Power of Making

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'Alphabet', Dalton Ghetti in the V&A's 'Power of Making'
A collaboration between the V&A and the Crafts Council, this exhibition presents 100 crafted objects –by professionals and amateurs – in a cabinet of curiosities that explores traditional and time-honoured ways of making, as well as innovations taking place around the world. Exhibits include a life-size crochet bear, a ceramic eye patch, a metal flute, an example of Savile Row tailoring, a section of dry stone wall, handcrafted puppets from the 2009 film 'Fantastic Mr Fox', a lion-shaped Ghanaian coffin and new technologies such as 3D printing, and bio implants that aid surgical procedures.


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This exhibition calls itself The Power of Making. But it does nothing to explore actual process beyond a couple of inconsequential film montages which still don't do the business. It is a very traditional 'craft is art' take on 100 objects, several of them displayed recently elsewhere. This is curation for curators. And unlike a 1000 better exhibitions, you cannot even touch the art here despite the fact that it supposed to be about process. Everywhere are Do Not Touch signs - did no-one remember that we have moved on and nowadays the idea is to encourage touch where possible. But it is not possible here in this very unsatisfying show. Best thing is the list of process explanations on the inside of the free handout.


Quite a small room and got quite buzy on a tuesday morning but worth seeing., you wouldnt believe what they made some of them from.