The Prime Minister, Theresa May, welcomed Mourne Textiles to No.10 for a reception to celebrate the success of the United Kingdom’s Creative Industries from all parts of the UK.
Mourne Textiles was invited to No.10 to as part of London Craft Week, which showcases innovative craftsmanship from across the UK.
Mario Sierra and Karen Hay-Edie
Other companies invited to joining Mourne Textiles to showcase their work were Warner Bros, bespoke shoe makers CarreDucker, London Craft Week, high-end jean maker Hiut Denim and furniture maker Angus Ross. The Prime Minister also invited publishers, artists, actors, directors of art galleries and theatres and craftspeople from across the UK to the celebration.
Karen Hay-Edie and Roy Prescott talking to Theresa May
The creative industries contribute £92 billion to the UK economy, providing work for more than two million people across the country. The reception builds on the support pledged to the sector as part of the £150 million to be invested by government and industry UK-wide.
Prime Minister Theresa May with all the exhibitors
Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Our creative industries are at the heart of what makes the United Kingdom great, from the big screen to the local craft maker. Our films captivate audiences the world over, our fashion designers surprise and delight, our architects are shaping skylines and cityscapes on every continent.
“Preserving and enhancing the UK’s craft and design industry is an important part of our cultural heritage. That’s why I would like to welcome family-run Mourne Textiles to Downing Street today. It is wonderful to see them continuing their craft legacy in the Mourne Mountains – with their unique handwoven fabrics and pieces.”
Mario Sierra, Creative Director of Mourne Textiles said:
“I’m delighted that Mourne Textiles has been chosen to represent the creative industries from Northern Ireland at Downing Street, and to be able to showcase our products, that illustrate the quality of design, skill and craftsmanship in the region.
“Craft, in its many forms is part of our cultural heritage and should be celebrated and nurtured. We are bringing production hand loom weaving back to the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland and retraining a new generation of handloom weavers.
“Our mission is to encourage people to see the skill, value and importance of the craft within the local community and to the wider world and to encourage a rural industries revival.”
Guy Salter, Founder & Chairman of London Craft Week commented: “It is very fitting that the day before London Craft Week the Prime Minister is celebrating Britain’s Creative Industries of which craft is a proud part and we are delighted to be able to showcase some of the remarkably gifted independent makers who are taking part in the week.”
London Craft Week is an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. It runs from 9 to 13 May 2018.