Power of Making was a major temporary exhibition at the V&A Museum, celebrating the role of making in our lives.
Anna Faherty worked with guest curator Daniel Charny and the V&A exhibitions team to develop interpretation for the show, which attracted over 300,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular free exhibitions ever launched at the Museum.
She also researched and wrote a comprehensive glossary of craft terms, which was reproduced in the exhibition handout and the accompanying catalogue.
The labels accompanying the objects specify the techniques used in their construction, and include all manner of wonderful words: slumping, felting, planking, brazing, cordwaining. These archaic terms have a kind of hoary magic, redolent of times gone by. Together, they act as an elegiac prose poem commemorating areas of knowledge and skill-sets at risk of disappearing.