What makes some craft art and some craft just, well, craft? Material World features answers by these amazing names…
Who? Grayson Perry
Why? The Turner Prize-winning artist is best known for his incredible, and controversial, ceramics and tapestries (and dressing as his alter-ego, Claire)
Where can I see more? Perry is represented by the Victoria Miro gallery and their site is the best place to find out more about him. The William Morris gallery, which has just reopened in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow is exhibiting one of Perry’s tapestries at the moment.
Who? Rob Ryan
Why? Ryan’s unique style of paper cut is instantly recognisable and found everywhere from galleries to the side of mugs.
Where can I see more? MisterRob.co.uk is Ryan’s online HQ, but he blogs at RobRyan.blogspot.co.uk. You can buy his stuff everywhere from Etsy to TAG Fine Arts, and don’t forget the selection of books he’s published too.
Who? Kate Jenkins
Why? Back in the day she was a successful knitwear designer, creating patterns for everyone from Debenhams to Marc Jacobs: now, her knits can be found in London’s Rebecca Hossack gallery. Expect exceptionally witty knits based around food, porn and much more.
Where can I see more? Her fine art knits are represented by Rebecca Hossack, but for all things Kate Jenkins – including her Cardigan knitting label – visit Cardigan.
Who? Tracey Emin
Why? One of the YBAs, and a Turner prize nominee (for the unmade bed, My Bed) Emin has almost single-handed raised the profile of needlework as a fine art.
Where can I see more? Should you need to learn more, her studio website is for you – if you want to buy an Emin (whether it’s a print or a Christmas bauble, it’s Emin International.