‘Having something to give, to share, to say and having these gifts accepted, welcomed and heard: these are essential aspects of being human’ Francois Matarasso (2012)
The Craft Unit is a not-for-profit online shop showcasing craft and decorative arts made by people working in supported environments, who often face social challenges in society.
The Craft Unit’s makers include people who have learning disabilities (such as Down's Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X Syndrome etc.), physical disabilities, people facing migration and settling issues and people recovering from enduring mental health conditions.
Jade Ogden, the founder of the Craft Unit has worked with adults with learning disabilities in various contexts since 2007, and in 2015 completed an MA in Participatory and Community Arts at the University of Goldsmiths, where the idea for The Craft Unit was crystallised. It began as a ‘pop-up’ shop in Clerkenwell, London, providing customers with an exciting window in which to buy unique and inspirational pieces as well as meeting some of the makers themselves. It is following the great success of this that the online shop was launched in 2016.
The Craft Unit pop-up shop at Clerkenwell Green in London, 2015
We hope you enjoy browsing the shop! Remember that your purchase will make a huge difference to the lives of these craftspeople.