London Craft week runs from the 9 – 13th May, so we have a few weeks to go but some of the best events require booking in advance so best to check what you want to go to now. If you are unaware of London Craft Week but your into textiles and craftmanship then you’re in for a treat. LCW ‘showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands’.
I’ve compiled a list, in no particular order, of the events that seem most appealing.
Hand-Printed Wallpaper Demonstration with Allyson McDermott
Talk and Demonstration
Guests are invited to participate in demonstrations whilst Allyson discusses the techniques and technology behind her craft, tracking the processes involved in creating bespoke wallpapers from woodblock carving, pigment mixing, paper grounding and block printing.
Live Weaving by Christabel Balfour at the Barbican
Tapestry weaver Christabel Balfour creates a whole rug in the Barbican Shop over five days. Inspired by Yto Barrada’s Barbican exhibition Agadir, Christabel draws from Barrada’s multimedia practice, Moroccan textile traditions and the Barbican’s Brutalist architecture.
An Exploration of Textiles at Craft Central
Exhibition, Demonstrations & Workshops
Craft Central will be hosting 2 simultaneous live demonstrations in their impressive exhibition space of two Japanese textile art forms; Saori Weaving and Shibori dyeing. This is your chance to learn about the respective techniques, see it live in action, meet the makers, ask questions and have a go yourself.
The Creation of an Iconic Shoe at Vivienne Westwood
Drinks Reception & Installation
Vivienne Westwood hosts an exclusive evening celebrating the heritage and British craftsmanship of their iconic shoe collection, including the timeless Rocking Horse shoe and Pirate boots.
Modern Prêt-à-Couture at Delpozo
Exhibition & Talk
Discover Maria Svarbova’s photography series, which inspired Delpozo’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection ‘Musicalia’. Visit the London flagship to see the atelier embroiderers at work and sit down for a conversation on art, fashion and craftsmanship between Maria and Caroline Issa, Fashion Director of Tank Magazine.
There is loads more to explore, so get your LCW plan together and let us know which exhibitions, talks and demonstrations you are planning to go to.