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London Craft Week is Back Again

After the success of last year’s first edition, the London Craft Week opens again from 3rd to 7th May to showcase exceptional 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.

Karen Bit Vejle, Working towards The Paper Dialogues Project. London Craft Week 2016

After the success of last year’s first edition, the London Craft Week opens again from 3rd to 7th May to showcase exceptional 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. The aim is to experience the magic of true creativity, see what real quality means, meet some of the world’s most respected makers and artists and even have a go yourself. Visitors will 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 drawn live.

Vacheron Constantin, London Craft Week 2016
Making of Les Univers Infinis – Second set – Horseman
Wang Dong Ling, London Craft Week 2016
Wang Dong Ling, London Craft Week 2016

“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”, stated Guy Salter, Chairman.

1. Carina Ciscato Daybreak, variation II
Carina Ciscato Daybreak, variation II
8. Chris Keenan - celadon tea set with grey dots and wooden handle and tray h. 210mm
Chris Keenan – celadon tea set with grey dots and wooden handle and tray h. 210mm
11. Chris Keenan - tenmoku and celadon rocking bowls (h.95mm) - 2012-1
Chris Keenan – tenmoku and celadon rocking bowls (h.95mm) – 2012-1

The 2016 Programme shines a spotlight on outstanding craftsmanship from 17 countries around the world, featuring luxury brands such as CHANEL, Lalique, Carl Hansen & Son, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, LOEWE, Graham & Brown and Holland & Holland. Two master craftsmen, a watchmaker and enameller demonstrate the skills required in fine watchmaking at the Vacheron Constantin boutique. The Grosvenor launches The Grosvenor Series, showcasing London’s finest craftsmanship with a series of events across Mayfair & Belgravia, including a ‘Window with a view on Pimlico Road’. Mulberry will host (at their Bond Street store), a celebration of the arrival of the new Johnny Coca capsule collection for The Clifton, which is made in England at their Somerset factories. Asprey’s homeware designer, Hakan Rosenius, will host an event to showcase Asprey’s long heritage and current collection of barware, including cocktail shakers, thus inspiring a new London Craft Week champagne cocktail, to be served to audiences at the event. Linley celebrates its 30th anniversary with an art installation by Michael Eden. The British Fashion Council’s Headonism makers, together with renowned milliners Noel Stewart and Piers Atkinson, present the opportunity to buy a bespoke hat at The Dorchester Hotel, while shoe designer Georgina Goodman takes over Black’s Private Member Club with an installation and pop-up shop.

39. David Gates Perpetually Ajar
David Gates Perpetually Ajar
40. DAvid Gates FRom Greenwich to the Barrier
David Gates From Greenwich to the Barrier
41. David Gates Perpetually Ajar with Helen Carnac
David Gates Perpetually Ajar with Helen Carnac
42. David Gates Interlocutors Three Collecting Cabinets.
David Gates Interlocutors Three Collecting Cabinets

Independent makers such as Julian Stair, Alison Britton and Kate Malone will be talking across various London venues, while artists such as Danny Lane and Simon Moore open their workshops to the public. Furthermore, London Craft Week 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.

Officine Saffi, Simon Zsolt Jozsef & Sergio Sangalli, London Craft Week 2016
Officine Saffi, Simon Zsolt Jozsef & Sergio Sangalli, London Craft Week 2016
Pottery Workshop at China Design, London Craft Week 2016
Pottery Workshop at China Design, London Craft Week 2016
Ptolomy Man & MAT LAB, Scarpa Lifestyle, London Craft Week 2016
Ptolomy Man & MAT LAB, Scarpa Lifestyle, London Craft Week 2016

London Craft Week offers the opportunity to deconstruct contemporary everyday items such as the suit, dress, hat, shoe, knife or book and see how they are made. Some of London’s landmark institutions are 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 the Science Museum.

Noel Stewart, SS16, London Craft Week 2016
Noel Stewart, SS16, London Craft Week 2016

London Craft Week celebrates 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. Fortnum & Mason present a showcase of work by designers who have taken part in Walpole’s Crafted mentorship scheme and fashion designers Hussein Chalayan and Alice Temperley will be at Selfridges to discuss ‘The Making Behind Fashion’. 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 from custom-made wooden spoons and bowls with Stevie Parle at CRAFT restaurant.

London Craft Week. Michael Ruh Studio
London Craft Week. Michael Ruh Studio
London Craft Week. Rebus Signet Rings . Engraving-32 - Copy
London Craft Week. Rebus Signet Rings.
London Craft Week. Sebastian Tarek. 'holding hands'
London Craft Week. Sebastian Tarek. ‘holding hands’

This year, as well as featuring exceptional British artists, London Craft Week is also premiering national treasures from further afield including Professor Wang Dongling from China, who will be performing his large scale calligraphy at The British Museum; ceramicist Rafael Pérez from Spain exhibiting at the Contemporary Ceramics Centre; Officine Saffi and FattoAdArte (hosted by MADEINBRITALY) Italian galleries that will present pop up exhibitions, Karen Bit Vejle from Denmark whose intricate paper installations will be on view at the V&A and Skandium and pottery demonstrations by Jingdezhen artists at the China Design Centre. A conference at the Heritage Crafts Association brings international makers to London including Ritu Sethi from India and Eivind Falk from Norway. International films will be shown as part of the first annual UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts
Magazine, giving a platform to the wealth of films that explore themes of making, makers, materials and process.

For programme details and tickets, visit www.londoncraftweek.com

Seen this week

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MO-GA: Perfectly Imperfect

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Cocktails at the General Store

SEEN is tireless in her cocktail research, and very much enjoyed travelling to Highbury last week to try The General Store’s new summer cocktail menu and to check out the new interior. She was delighted to sample a Honey Mimosa, very sweet and fruity and just the ticket after a hot journey. It was, as its name suggests, a Mimosa with just a touch of honey.

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Canaletto: A Drawing Workshop with Alexandra Blum

SEEN has long been an admirer of Alexandra Blum’s liminal and apocalyptic renderings of London’s urban spaces, in which the capital seems ever-changing. It is the artist’s job to capture not only space but the passage of time itself.

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Rock the Strand is Back Thursday 27th July

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Love Hunt at the British Museum

SEEN had the pleasure (pun intended) of being invited to a ‘Love Hunt’ at the British Museum. The museum, founded in 1753, is committed to preserving art, culture and history, and has collected around 8 million objects. These artefacts come from every corner of the world, revealing a fragment of many significant moments in time, from Mesopotamia to the Vikings; from the Inuits to the Indians. So, when one embarks on a visit to the world famous British Museum, where does one start?