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Why has nobody thought to organise a dedicated week to celebrate craft in London before?

 

From the tinkers and tailors to the candlestick makers, London has long been home to much exemplary craftsmanship. In recent years, too, advances in technology and a wealth of innovation have pushed the (handmade, letterpressed) envelope to exhilarating new heights. Having proved itself world class when it comes to design, jewellery, fashion and art (which each already have their own weeks) London’s inaugural Craft Week seems long overdue.

But on the other hand, it’s only recently that we have relearned an appreciation for this industry. For too long the word ‘craft’ has taken a back seat to bling, and only in the last few years (happily) has our newfound fascination with process and respect for heritage and provenance begun to redefine the term “luxury”. This, for me, is exactly what will make the week so unmissable. And I know I’m not alone in looking forward to celebrating bespoke, creative and rarified skills across the city.

Henrietta Thompson
Editor at Large – Wallpaper

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