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EXHIBITION : March 20, 2009 — May 2, 2009.

UK Craft Mafia

20th March 2009 – 2nd May 2009
In an age of ready-made entertainment and disposable fashion, craft DIYers are rediscovering the joys of grannys knitting patterns and dusting off their crochet hooks. This social and business network that originated in the U.S. has infiltrated our shores with an enthusiasm for open source inspiration, combining a nostalgic appreciation for the hand-made with a passion for technology and contemporary references.

UK Craft Mafias celebrates the rise of online Craft Mafias in the UK, showcasing the best of
members work from Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow, and Sheffield. The Mafiosis output ranges from cutesy to controversial, revealing the wealth of talent brought together through this web-based network. Deploying techniques passed down through family members and friends, many Mafiosi are self-taught craft afficionados.

Craft Mafias utilise blogs and social networking sites to spread their craft mission, selling their work through sites such as Etsy and Folksy as well as craft fairs.

Exhibitors in our exhibition include:

Madness of Many
robots and guilt-free taxidermy

Molly’s Mum
badges, cosies, bags

Miso Funky
samplers, tea towels

Emma Fozard
head pieces

Kate Broughton
animal brooches

Debbie Greenaway
badges, robotingtons

Guerilla Embroidery

Ophelia Button
button pictures and jewellery

Asking for Trouble
purses, badges, brooches, bags

Helen Musselwhite
paper cut-outs

tea towels, cosies, bags

Ildiko Szabo
freeform crochet

This exhibition is part of UK:DIY – the first UK project to explore the resurgence of craft skills being adopted by an on-line generation. Check out the blog for information on activities taking place in all UK: DIY participating venues, which are Manchester Craft &Design Centre, Turnpike Gallery in Leigh, Touchstones Rochdale and the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.

Click here to find out how you can get involved in this exciting project

We currently host bi-monthly Lo Fi evenings presented by Manchester Craft Mafia. This is always a great opportunity for networking and making things with fellow crafting Mancunians. Come along to share ideas and skills and have a bite to eat in Caf Aromat, all for just 3.50 the perfect after work wind-down! The next Lo Fi is Tuesday 7th April. Email nico for more information.

We are extremely grateful to Habitat and GODS & other animals for the kind loan of furniture and props in the exhibition.

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