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Programme Highlights: What To See at London Craft Week

London Craft Week returns this May for the eight time, celebrating the work of established and emerging creatives from around the world. Here’s what you can expect from the week-long celebration of all things creative and crafty…

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Showcasing the best of craftmanship there is, London Craft Weeks boast more than 300 events  – workshops, immersive experiences, pop-up stories and exhibitions – featuring the works of more than 765 artists, makers and designers, as well as brands and galleries from 26 countries.

Works span craft, art, design, food, fashion and accessories, and the week-long festival delves into the materials, makers, processes and inspiration behind these beautiful objects.

Read on to discover the programme highlights.

London Craft Week Highlights

1 The heritage and future of craftmanship in fashion

Explore craftmanship within fashion industry, through a dedicated programme tied to the V&A’s Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear exhibition. Rising talents, including Daniel W. Fletcher, Joao Maraschin and Clara Pinto, explore traditional craft skills as a means to reduce environmental impact in their practice and pioneering designer Anya Hindmarch hosts a talk asking, ‘Is There a Future for Leather?’. At Central Saint Martins, UAL, The Fabricant introduces visitors to the possibilities of digital fashion in a workshop where you can create a digital garment.

Create Your Own Hand-Knitted Beanie From Upcycled Material by Joao Maraschin

Details

: May 13; 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm; £25
Address: Fabrica X, The Mills Fabrica 36–40 York Way N1 9AB

Patchwork-Scraps Workshop with Daniel W. Fletcher

Details

: 11 May 11; 6.30pm-8.30pm
Address: The Ned, Princes Dome, 27 Poultry EC2R 8AJ

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

Details: Exhibition runs until November 6, 2022 £20; programme of events can be found at vam.ac.uk.
Address: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL

Anya Hindmarch talk, Is There a Future for Leather?

Details

: May 10; 6pm-8pm; £25;
Address: Anya Hindmarch, The Village, Pont Street, SW1X 9EJ

2 Country Pavilions

LCW’s first-ever Country Pavilions reinforce the festival as a platform for sharing global perspectives and shining a spotlight on London as an international hub where visitors can encounter exceptional makers and creativity from around the world. The inaugural Pavilions will focus on Malaysia and Norway.

Details

: Malaysian Pavilion is open May 9–15 at the High Commission of Malaysia. The Norway Pavilion is open May 11-15 at Gallery 5, Cromwell Place.

3 Design Districts

Belgravia, Chelsea, King’s Cross and St James’s are once again festival hotspots, each with a programme of events. Belgravia’s Pimlico Road Series features talks, workshops, demonstrations and product launches by world-class
craftspeople, artisans, makers, designers and high-end interior design brands including Bonadea, Carl Hansen & Son, Ochre and Robert Kime. There’s also a lampshade-making workshop using upcycled materials from the luxury
womenswear designer Anna Mason and a ‘Smashing Performance’ by ceramic artist Sue Paraskeva at Studio Pottery London.

In Chelsea, London’s original artist quarter, will play host to a series of maker residencies, exhibitions, workshops and talks, including a pop-up exhibition of pieces by The Modern Block Printer Molly Mahon at Anthropologie; a celebration of leather craftsmanship with textile artist Lora Avedian; and an intimate lunch at Beaverbrook Town House hosted by Tabitha Simmons, creative director of Tanner Krolle,

In King’s Cross, Coal Drops Yard, will host a series of experiments, innovations and collaborations, from workshops in weaving with Maria Sigma at COS to an exploration of Tom Dixon’s pioneering use of materials and techniques at the Coal Office.

Over in St James’s, LCW presents a series of after-hours events, including behind-the-scenes tours, demonstrations and tastings in partnership with cognac makers Rémy Martin, purveyors of the finest cognac. The programme will spotlight St James’s as one of London’s hidden gems, home to a collection of independent shops and historic brands, celebrating both the heritage of the area side by side with emerging talent.

4 Spotlight on Collectible design & Craft

A spotlight on the best of collectible design and crafts, including exhibitions of contemporary jewellery and furniture at Sotheby’s London, contemporary craft fair Artefact aligns with London Craft Week for the first time, The Future of Craft, returns to The Barge House, and there is an exclusive preview of Phillips’ Design Auction plus a tour of the Danish Ambassador’s residence.

Artefact: Meet the Makers

Details

: May 10-15; 10am-5.30pm; free
Address: Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road SW10 0XE

The Future of Craft: Oxo Tower Wharf

Details

: May 12-15 11am-6pm; free
Address: Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

The Market for Arts and Crafts

Details

: May 12; 6pm-7.30pm; free
Address: Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square WC1B 3EE

5 Sustainable crafts

There’s a host of workshops, talks, installations, and exhibitions showcasing a new generation of makers and brands that are reframing the sustainability narrative with innovative new technologies and materials and the possibilities of the circular economy. A dedicated programme at The Mills Fabrica includes the UK’s first exhibition of Circulose® by Renewcell; an exhibition exploring the possibilities of mushrooms; and a screen-printing workshop with Colorifix using bacterial pigment technology.

Urban Fungariums by Rachel Horton-Kitchlew

Details

: May 9-15; 10am-7pm; free
Address: Fabrica X, The Mills Fabrica, 36–40 York Way N1 9AB

Circulose®️ by Renewcell

Details

:May 9-15; 10am-7pm; free
Address: Fabrica X, The Mills Fabrica, 36–40 York Way N1 9AB

Biological Colour: A Creative Screen Printing Workshop with Ruth Lloyd x Colorifix

Details

: May 11; 10am-12pm; 2pm-4pm
Address: Fabrica X, The Mills Fabrica, 36–40 York Way N1 9AB

London Craft Week is on from May 9-15. For the full programme of events, times, venues and ticketing information visit londoncraftweek.com

 

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