Aside from our own event, there is so much happening across London between 8-12 May to celebrate the city’s exceptional craftsmanship, from hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated master, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.
We wanted to share some of our top picks from the programme:
- Cockpit Arts present: Form + Line at Fortnum & Mason, 2 – 19 May
Join Cockpit Arts at Fortnum & Mason to explore a collection of hand-crafted pieces by Cockpit artists and makers as part of Fortnum’s Made in London season. Featuring work by Majeda Clarke, Ute Decker, Jo Hayes Ward, Leah Jensen, Eleanor Lakelin, Fflur Owen and Matthew Warner using an eclectic range of materials each has distinctive take on line and form.
- Heal’s x Gifu Japanese Craft Market – until 20 May
The Heal’s x Gifu Japanese Craft Market showcases works from various independent makers from the Gifu Prefecture in central Japan, never before seen in the UK. Gifu culture is also celebrated with a series of workshops and events. The exhibition continues until Monday 20 May.
Championing craft and independent makers, the Heal’s Modern Craft Market returns to Heal’s Tottenham Court Road and heals.com from 30 April to 20 May 2019. This year the focus is on crafts from Gifu Prefecture in central Japan. One of Japan’s most picturesque regions, Gifu is home to a lively crafts scene with both traditional and modern makers. To discover the 13 exhibitors who will be selling their pieces at the market, the Heal’s buying team visited the region to immerse themselves in the rich culture and visited the various designers and makers from the region. The result is a comprehensive edit of the best of Gifu including ceramics, furniture, knives and of course the world famous Mino Washi paper.
- Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival 7-12 May
Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is back at Picturehouse Central for its fourth edition. Screening during London Craft Week, the festival continues its mission to celebrate the diversity of craft skills around the globe.
Two screenings on 7 and 8 May present a unique medley of heart-warming shorts, selected from an open call, that explore the human relationship with making and materials.
Real to Reel also present a special satellite event for this year’s festival, hosted at Future of Craft at Bargehouse. Screen for Another Focus by David Penny is an immersive, three screen installation blurring the boundaries between video and photography to interpret the extraordinary craftsmanship of the weavers at Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh. The Crafts Council has enabled the display of this exciting work in the raw, industrial setting of Bargehouse and you’ll find the installation up on the fourth floor.
More at Oxo Tower Wharf
As well as our brand new event, The Future of Craft at Bargehouse, there is plenty more to see at Oxo Tower Wharf during London Craft Week.
The Guild of Master Craftsmen take over gallery@oxo to promote and support British craft and its future. The exhibition will showcase quality and expertise across a range of traditional and contemporary crafts, including winning entries from the GMC Woodturner of the Year competition.
Join leading figures in British woodcraft industries who will present interactive, innovative activities for all ages. The Guild of Master Craftsmen hope this exhibition will encourage a creative and fresh approach, combining traditional skills with the innovation provided by an ever-changing technological landscape.
An exhibition showcasing metalwork by Ane Christensen and jewellery by Daphne Krinos, highlighting the common threads that run through both makers’ practices. Alongside finished pieces, the designers display models and objects that help reveal their making process.
Ane Christensen is an established designer-maker who uses metal to create strong sculptural vessels and wall pieces, collected worldwide.
Daphne Krinos is an award-winning studio jeweller whose work has acquired a reputation for its distinctive graphic quality.
Both makers share a common aesthetic and thinking about making. London Craft Week presented the perfect opportunity for these two makers to get together and showcase their work at Studio Fusion Gallery.
Conversation between the two makers led by Corinne Julius: 8 May 6-7pm Book here
wagumi’s popular kintsugi workshops offer the chance to connect with the Japanese art of repair. Kintsugi practitioner Iku Nishikawa gives an introduction to how, with traditional techniques, broken ceramics can attain a beautiful afterlife.
The moment of breakage can be a moment of beginning. This is part of the spirit which guides the Japanese craft of kintsugi, a process which uses lacquer, sealants and metal powder in the repair of broken items. More than just an act of repair however, kintsugi creates a new narrative on the impermanence of things by highlighting the lines on which they break. Humans are within nature and cannot control it, but they can adapt and create beauty when the chance arises – something that kintsugi embodies.
Iku Nishikawa is a practitioner in kintsugi, versed in its principles and techniques. During London Craft Week 2019, Iku offers simple introductions to the craft at the Wagumi shop at Oxo Tower Wharf.