A celebration of all things craft and crafted, London Craft Week launched today and runs through to Sunday 12th May.
As you may know, this year for London Craft Week we are excited to be hosting Unloved to Luxury - a workshop with our lovely friends from the award-winning sustainable luxury brand Elvis & Kresse - where we will be transforming leather rescued from Burberry into new pieces designed to be loved and treasured forever.
We have sold out for this event but there are a host of other wonderful events this weekend to entertain and inspire you - many free and all magnificent.
Here are our Top Picks:
1. Wood | The Living Material
An exhibition and talk showcasing six artists and craftsmen who use wood to handcraft contemporary pieces that traverse function, art and design. Exhibiting artists and craftsmen include our very own Jane Crisp, alongside Ted Jefferis, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Luke Hope, Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth.
Through looking at the wider nature of practice in wood, the works on display examine the maker’s relationship to material and landscape – in particular that of the British tree and the way the forest and woodlands continue to influence artists and craftsmen working in the UK today.
From furniture to vessels, sculpture and textiles, the exhibition explores how wood is transformed into objects that resonate with the deep relationship of people to the land. With an emphasis on skill and craftsmanship, the exhibition brings to life narratives of the natural and looks at how makers today are choosing to work with a material that roots them in their natural landscape.
8 - 10 May 10:00 – 19:00
11 - 12 May 11:00 – 16:00
68 Duke Street, London, W1K 6JU
Find out more here.
2. Rush Weaving with Felicity Irons at British Standard
Enjoy a rush-weaving workshop with Rushmatters founder Felicity Irons, one of the last of the English rush weavers, at the British Standard Cupboards showroom.
Whilst making your own rush basket, listen as Felicity and British Standard Cupboards founder Katie Fontana discuss the history of a craft that remains unchanged since Anglo-Saxon times.
Workshop, 10 May 10:00 – 17:00
Booking necessary. £60
British Standard Cupboards
41 Hoxton Square
Find our more and book here.
3. LOEWE x Shizu Designs
California-based weavers Shizu Designs use traditional Japanese weaving techniques to make baskets and transform rocks into art. LOEWE hosts the mother and daughter duo for a series of demonstrations to showcase their unique process of knotting leather into tranquil forms.
After working with mother and daughter duo Shizu Designs for the LOEWE Baskets exhibition at Salone del Mobile Milan 2019, LOEWE has invited the pair to demonstrate traditional Japanese weaving in a series of walk-in events, as part of their sponsorship of London Craft Week. Shizu Designs exhibits their basket-making and rock-weaving techniques whilst working with LOEWE´s primary material of leather.
Shizu Designs is a design house based in Berkeley, California. The two women use traditional Japanese weaving techniques to make baskets and transform rocks into art – art that invites quiet contemplation, peace and serenity. They represent the type of artist that LOEWE supports and nurtures in their mission to give a voice to age-old handcraft techniques and the masters who maintain them.
Demonstration and Open House, 11 May, 10am – 2pm & 5pm – 7pm
Demonstration and Open House, 12 May, 12pm – 2pm & 5pm – 6pm
LOEWE, 41 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2RY
Find out more here.
Want to find out more? Explore the full L O N D O N C R A F T W E E K programme here.
And, most importantly: have a wonderful time. We hope to see you there.