Saturday began with a team catch up over some breakfast early in the morning in Farringdon before we all split up to cover our various duties for the day. Running the social media for a project like this means you’re often married to your computer and mobile phone being as reactive from a remote location as you can to all the flurry of activity across the internet. London Craft Week has been a joy to work on though as I have also been sent to events and exhibitions around the capital to report live and meet the people involved face to face, it’s been the perfect example of how the virtual world of social media and real first hand interactions meet.
My brief but enjoyable encounter for Saturday was to pop into the Crypt Gallery and take in the Make Create exhibition. A cavernous underground setting that feel like it ought to be filled with the interned bodies of noblemen of another century is instead home to an odd assortment of art such as a golden brick gleaming in a polystyrene wall and a doll being clawed at by terrifying clay hands. This exhibition was certainly one of the more left-field things I’d seen at LCW15.
The rest of my day was spent where I could get reliable WIFI and putting my self dead centre of the murmuration of tweets that were flying around the twittersphere and watching the week come to life in the words of the craftsmen and the audience London Craft Week had brought to them.
First stop was the RSA Innovation Hub at Fab Lab London. I never knew anything like this existed, what a fantastic resource that anyone can go and use, with 3D printing machines, laser cutters and the like. I used the laser cutter to etch a glass jar, and fashioned a necklace out of old computer parts- felt very creative!
Next up was Wyvern Bindery, a gem of a shop in Clerkenwell, where we had the opportunity to gold foil and stamp our own bookmarks, much harder than it looked.
Lots of fun but had to scoot over to Knightsbridge, where I joined the Crafting London- Sloane Street tour with the lovely Penelope from Fox and Squirrel, visiting Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Smythson to learn more about the craftsmanship of their signature products.