Making, Thinking and Living is a highly personal and original exhibition which has enabled the acclaimed photographer Garry Fabian Miller to represent his long held interests in modern and contemporary craft through the means of curatorship. He has assembled an interconnected arrangement of craft objects, drawn from the collections of the Crafts Study Centre, beginning with the etching Autumn 1933 by Robin Tanner, and including textiles by the pioneer weavers Elizabeth Peacock and Ethel Mairet, as well as tableware by Lucie Rie. These public works counterpoint a number of pieces drawn from his personal collection, including a fine series of caddy jars by Richard Batterham.
Making, Thinking, Living offers Garry Fabian Miller a curatorial platform on which to articulate deeply felt views about the place of craft in contemporary discourse and the priority that is often given to fine art practice. He presents a view of accommodation, noting how makers such as Robin Tanner ‘integrated a way of life, making and thought’ and yet continued to propose radical intensity often through pedagogic means.
Garry Fabian Miller’s work is held in many distinguished public and private collections. The exhibition is marked by the publication by the Crafts Study Centre of a catalogue with a new essay by Alison Britton, designed by Kevin Mount.