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Crafts Council celebrates 40 years with exhibition by ico Design

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By Cameron Clarke, Editor

December 19, 2011 | 2 min read

The Crafts Council is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an online exhibition created by ico Design.

The exhibition features 40 works from the organisation's collection along with comment pieces by makers, curators and critics.

There are also six newly-commissioned works that respond to chosen pieces in the show. This section - called “Inspired!” - features work by Chris Haughton, It’s Nice That, John Agard, Prick your Finger, Paul Adrian and Scanner.

Ico said: "We felt that such a diverse collection of material needed a striking graphic language and format to hold it all together. We looked to the Renaissance Wunderkammer or Cabinet of Curiosities, a collection of types of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined for inspiration. As each object has lots of different information associated with it, we used the idea of exhibit record cards to surround each one with stories.

"Rather than create a pastiche of a library of records, the site itself was styled with a minimal contemporary take on Victorian ephemera. We used a single colour from the Crafts Council palette and combined this with either black or white type to create a pared back simplicity that makes the object the hero."

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