Opening today at the V&A is a new exhibition 'The Power of Making', a collection of 100 crafted objects - some professional, some amateur.
Crochetdermy bear - Scary/Cute?
In the exhibition blurb is something very apt for those of us learning as we go "at every stage in the learning process, a maker’s relationship to materials and tools changes dramatically. What may at first have been frustrating becomes pleasurable... Advanced skills may take a long time to learn, but the feeling of being ‘in the zone’ can be experienced by anyone – from a four-year-old to a master artisan".
Not sure I'm in the zone yet, but I am now so much more comfortable with my sewing machine than I was just a few months ago (unfamiliar machines still strike terror into my heart).
The exhibition also contains some truly inspirational and subversive cross-stitch, created by POWs in the Second World War. There was a full article in Saturdays Guardian about it all thats worth a read.
The exhibition runs until January.