Manifesto point 2 - We identify craft as a contemporary and traditional art form and as a creative industry.
“We are passionate about plaster work – both its past traditions and its future potential. Although building crafts are an important part of the craft sector they are often overlooked. Support for architectural stonemasons, woodworkers, lead workers and plasterers usually comes from the heritage sector. As a consequence the contemporary application of these craft skills is obscured. Trades, such as plastering, are no longer seen as part of the ‘creative industries’. We are keen that trade skills are celebrated and recognised for their creative potential.”
Ffion and Steven Blench established Chalk Plaster Design in 2016. As well as undertaking traditional plain and decorative plasterwork they also use traditional techniques to create contemporary designs for modern interiors. Although much of their work focuses on the restoration and recreation of historic plasterwork they are keen to demonstrate that decorative plastering can be more than a heritage craft and still has something to contribute to contemporary architecture and design.