A recent article in The Guardian discussed the importance of "realising designs in real materials" and how "young people are becoming incredibly confident in their use of digital", but "they're not getting the experience of how the material world around them is fabricated and developed."
Simon Ofield-Kerr, vice-chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) says: "Schoolchildren of all ages are increasingly missing out on the opportunity to enjoy and learn from making things. Sewing, ceramics, metalwork, woodwork and crafts are all on the wane as digital disciplines take hold and resources become scarcer."
"Kids are just not getting the same experience of playing with clay, with materials, of doing embroidery, of getting their hands dirty," he added.
Unfortunately, the Craft Council has also seen a decline in craft education over the last few years, which is in direct contrast to the growing popularity of crafts amongst adults.
As the 2014 Year of Creativity commences, the UK's creative industry currently generates £71.4 billion of value to the UK economy, and an estimated 2.55 million people work within the industry, making it even more important to ensure that future generations are taught the skills that allow them to have a creative career.
As one of the UK's leading suppliers of fibres and equipment to craft enthusiasts, we are aware of the need to promote the benefits of craft and design in education.
We already supply fibres and supplies for hand spinning, felting, and many other crafts to school, college and university design departments, and also welcome students to our factory shop where they can really experience the different fibres and textures available.
We also offer discounts on bulk orders, and all students with a valid NUS card receive 10% off all purchases.
For more information on how to order supplies for your school or college, click here
Picture taken at one of the regular World of Wool workshops.
Source:The Guardian Crafts Council