Original post : 8 May 2013

E-Petition - give crafts a voice

I have been waiting for 7 days to hear if my e-petition to stop DCMS from removing craft from the list of creative industries had been accepted. Today I had the email to say it had been rejected - BOO.  But that was only because a wonderful person called Sian Astley has already put up a fine petition YAY!!.

Please make your views felt by joining us and signing up here http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49537  and let as many people as you can know about it.


Thanks for your comments John. Having just been round the Festival of Living Crafts I feel even more inspired to make the government think again. There was creativity in spades.... and willow baskets, and pots and paitings...
Comment by Juliet - 9 May 2013 17:25
Having had a brief read through the proposal document, I don't see any great problem with the principle. However if "crafts people" aren't creative I would like to know how some of those included in the "Proposed list of creative occupations"(fig 1 Page 10)are. I would like to know how much more creative a librarian is than an craft person, while I have no problem with what a librarian does much of there work is of a repetitive nature. Neither can I see how a Business Analyst is creative, their work is basically number crunching, like wise Architectural and Town Planning technicians, the mere title of the occupation removes it from the creative field.
I could go on but, I wonder if it's just another way of putting down Craft people! It would appear as far as the government is concerned small is not beautiful. Perhaps they don't understand us?
too difficult to classify (the document suggests this) BUT NOT CREATIVE I think NOT.
Comment by john stoker - 9 May 2013 09:34
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