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Craft is a timeless art that transcends borders and cultures, weaving stories of resilience, creativity, and heritage

Background imageCraft Collection: Sun Chariot, bronze and gold leaf, from Trundholm

Sun Chariot, bronze and gold leaf, from Trundholm
Prehistory, Denmark, Bronze Age. The " Sun Chariot", bronze and gold leaf. From Trundholm

Background imageCraft Collection: D-Day - British and Canadian troops landing - Juno Beach

D-Day - British and Canadian troops landing - Juno Beach
British and Canadian 3rd Division troops land at Juno Beach. D-Day began on June 6th, 1944 at 6:30am and was conducted in two assault phases - the air assault landing of allied troops followed by an

Background imageCraft Collection: Moroccan lantern, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Moroccan lantern, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageCraft Collection: D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach

D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach
American assault troops prepare to disembark their landing craft as it approaches the beach head, Omaha Beach. The smoke visible in the background attests to the massive naval artillery assault

Background imageCraft Collection: The Patchwork Quilt

The Patchwork Quilt
Artist: Calkin, Lance - Title: The Patchwork Quilt - Date: 1887 - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 86.4 x 61

Background imageCraft Collection: The Lace Maker, 1662. Artist: Gaspar Netscher

The Lace Maker, 1662. Artist: Gaspar Netscher
The Lace Maker, 1662. Painting held at The Wallace Collection, London. From The Connoisseur Volume XLIII. [The Connoisseur Ltd. London, 1915]

Background imageCraft Collection: The Normandy Landings - 6th June 1944 - WW2

The Normandy Landings - 6th June 1944 - WW2. Note the American soldier in the landing craft holding a metal detector to sweep for landmines. Date: 1944

Background imageCraft Collection: Central America, Panama, Cristobal. Kuna Indian traditional molas

Central America, Panama, Cristobal. Kuna Indian traditional molas

Background imageCraft Collection: Coyne Helicopter / Ufo

Coyne Helicopter / Ufo
Captain Lawrence J. Coyne, piloting a UH-1H helicopter observes a UFO at close quarters, the craft beaming a green light on the chopper near Mansfield, Ohio, USA

Background imageCraft Collection: Cutty Sark in 1923

Cutty Sark in 1923
The famous tea clipper Cutty Sark in Surrey Docks. The iconic craft now housed in dry dock at Greenwich was severely damaged by a fire whilst under restoration on 21st May 2007

Background imageCraft Collection: Hand painted didgeridoos, Aboriginal musical instrument, Australia, Pacific

Hand painted didgeridoos, Aboriginal musical instrument, Australia, Pacific

Background imageCraft Collection: North America, Mexico, Teotihuacan, souvenir blanket with colorful Aztec calendar design

North America, Mexico, Teotihuacan, souvenir blanket with colorful Aztec calendar design

Background imageCraft Collection: Venus of Willendorf, Stone Age figurine

Venus of Willendorf, Stone Age figurine, rear view. Discovered in 1908 near Willendorf, Austria, this 11-centimetre-tall limestone figurine dates from around 23, 000 years ago

Background imageCraft Collection: Various African masks on sale at Aswan Souq, Aswan, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Various African masks on sale at Aswan Souq, Aswan, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageCraft Collection: Costa Rican art, Costa Rica, Central America

Costa Rican art, Costa Rica, Central America

Background imageCraft Collection: Medieval goldsmith at work

Medieval goldsmith at work
Workshop of Etienne Delaulne, a goldsmith in Paris, 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 16th-century illustration

Background imageCraft Collection: Ufo / Masse / Valensole

Ufo / Masse / Valensole
Working early in the morning in his Lavender field, Maurice Masse, comes across an alien craft and its occupants

Background imageCraft Collection: The Lacemaker, 1669-70 (oil on canvas)

The Lacemaker, 1669-70 (oil on canvas)
BAL2544 The Lacemaker, 1669-70 (oil on canvas) by Vermeer, Jan (Johannes) (1632-75); 23.9x20.5 cm; Louvre, Paris, France; (add.info.: La Dentelliere; dentelle; ); Dutch, out of copyright

Background imageCraft Collection: Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageCraft Collection: Muslim prayer carpet, Palestinian Authority, Middle East

Muslim prayer carpet, Palestinian Authority, Middle East

Background imageCraft Collection: Lamps and lanterns in shop in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Lamps and lanterns in shop in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Background imageCraft Collection: Africa, Morocco, Fes. Mosaic wall for fountain

Africa, Morocco, Fes. Mosaic wall for fountain

Background imageCraft Collection: The Iron Forge Viewed from Without, c. 1770s (oil on canvas)

The Iron Forge Viewed from Without, c. 1770s (oil on canvas)
BAL16108 The Iron Forge Viewed from Without, c.1770s (oil on canvas) by Wright of Derby, Joseph (1734-97); 105x140 cm; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; English, out of copyright

Background imageCraft Collection: Mr George Lailey engaged in the ancient craft of wooden bowl making at Bucklebury, Berks

Mr George Lailey engaged in the ancient craft of wooden bowl making at Bucklebury, Berks. An industry carried on by his father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. 10 December 1922

Background imageCraft Collection: Bonsai dwarf pine, 1889 C013 / 8769

Bonsai dwarf pine, 1889 C013 / 8769
Bonsai dwarf pine, 19th-century artwork. This specimen is from Japan, and is 150 years old. Bonsai is the art of cultivating ornamental artificially-dwarfed varieties of trees

Background imageCraft Collection: Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson

Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson
A little girl concentrates on a garment she is sewing, presumably for the doll which sits next to her. An interesting basket full of sewing paraphenalia spills over beside her

Background imageCraft Collection: Zuni Indian jewellery

Zuni Indian jewellery, New Mexico, United States of America, North America

Background imageCraft Collection: Gargoyle of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Gargoyle of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
The gargoyles are an essential part of the history of the cathedral, and a key aspect of the site. The gargoyles main purpose is very practical

Background imageCraft Collection: Japanese Woodblock Print flowers and Dragon

Japanese Woodblock Print flowers and Dragon
Keisai Eisen (1790 - 1848) is an important ukiyo-e artist who studied under the similarly named Kikugawa Eizan. As with this marvellous classic print, 1840

Background imageCraft Collection: Trench Art Lighter, WW1

Trench Art Lighter, WW1
Round Trench Art lighter with officers button on either side

Background imageCraft Collection: Oval Trench Art lighter, WW1

Oval Trench Art lighter, WW1
Oval Trench Art lighter with officers button on either side

Background imageCraft Collection: Manufacture of cork balls at Chingford General view of the house 28 November 1922

Manufacture of cork balls at Chingford General view of the house 28 November 1922

Background imageCraft Collection: Blacksmith at White Hart, Petworth - July 1939

Blacksmith at White Hart, Petworth - July 1939
Horse and handler with blacksmith filing front hoof. George Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref. No. Garland N18447

Background imageCraft Collection: Detail of Marble statue of Tyche, goddess of fortune, from Prusias ad Hypium, Turkey

Detail of Marble statue of Tyche, goddess of fortune, from Prusias ad Hypium, Turkey
Roman civilization, 2nd century A.D. Marble statue of Tyche, goddess of fortune. From Prusias ad Hypium, Turkey. Detail

Background imageCraft Collection: GARNERAY, Louis (1783-1857). Naval Battle of Navarino

GARNERAY, Louis (1783-1857). Naval Battle of Navarino. ca. 1827. Greek War of Independence (1821-1832). Battle of Navarino, October 20th, 1827. Victory of the British and French fleet on the ottoman

Background imageCraft Collection: Shetland knitter, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Shetland knitter, Shetland Islands, Scotland. She is knitting as she walks along with a bulky load on her back. Date: late 19th century

Background imageCraft Collection: Ceramics for sale, Souk, Medina, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Ceramics for sale, Souk, Medina, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageCraft Collection: How Navajo Indian Rugs are made - USA

How Navajo Indian Rugs are made - USA Date: circa 1930s

Background imageCraft Collection: Lowestoft, Suffolk, Herring Drifters off the Fishing Grounds

Lowestoft, Suffolk, Herring Drifters off the Fishing Grounds Date: circa 1920s

Background imageCraft Collection: Greek trireme. Engraving. SPAIN. Madrid. Navy

Greek trireme. Engraving. SPAIN. Madrid. Navy Museum

Background imageCraft Collection: Boating off Cape Town, South Africa

Boating off Cape Town, South Africa
A superb view of yachting in Table Bay off Cape Town, South Africa, with the imposing outline of Table Mountain, shrouded in mist, in the background

Background imageCraft Collection: D-Day - Bomber giving air support to infantry invasion

D-Day - Bomber giving air support to infantry invasion
A B-26 Martin Marauder of the 9th Airforce over the Normandy coast, giving air support to the landing craft on the beaches below

Background imageCraft Collection: American Troops heading for Normandy on D-Day; Second Worl

American Troops heading for Normandy on D-Day; Second Worl
American infanrymen in a landing craft heading towards the shore of Normandy on the morning of D-Day, 6 June 1944

Background imageCraft Collection: American Troops landing on D-Day; Second World War, 1944

American Troops landing on D-Day; Second World War, 1944
Photograph showing American troops storming one of the Normandy beaches on D-Day, 6 June 1944. This image shows the first tanks charging through the water to the shore

Background imageCraft Collection: Town of Saint Martin, Ile de Re, Charente Maritime, France, Europe

Town of Saint Martin, Ile de Re, Charente Maritime, France, Europe

Background imageCraft Collection: Pinocchio toy for sale, Collodi, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

Pinocchio toy for sale, Collodi, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

Background imageCraft Collection: Traditional Portuguese pottery at artisan workshop with plates on wall, Cape St

Traditional Portuguese pottery at artisan workshop with plates on wall, Cape St. Vincent peninsula, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, Europe

Background imageCraft Collection: Morocco, Marrakech

Morocco, Marrakech. The Entrance to Cafrabe, Opened in 2004, Cafe Arabe is the first official cafe to have opened in the old city area. The cafe has been built in a refurbished Moroccan house



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Craft is a timeless art that transcends borders and cultures, weaving stories of resilience, creativity, and heritage. From the shores of Juno Beach during D-Day to the vibrant streets of Morocco in North Africa, it has left its indelible mark on history. As British and Canadian troops landed on Juno Beach, their determination was mirrored by the intricate Moroccan lanterns adorning homes in Marrakech. The delicate craftsmanship symbolized unity and hope amidst turmoil. In Central America's Panama, Cristobal became a hub for Kuna Indian traditional molas. These exquisite textiles showcased the rich tapestry of indigenous culture while honoring their ancestors' wisdom. Omaha Beach witnessed not only the bravery of soldiers during D-Day but also served as inspiration for artists who transformed wreckage into remarkable sculptures resembling Coyne Helicopters or even UFOs. Their craft spoke volumes about human resilience amid destruction. The mysterious allure continued with sightings of UFOs over Masse in Valensole. Crafted by unknown hands from distant galaxies, these enigmatic objects challenged our perception of reality and sparked endless debates. Meanwhile, back on Earth, quilting emerged as an enduring form of craftmanship. The Patchwork Quilt stitched together fragments from different lives into a harmonious whole—a testament to unity despite differences—just like Little Miss Natty Fingers' creations depicted in Muriel Dawson's book. Craft played an instrumental role during the Normandy Landings in World War II when soldiers found solace in creating handmade treasures amidst chaos. It reminded them that beauty can be found even in times of darkness. Cutty Sark sailed through time as an emblematic example of maritime craftsmanship; her majestic presence evoked awe among all who beheld her grandeur at sea. Traveling eastward to Palestine within the Middle East region reveals Muslim prayer carpets meticulously woven with devotion—a blend of faith and artistry that brings tranquility to countless worshippers.