We recently took a trip to the wonderful exhibition space in Ditchling East Sussex, which showcases the wonderful, creative tradition of the town and the many well-known designers and artists that have made residence there.
The story of Ditchling, as an artist’s commune, is a fascinating one, which is told within the award-winning architecture of the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. The museum holds a collection of work by the artists and craftspeople who were drawn to the village, including the sculptor, wood engraver, type-designer and letter-cutter Eric Gill, the calligrapher Edward Johnston (responsible for the famous Johnston typeface used for London Underground), the painter David Jones, the printer Hilary Pepler and the weaver Ethel Mairet.
Being able to see special objects and works of art and craft in the village where they were made is a rare opportunity and it offers a unique way to consider how the objects were made and who they were made for.
The impact of the many artists and craftspeople who came to live and work in Ditchling from the beginning of the 20th century onwards established this village as one of the most important places for the visual arts and crafts in Britain.