Comprehensive qualitative research study that starts from the already known position that the craft sector makes a £3 billion contribution to the UK economy, and represents 13% of those employed in the UK’s creative industries. The total market buying original craft is 11.3 million people, far bigger than that for fine art. Investigates the nature of portfolio working amongst makers, and acknowledges the social contribution they make within other spheres, often education or community settings, working in cross-and-multi-disciplinary ways, as well as contributing to innovation via their expert knowledge of materials and ways of thinking. A seminal study for the understanding and advocating for the sector.

Mary Schwartz, Dr Karen Yair
Crafts Council
1 June 2010
Making value craft & the economic and social contribution of makers