Event: London Craft Week

May is set to be an exciting month for makers as London Craft Week debuts its eagerly-awaited programme of events

Arantza Vilas Cockpit Art studio space Photo © Sylvain Deleu

Photo © Sylvain Deleu
Featured image: Emma Yeo headwear. Photo © Michael Stuart-Dal

London has long had a Fashion Week and Design Festival, but in May 2015 London Craft Week will be making its debut on our capital’s events map. The brand new initiative, taking place 6-10 May, will be giving craft a centre stage position in the city, with makers showcasing their skills through a public ‘seeing is believing’ programme, packed with special openings, demonstrations and exhibitions.

As part of this celebration of innovative craft, a number of studio spaces will be throwing their doors open to the public, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the creative processes being practiced and a chance to meet the makers, too. One such studio is Cockpit Arts, which supports 170 of the UKs finest designer-makers. They’ll be opening their Holborn studio space from 8-10 May, and Deptfort from 15-17 May.

Alison Watt weaving, Butterfly © Michael Stuart

Alison Watt, Butterfly. Photo © Dovecot Studios

From ceramics and jewellery-making to embroidery and leatherwork, the inaugural programme, supported by founding partner Vacheron Constantin (the worlds oldest watch-makers in continious production), has been carefully curated to challenge the perceptions of craft and showcase the amazing work hidden across the city.

As well as the opportunity to take a peek into some of the most fascinating studios, there’s a packed schedule of seminars and conferences, organised by strategic partners the Crafts Council, Walpole and the Heritage Crafts Association, to enjoy.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also a partner of the non-profit initiative, says: “London Craft Week will throw a spotlight on this vibrant and growing sector and the highly skilled craftspeople at work in our city today.” We can’t wait, Boris!

www.londoncraftweek.com
www.cockpitarts.com

Lison de Caunes shiny colourful eggs - photo © Gilles Trillard

Lison de Caunes’ shiny colourful eggs. Photo © Gilles Trillard. All rights reserved.