Making Culture

Artisans and crafters have been #craftingheritage by shaping and remaking culture through the ages, passing down legacies of skill, knowledge and manufacture.

Crafty GIFs

Celebrate artisan heritage with these crafty GIFs from the 2022 GIF IT UP competition!

Artisans and their workshops

Open the door to an artisan's private workshop and marvel at their skill, knowledge and expert craftsmanship.

Join expert jewelry craftsman Mario Nokaj to see how he creates stunning pieces of jewelry step by step.

Jackek Kaminski, a Polish present-day shoe artisan, stand in a grey suit among shelves on either side and above him, all filled with brown wooden shoe molds.
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Step into the workshop of a master shoe craftsman

a black and white photograph of a man sitting behind a loom-like device that has multiple threads coming down into the spine of a book. The man is in the process of threading a new page through the threads to add to the book.

Whether it's for letterpress binding or stationery binding, bookbinding is a fascinating process.

a large church bell with intricate carvings sits on a white background

In the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, there is a collection of 40 church bells saved in WWI from being melted down.

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The craft of jewellery-making in Byzantium

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A chat with the basket maker Nicola Solimano

a photograph of a wooden bas-relief on a wall of an old Cuban woman with a cigar in her mouth, wearing a head scarf and a colourful collared shirt.
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An interview with Maïté Mazel

an arm is outstretched towards the sky with a closed fist, holding an explosion of blown glass streaked with red. The glass spiders out and clutches several stones in an array around the fist.
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Julie Legrand's glass craft

between craftsmanship and augmented reality

Crafting fashion

Knitting, sewing, embroidering, designing... Creating clothing and fashion is a world of tradition and intergenerational artisanship.

Teaching the archaeology of weaving in Greece

a woman dressed in a pink top and ochre-coloured apron carries an unfired clay sculpture to a workbench in a quaint workshop, light filtering in through windows on the left.
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an interview with critic and curator Filep Motwary on craft and fashion

Comb in the form of two dragonflies
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Explore the relationship between fashion, nature and craft

What is a Kilim, what it represented and what does it stand for now?

Ioanna Papantoniou talks about weaving the #plafi, a tradition whose cultural significance extends even beyond Greece

Brankica Zilovic is wearing sneakers, black socks, wide white pants and a teal sweater and lounges casually in a chair. Behind her on the wall is an artwork made by her made up of multicoloured threads woven together into patterns.
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In conversation with contemporary artist and professor Brankica Zilovic

a person pulling a piece of fabric off of a roller in a velvet factory
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Where craft means tradition, modernity and passion

Beaded art from the Cameroon Grasslands

a painting of a woman wearing a white bonnet sitting next to a window, a large lace pin cushion in front of her.
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Follow the evolution of lace craft, from myth to machine

a strip of lace

Tools and hands work together to braid and twist lengths of threads and create complex and beautiful motifs

a piece of needle lace in an oval shape showing a woman in long dress holding a parrot on her hand.

Skilled hands can create graceful designs using just one thread. A remarkable technique admired over centuries

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Symbol of patriarchy, or totem of female creativity?

Analogue film and radio

Discover the distinct craft of analogue photography, the early history of radio, and the birth of videography

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On air and on the move: radio stories

Explore how camera operators have the freedom and often the task to take their equipment outdoors.

Analogue Photography: : the iconic world of magazines and the work of Dana Lixenberg