An article in the OCA Weekend Bulletin this week (4th June) states 'The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has chosen to remove the category of ‘crafts’ as a recognised creative industry as part of a paper for classifying and measuring the creative industries due to be put forward in June of 2013.'
My first reaction to this news was confusion. How could the government not think of crafts as a creative industry? And after all the recent articles and exhibitions demonstrating its relevance in modern life, didn't they know this decision could have devastating consequences on the sector?
Comments from several OCA tutors showed that they thought this was another example of a general misunderstanding of what crafts people do, and of the contribution of creative thinking to their work.