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  • Prototypes by Granby Workshop, which will be at Coal Drops Yard

15 events not to miss at London Craft Week

From exhibitions and workshops to discussions about the rise of technology in making

Coal Drops Yard

A new retail development in King’s Cross designed by Thomas Heatherwick will host a series of events and displays, including a new collection of ceramic bottles, cups and jars by Liverpool’s Granby Workshop – the brainchild of Assemble studio – and a series of experimental fabric-dyeing workshops aimed at students at retailer, Store.

Various locations, N1C

Still from Ngayuku Papa: Bluey and Big Boy by Tjanpi Desert Weavers, 2018, featured in Real to Reel

Real to Reel film festival 

The fourth edition of the UK’s first film festival devoted to craft – hosted by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine – will explore the human relationship with making and materials. Among the highlights are Stems, a Bafta award-winning stop-motion animation by filmmaker Ainslie Henderson and musician Poppy Ackroyd, and a film about India-born Vidya Thirunarayan, who interweaves dance and clay. The finale, photographer David Penny’s multi-screen installation Screen for Another Focus, will take place off site at the industrial setting of London’s Oxo Tower Wharf.

Picturehouse Central, W1D/ Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1

The Future of Craft

At Oxo Tower Wharf on the South Bank, a programme of exhibitions and events will take place across five floors of raw industrial space. Textiles, furniture, ceramics, lighting and metalwork will be on display, including installations by Margo Selby, Helen Yardley, Jo Davies Ceramics and Barnaby Goode. A talks programme will explore how craft can be applied in fields such as surgery or dance, or to transform the lives of ordinary people, among other subjects. 

Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1

Craft Recoded

Makerversity at Somerset House will host a series of demonstrations, workshops and tours that will consider the role of technology in craft. Demonstrations, workshops and tours will showcase the changing relationship between the digital and the handmade, including Heleen Sintobin’s vegetable-tanned leather pieces and Jacob Boast’s experimental process of wire-forming. Discussions will centre on the potential of automated processes in textile design and the future of wearable tech, among other subjects.

Somerset House, WC2R

Christopher Kurtz, Smoked Vessel, 2019, American black walnut, scorched finish with linseed oil, featured in the exhibition Scorched at Fitzrovia Chapel. Image Andy Wainwright

Scorched

London Craft Week has invited gallerist Sarah Myerscough to curate an exhibition in which a series of artists including Nic Webb, Peter Marigold and Alison Crowther put a contemporary spin on yakisugi, the 18th-century Japanese technique of charring wood to make it more durable.

Fitzrovia Chapel, W1T

The Materiality of Mosque and Church

Shahed Saleem, architect of the Shahporan Mosque in Hackney, and Alex Sherratt, who designed the Mildmay Shoreditch Tabernacle, offer tours of their structures and share their approaches to creating these religious buildings that strive to capture a sense of community through architecture and materiality.

Shahporan Masjid And Islamic Centre Trust, E2

Talks

Talks are taking place across the city – among them is a panel discussion at the Sarabande Foundation about the handing down of skills featuring Dutch ceramics and porcelain artist Bouke de Vries, director of Tees Valley Arts James Beighton and its artists-in residence Castro Smith and Esna Su. At the office of the Secretary of State for Wales, jeans brand Hiut Denim will discuss its efforts to revive the making traditions of the Welsh town of Cardigan. Meanwhile, jeweller Ruth Tomlinson will outline the complexities of luxury craft and commercial jewellery design, as well as giving a tour of her workshops at Hatton Place. 

Various locations

Gallery LVS at Dover Street Market

As part of its efforts to give a platform to Korean artists on the world stage, the Seoul-based gallery will bring a selection of contemporary Korean craft to the London concept store.

Dover Street Market, SW1Y 

Items by Charlotte Kingsnorth at New Craftsmen

Process Lichen & Other Matter

‘We’re showing the work of makers who hack traditional processes and materials,’ says The New Craftsmen’s Yelena Ford. Industrial designer Charlotte Kingsnorth has created patinated bronze furniture inspired by lichen fungi, developed by layering chemicals and pigments to a heated bronze surface. She has co-curated the exhibition, introducing new makers to the North Row space who challenge and subvert preconceptions of craft.

New Craftsmen, W1K

Paul Smith at 1882 Ltd

Ceramics brand 1882 Ltd strives to champion the British makers, and its latest collection of fine bone china by designer Paul Smith will highlight the industrial heritage craft skills of Stoke-on-Trent. 

Paul Smith, W1S
 
Cox London: A Passion for Bronze – Making the Mould

The lighting and furniture brand demonstrates the journey of realising items in bronze through the work of its artists Christopher and Nicola Cox, who have been working on a new chair inspired by ocean swells. An exhibition of drawings, maquettes and finished work will be accompanied by demonstrations of mould-making.

Cox London, SW1W

Mount Street 

A series of collaborations in Mayfair aim to give makers a platform in the luxury sphere: Christian Louboutin is working with Portuguese paint and lacquer expert Pedro da Costa Felgueiras; eyewear brand Linda Farrow will show off work by British sculptor Dominic J. McHenry; and Roksanda will host porcelain and stoneware by Danish ceramist Christine Roland. 

Various locations, W1K

Work by Celia Pym at Toast

Toast and Celia Pym’s Mend Project

Artist Celia Pym is interested in the longevity of garments. For this exhibition, she will display repaired sweaters designed by the fashion brand Toast, alongside the histories of the objects, interrogating our relationship with our worn and damaged clothing. 

Toast, W11

LOT 1 at Retrouvius

LOT 1 is a collection of three objects made through a collaboration between jewellers Sarah Pulvertaft and Jed Green, and embroiderer Beatrice Mayfield. Using a range of materials – precious and non-precious, resistant and non-resistant, uncommon and everyday – they each worked on an item before passing it on to the next person, with little discussion informing each subsequent response. An installation of the results will sit alongside new work by each of the artists. 

Retrouvius, NW10

Heal’s X Gifu craft market

For this year’s Modern Craft Market, retailer Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road has brought 13 designers and makers from Japan’s Gifu Prefecture to present a collection of ceramics, furniture, knives and washi paper. Workshops will allow you to engage with the process of creating these finely crafted objects.

Heal’s W1T

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