News Yale College Marcus Thomas Craft Award

Yale College have been shortlisted for national recognition by encouraging craft skills in an educational setting.

Nominated for one of the highly regarded Craft Skills Awards in 2013, Marcus Thomas of Yale College Wrexham has been shortlisted with only four others from across the UK to receive an award for encouraging craft skills in an educational setting.

In readiness for the announcement of award winners, Marcus will be filmed in action this week as he draws on the Welsh textile industry and its impact on Welsh culture and economy in the classroom.

Yale College Principle, Jasbir Dhesi said: “Marcus’s recognition is well deserved. He has encouraged Yale learners to take part and understand the importance of a sustainable approach to the growth of creative industries in our economy.”

MarcusWeb Yale College Shortlisted For 2013 Craft Skills Award

Evidence of how well the awards programme has raised the profile of craft skills; social networking channels at Yale College have been buzzing with well-wishers keen to congratulate Marcus on his shortlisting for The thinc Quilt.

The thinc Quilt project is innovatively delivered to students at Yale College by Marcus.  The course covers sourcing of wool fleeces, spinning and weaving as well as operation of a traditional long arm quilting machine and creation of woven textiles.  Inspired students enjoy a wide perspective – from farming to selling – and are engaged by many voices inside and outside the classroom – including weavers, museum curators and retail buyers.

The Craft Skills Awards 2013 will take place on 2nd May.  The awards have been created by Creative & Cultural Skills in partnership with the Crafts Council, the Heritage Crafts Association, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.