchen for the exhibition Power of Making, September 2011.

    This exhibit is dear to my heart because it’s exactly what I’m about. I see something done in a medium that has nothing to do with chocolate or sugar or bread and I find a way to make it work, do you see? So it’s very, very fascinating to be able to duplicate things and that’s why this exhibit is so great because when you look a little bit at how things are done and why they are done a certain way, like - oh, my God, I never thought of that! Right? What we do in pastry is all about craft. It’s all about using our hands and using elements and putting them together.

    We cast hot sugar in here, let it cool a little bit and then I’m going to lay this guy on there to make kind of like … not a smoked glass, but an etched glass technique. And then after that I’m going to put it on here to bend it.

    Dale Chihuly is definitely an inspiration, but it’s also a glass blower, Lino Tagliapietra, who’s an Italian master who is just out of this world, out of this world. I did three years of glass blowing and we did a lot of new techniques because of that. I’m going to show you one in a box, if we can go in a box here …

    This is a technique that is completely inspired from glass blowing. In glass blowing we learn to make a technique like this, putting bubbles in a sphere using a mould, a wooden mould, a pineapple mould it’s called. So I just racked my brains – it took me three months to figure out how to make it, but here it is. You see this is a sphere that then has pieces added on there, you see. And then it looks like the final product. It’s one piece, but other pieces attached to it.

    I intend on being here for at least six hours straight, hopefully. So hopefully I’m finished at midnight, but otherwise I’ll just continue working until it’s done, you know.

    The problem with pastry chefs is we’re not trained as artists. No pastry chef ever goes to art school and they actually should. But I think that my sense of colours and shapes has evolved a lot because I’ve been doing this pulled sugar thing for 36 years now, so I’ve got to get better at it, right? Running out of time, right, you know?

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  4. Branca, something of how they are made.

    Branca is inspired by wooden branches that turn, twist, meet and branch off.
    The result is comfort to the eye, to the body and to the hand.

    Design: Sam Hecht / Industrial Facility, 2010 - industrialfacility.co.uk
    Manufacturer: Mattiazzi SpA - mattiazzi.eu
    Commissioning Editor: Daniel Charny
    Directed / Camera / Edit: Juriaan Booij - juriaanbooij.com

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  5. I photographed Shauna at her studio on the outskirts of Leicester. The studio is in a very ordinary business park. However, as you will see, what goes on inside is completely extraordinary. The photography was to record the finalists for the Balvenie Masters of Craft competition which highlights the leading crafts people in the UK.

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Power of Making

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Films related to the Power of Making exhibition curated by Daniel Charny for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Crafts Council September 2011 to January 2012. With over 320,000 visitors Power of Making is the most visited free exhibition ever staged at…

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