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Funding won for the Crafted City

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Glassware by Michael Ruh and Stewart Hearn. Courtesy of CAA

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Contemporary Applied Arts and London Craft Week has won funding from the Arts Council England for the Crafted City, an exciting public commission.

This May, The Crafted City will spring up from Bankside to house an array of informative and interactive events. This joint initiative, generously funded by Arts Council England, will centre around the construction of a purpose-built pavilion situated at Contemporary Applied Arts in the Borough of Southwark, an area renowned for its tin-glazed pottery, glass and leather tanning – materials which will be interwoven throughout both the making of the pavilion and the activities to which it will play host during the week.

This innovative and elegant pavilion will perfectly encapsulate the ethos of London Craft Week, offering an elegant and flexible space from which to showcase exemplary skills, whilst serving as a craft object in and of itself. Designed and made by leading local makers, working across a range of disciplines, The Crafted City will offer a flexible space for audiences to meet, talk, learn about and explore craft, whilst serving as a hub from which one can explore the week’s other activities dotted throughout the capital and highlighting the richness and diversity of London’s many creative neighbourhoods. London’s proud heritage as a continuing creative incubator will shine through all elements of the project and visitors will benefit from a dynamic and engaging programme of talks, demonstrations and making sessions. 

Christine Lalumia, Executive Director of Contemporary Applied Arts added, “Our maker members are using ancient skills, many of which are in danger of being lost forever, and interpreting them in their own unique voice and in contemporary idiom. The results are often both stunning and thought-provoking.”

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Insiders Guide to London Craft Week

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Wednesday 16 March 2016
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Each week we will share the trending events and advice from our friends. This is the first instalment and although primarily for those interested in fashion, film, theatre or jewellery there is also much else besides. 

 

Fashion

The Making Behind Fashion at Selfridges

Hussein Chalayan & Alice Temperley discuss the use of craft techniques in fashion.

Thu 5 May, 6.30–8.00pm, 30 places £30 + vat

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Edwina Ibbotson and Rachel Trevor Morgan at the Dorchester

Tea, talk and hats on view with Milliners Edwina & Rachel Trevor Morgan

Wed 4 May, 3.00–4.00pm, 20 places, £30 + vat

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Theatre and Film

Making Shakespeare’s Globe

A tour of the famous reconstruction with a focus on craftsmanship.

Thu 5 May, 10.45am, 25 places, £20 + vat

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The Making of Film: Game of Thrones & King Arthur

BAFTA winner Angels open up their costume workshops and warehouse.

Wed 4 May, 11.00am–1.30pm, 30 places, £20 + vat

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Jewellery

Leo de Vroomen and Joanna Hardy on Jewellery

A discussion on jewellery trends, what pieces stand the test of time, as well as how to wear jewellery.

Wed 4 May, 6.00–7.00pm, 15 places, £20 + vat

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Concept to Creation with Stephen Webster

Stephen Webster opens his new boutique to showcase recent designs and talk about the creative process. Champagne reception.

Wed 4 May, 6.00–7.00pm, 20 places, £30 + vat

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The Ring with Elizabeth Gage

Join Elizabeth Gage at her salon in Belgravia for a glass of champagne as she talks about ‘The Ring’

Wed 4 May, 6.00–7.00pm, 8 places, £20 + vat

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Behind the Scenes Tours and Demonstrations:   

Barware at Asprey

Asprey’s Homeware designer Hakan Rosenius showcases a new collection of barware and cocktail shakers that inspired a new London Craft Week champagne. See the workshops and try the new cocktail.

Wed 3 May, 2.30-16.00, 25 places, £30 + vat

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Diamond Polishing and Cutting at Backes & Strauss

A rare opportunity to gain an exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into the high-skill-intensive processes that transform the hardest natural material into a polished gem.

Wed 4, Thu 5 & Fri 6 May, 3.00pm, 10 places, £15 + vat  

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Crafting Japan at Dartmouth House    

Four of Japan’s treasured cultural traditions are brought to London for the week, including Yamamotoyama who performs a tea ceremony, Kiya who demonstrates knife-sharpening, Ibasen who provides a display of fans, and Haibara who crafts Japanese Paper.

Thu 5 May, 11am and 4pm, 30 spaces, £20 + vat

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Workshops

Candle Chandlery with Rachel Vosper

This candle-making course with Rachel Vosper covers the history of candle chandlery and the basic skills needed to create a bespoke candle.

Thu 5 & Fri 6 May, 3.00pm, 8 places, £30 + vat

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Mixing a Scent at Ormonde Jayne

Join a master class in creating your own perfume to take home in a hand blown falcon.

Tue 3 May, 3.00pm, 6 people, £35 + vat

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Buy Bespoke or Commission:

How to Buy: The Bespoke Suit on Savile Row

Andy Barnham and Rupert Watkins, from Riddle magazine, lead a tour around Savile Row.

Wed 4 & Thu 5 May, 11.00am, 12 places, £20 + vat

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Sebastian Tarek Open Studio

Join specialist shoemaker Sebastian Tarek in his East End workshop to learn about the complete process of commissioning a pair of shoes

Sat 7 May, 11.00am, 8 places, £8 + vat

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An open-house event for Sugarhouse Studios, a creative workspace run by Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble. Explore work from a diverse range of artists, designers, fine furniture makers and more, plus clay workshops by Collective Matter and a stand for Granby Workshop.

 

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