+44 (0)114 204 1363 info@ernestwright.co.uk
0

Subtotal: £ 0


No products in the basket.

SUPPORTING CRAFTS TO THRIVE

IT’S ALL ABOUT CRAFT

The Heritage Craft Association is a charitable led organisation which safeguards craft skills and knowledge for the future. Their work is vital to support practitioners and promote Britain’s craft heritage. Mary Lewis, HCA’s Endangered Craft Officer, tells Ernest Wright about her work and the importance of traditional craft.

  THE STORY 

Craft heritage is the activity of using traditional materials and knowledge to practice a craft and continue it for successive generations. They emerge from a need, a place and the materials found at that location. A rich craft heritage reflects local skill, knowledge and community identity. But crafts become extinct when needs change, manufacture is exported overseas, or allied trades and materials disappear.

THE HERITAGE CRAFT ASSOCIATION

The Heritage Craft Association was founded in 2010. We are the first UK-wide champion which recognises heritage crafts and we collaborate with government partners, agencies, groups, societies and businesses to protect traditional skills and knowledge. With mentoring and funding, HCA offers the framework to allow crafts to flourish.

A key part of our work has been the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts. From coppersmithing, engine turning and rush matting, we created a list of 212 heritage crafts and placed them into four categories: extinct, critically endangered, endangered, and currently viable. This shows which crafts have the demand, materials, practitioners and willing apprentices to thrive, and which require support to continue.

Apart from highlighting the disappearance of heritage crafts in Britain, the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts acts as a catalyst for people to get involved. Traditional crafts get taken up alongside current businesses. During a follow-up survey this year, we found that the previously “extinct” craft of sieve and riddle making, now has two practitioners and is part of commercial production.

WHY CRAFT IS IMPORTANT

Heritage crafts reflect traditions and national diversity. But craft is also important to our being. Myself, I love to knit. I’ve found that by learning how to make, you develop an understanding for how materials work, how craft works. It’s a process which gives you an appreciation of how other things are made.

Most people in modern careers don’t have tangible, physical results for their work, and it shows. At an HCA lecture, a medical professor explained that his students have increasingly less haptic skills and struggle to perform essential medical tasks, like sewing. These days, people just don’t develop manual dexterity in the same way as they use to. It reduces cognitive abilities and impacts an ability to make things.

SHEFFIELD: TOOLMAKING HERITAGE

Sheffield was built on toolmaking. The city sits on the confluence on three rivers and became a hub for metalwork and industrial innovation. Traditional crafts like handmaking scissors and shears are key to the Sheffield community. There’s a long history of highly skilled metallurgical heritage and it would be a tragedy to lose the crafts and skills that come with it.

Craft heritage is not about nostalgia. Crafts change with time to suit demand and need. However, scissors are an important, everyday household tool that people have been using for centuries. Ernest Wright recognises what it means to shape Sheffield’s cultural heritage into the future and thanks to their dedicated master-putters, a traditional craft is thriving in contemporary production.

  MORE STORIES  

20 JUNE 2019

CUTTING CARBON FIBRE

Xtenders builds bespoke tenders for superyachts, using layers of carbon fibre

27 may 2019

PROMOTING FAIR FASHION

Teka Moran of Ocaelis Studio loves -and promotes- handcrafted fashion

12 APRIL 2019

BACK FROM THE 30’s

Giving old scissors a new lease of life. A beautiful gift for the new generation

  ABOUT ERNEST WRIGHT 

Handmade in Sheffield

Proud of our heritage

Ernest Wright
(1880-1954)

People love the brand

Buy once, love forever

Ernest Wright
(1880-1954)

NEWSLETTER 

Please sign up for latest news and updates on products from Ernest Wright.

NEWSLETTER 

Please sign up for latest news and updates on products from Ernest Wright.

twitter   instagram

© 2018 HandmadeScissors Ltd. All Rights Reserved.