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The New Ethics of Craftsmanship

Loewe’s Creative Director Jonathan Anderson and the Design Museum’s Co-Director Deyan Sudjic discuss ethics in craft.

Loewe’s Creative Director Jonathan Anderson and Chairwoman Anatxu Zabalbeascoa discuss ethics in craft with the Design Museum’s Co-Director Deyan Sudjic.

Jonathan Anderson, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa and Deyan Sudjic examine notions of ethics and responsibility within contemporary craft practice. Spotlighting various projects in this year’s Loewe craft prize, the pair will explore how today’s changing world is impacting craft production, and how makers are responding.

Part of Craft Conversations in collaboration with the LOEWE FOUNDATION.

Image credit: Ernst Gamperl

Image credit: Joonyong Kim, Republic of Korea ‘Tears in the Sunset’, glass, 480 x 480 x 43 mm. 2014

Image credit: Ashley YK Yeo, Singapore ‘Arbitrary Metrics II’, hand cut paper, dimensions variable. 2015

Image credit: Rita Soto, Chile ‘Folds of Memory’, horsehair, vegetal fiber, copper, stainless silver, dimensions variable. 2017

Image credit: Aneta Regel, United Kingdom ‘Raining Stones’, granite, quartz, basalt, feldspar, porcelain, crank, slip, glaze, dimensions variable. 2017

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Adult: £12
Student/Concession: £8
Members: £9

Craft Conversations is part of London Craft Week, an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.



Jonathan Anderson

Jonathan Anderson established his fashion label JW Anderson in 2008. In 2013 he was appointed Creative Director of LOEWE presenting his Men’s and Women’s collections in Paris. In 2016, he conceived the LOEWE Craft Prize to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and recognise artisans whose talent, vision and will to innovate will set a standard for the future.

Anatxu Zabalbeascoa

Architecture and design Critic at El País, art historian Anatxu Zabalbeascoa has published more than 15 books, from The New Spanish Architecture (Rizzoli New York, 1993) to Todo sobre la casa (Gustavo Gili, 2012). She has curated exhibitions at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and the MACBA in Barcelona and is now the Chairwoman at the Loewe Craft Prize Jury.

Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic is the Director of the Design Museum in London. His career has spanned journalism, teaching and writing. Deyan was director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture 1999 and in 2002 he was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Deyan has published many books on design and architecture and was made an OBE in 2000.

Related exhibition

LOEWE Craft Prize 2018

In 2016, the LOEWE FOUNDATION launched the international annual LOEWE Craft Prize to showcase and celebrate newness, excellence and artistic merit in modern craftsmanship.

The LOEWE FOUNDATION was established as a private cultural foundation in 1988 by Enrique Loewe, a fourth-generation member of LOEWE’s founding family. Today, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, organise educational programs and protect cultural heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, design and craft. The Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts by the Spanish government in 2002.

Background image: Christopher Kurtz, United States‘Singularity’, hand-carved basswood and milk paint, 914 x 3657 x 2057 mm. 2012