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Freeman to appear on new BBC show


Bespoke maker Abdollah Nafisi, who became a freeman in December, is to appear on the BBC’s new four-part series: The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts.

The show sees makers travel back in time to see what we can learn from the arts and crafts movement.

Abdollah spoke to us about taking part in the show.

Why did you want to take part in the show?

I felt the programme was bringing the value of craftsmanship to the public eye and emphasising on how art and craft can be one instead of seeing craft only as a practical object.

How you were you chosen?

My co-founder and wife, Kate, saw a tweet for the show and applied. I was called in for an interview and did three rounds of tests to get into the final.

What do you think is good about the show?

I like how the show emphasises that if you want to make the impossible, you have to ask for help. William Morris & Co were all about fellowship instead of being competitive, because they realised that their human connection within the arts and crafts helped them to achieve more together. I believe the key to growth is fellowship.

Why is it worth watching?

It’s fascinating to watch creativity under the clock with such talented people, as they produce beautiful objects when light, time and resources are highly limited.

What did you get out of the experience?

It was wonderful to be free from the distractions of business and social media for a whole month and spend more time outside. I loved the focus and peace that came with this experience.

What did you learn?

I learnt a lot about William Morris and the arts and crafts movement which was fascinating. I learnt how to work with the light, getting up very early at 5am and maximising the day. I hope to continue this habit in my modern day life.

The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts is on BBC 2 on Friday nights at 9pm.