“London has long had a Fashion Week and a Design Festival. Now there is London Craft Week, a celebration of the magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill found in the best-made of things,” Guy Salter, Chairman
Last year saw the launch of the first London Craft Week, with 70 events, 20,000 visits and a wide cast including HRH The Prince of Wales, Grayson Perry and 350 makers. Next week, from 3 – 7 May 2016, the second edition will showcase craftsmanship from around the world through a journey-of-discovery programme of 129 events across the city, featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. Visitors will be able to see world-class fragrances being developed scent by scent, diamonds being cut and polished, porcelain being hand painted, silver being shaped, glass being mouth blown and Chinese calligraphy being performed live – all against the backdrop of London in all its vitality, from Selfridges to Chelsea Physic Garden, from Mayfair to SE27.
The aim of London Craft Week is to shine a spotlight on the best craftsmanship from around the world, featuring luxury brands from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Graham & Brown to Holland & Holland. Two master craftsmen, a watchmaker and enameller demonstrate the skills required in fine watchmaking at the Vacheron Constantin boutique. Grosvenor launches The Grosvenor Series showcasing London’s finest craftsmanship with a series of events across Mayfair and Belgravia, including a ‘Window with a view on Pimlico Road’. Meanwhile, Mulberry will host a celebration of the arrival of the new Johnny Coca design for The Clifton, which is made at their Somerset factories, and Asprey’s homeware designer, Hakan Rosenius, will host an event to showcase Asprey’s long heritage and current collection of barware.
Linley celebrates its 30th anniversary with an artist installation by Michael Eden. The British Fashion Council’s Headonism makers, together with renowned milliners Noel Stewart and Piers Atkinson, at The Dorchester Hotel present the opportunity to buy a bespoke hat, while shoe designer Georgina Goodman takes over Black’s Private Member Club with an installation and pop-up shop. Fashion designers Hussein Chalayan and Alice Temperley will be at Selfridges to discuss ‘The Making Behind Fashion’. Royal Warrant printers Barnard & Westwood will be hosting tours of their factory with demonstrations of die stamping, letterpress and embossing before foil blocking your own London Craft Week notebook.
There will also be a chance to catch independent makers such as Julian Stair, Alison Britton and Kate Malone talking across various London venues, while artists such as Danny Lane (top) and Simon Moore open their workshops to the public. London Craft Week also presents behind-the-scene tours of collective studios including Standpoint Studios, Vanguard Studios, Second Floor Studios & Arts, Crafts Central and Cockpits Arts as well as individual maker’s workshops such as furniture makers David Gates and Rachael South and silversmiths Smith & Harris, who have completed commissions for artists Anish Kapoor and Marc Quinn.
And if that weren’t enough, London’s landmark institutions will be offering behind-the-scenes tours to look at ‘The Making Behind Buildings’, including The Royal Opera House and The Tower of London, while artist demonstrations and installations will be presented at The British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Design Museum, Geffrye Museum, The William Morris Gallery, Sir John Soane’s Museum and Science Museum. London Craft Week will also be celebrating special moments such as HM The Queen’s 90th birthday with visits to the Patey Hat Factory, the hatters who make the Brigade of Guards’ bearskins, and the saddlers of the King’s Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery at Woolwich Barracks. There is also a chance to get the inside track on the making of costumes used in Game of Thrones or King Arthur in a tour of Angels Costumes, recent winners of a BAFTA award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
World-class chefs demonstrate craftsmanship in the context of food, such as knife-making with Mark Hix at his carving dinner, eating off specially commissioned ceramic plates in the company of Skye Gyngell at Spring Restaurant, and off custom-made wooden spoons and bowls with Stevie Parle at CRAFT restaurant.
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