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Online sound commission

The Crafts Councilc elebrated 40 years of the Crafts CouncilCollection with a major online exhibition '40:40 – forty objects for forty years' www.4040.org.uk

Forty objects from the Crafts Council Collection were selected by makers, writers and curators. The objects are presented with a personal response from their selector alongside a range of archive material including exhibition catalogue texts, films, audio clips, sketches, press articles, loan correspondence and installation instructions.

Scanner says: "Choosing work to respond to and reflect upon was not an easy task with such a wealth of richly inspiring works in the collection but in the end I chose works based upon their possible sound properties. This unusual approach drew me towards Fred Baeir’s Star Wars Chair and Helen Maurer’s Loop. The former suggested a playful cinematic image, with a strong industrial influence, whilst Loop offered a delicate fragile image of glass and reflective surfaces so two very contrasting worlds. The final work forms a bridge between the two with recordings of leather, hair and glass."

The pieces selected were by some of the most important makers of contemporary craft from the last 40 years, including Fred Baier's 'Star Wars chair' (1978), a small yellow bowl by legendary potter Lucie Rie (1983), pioneering jewellery by David Watkins (1983), Caroline Broadhead's 'Wobbly Dress' (1990), Grayson Perry's anarchic 'Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot' (1996), Toord Boontje's 'Wednesday Light' (2001), and 'Arcady' (2007) by Edmund de Waal.

Selectors include graphic designer Malcolm Garrett, Shane Walter, founder of onedotzero, Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council, Glenn Adamson, Deputy Head of Research at the V&A and a number of makers including Lin Cheung, Steve Dixon and Michal Marriott.