The Crafts Council’s new touring exhibition Block Party, curated by visual artist Lucy Orta, celebrates the skill of the pattern cutter and tailor, and explores the creative possibilities of this craft.

Block Party showcases work by artists that apply the aesthetics and techniques of pattern cutting to their practice in innovative and unexpected ways.

Evolving Textiles, Digitally Manufactured Glove, Philip Delamore/Within Labs, 2008. Image © Within Labs
Evolving Textiles, Digitally Manufactured Glove, Philip Delamore/Within Labs, 2008. Image © Within Labs
Angel, Richard Sweeney, 2011. Image © Richard Sweeney
Angel, Richard Sweeney, 2011. Image © Richard Sweeney
Hunter Jacket, Embodying Ethics, Rohan Chhabra, 2010. Image © Rohan Chhabra
Hunter Jacket, Embodying Ethics, Rohan Chhabra, 2010. Image © Rohan Chhabra
Leg, Tia-Calli Borlase, 2011. Image © Tia-Calli Borlase
Leg, Tia-Calli Borlase, 2011. Image © Tia-Calli Borlase
Girl on Flying Machine, Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2008. Image © the artist and courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York
Girl on Flying Machine, Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2008. Image © the artist and courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York