Recently, there has been a multitude of brilliant books that explore the nature of craftsmanship or have been written by makers themselves. Agenda-setting titles such as The Craftsman by Richard Sennett, Matthew Crawford’s The Case for Working with Your Hands and the multi-award winning The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal have contributed to a renewed interest in precisely how and why the stuff that surrounds us is made.
Every other month, Crafts magazine will invite an author to discuss their book in front of an audience. There will be time for questions, a signing session and a free drink or two. Launching on 3 December at the Clerkenwell showroom of world renowned furniture manufacturer Vitra (which makes designs by Charles & Ray Eames, Hella Jongerius, Jasper Morrison and the Bouroullec brothers among many others), the first Book Club features writer, photographer and broadcaster, Robert Penn author of The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees – the story of one man’s quest to make as many things as humanly possible from a single ash tree.
Doors open at 18.30 and the discussion will start at 19.00, lasting roughly an hour.