During London Craft Week, embrace the sheer reach, diversity and serendipity that London offers as one of the world’s greatest creative capitals. From hands-on workshops to culinary masterclasses and tastings, engage with extraordinary craftsmanship while learning skills and techniques directly from artists-makers-designers.
Find out more about the workshops and culinary experiences taking place during LCW 2022 below.
Image: Porta Romana
Monday 9 May
At 3pm, Porta Romana present a unique lampshade making workshop at Kingcome on Fulham Road. During the two hour session, participants will be guided to make their own lampshade utilising beautiful Colefax and Fowler fabrics. This is the perfect introduction for anyone wanting to try their hand at lampshade making. Book now.
From 6–7.30pm, The Fabricant host an interactive session on digital fashion at Central Saint Martins in King’s Cross. What does the fashion industry of tomorrow look like? How will digital innovation, collaboration and co-creation shape the future of fashion? In this workshop discover how you can become part of the digital era in fashion design. Book now.
Image: Hand & Lock
Tuesday 10 May
Hand & Lock opens its doors to the public to offer an insight into Britain’s oldest embroidery house and host a goldwork taster class on Tuesday 10 May at 2–5pm, working with gold metal bullions. Book now.
In King’s Cross, Spiritland and Audemus Spirits collaborate on an evening of music, gin and cocktail making, starting at 6pm. Learn how to make craft cocktails at home and discover the importance of using great ingredients. Make and try a seasonal negroni and other gin cocktails, soundtracked by a Spiritland selector. Book now.
From 6pm, visit The Drop wine bar in Coal Drops Yard, who have teamed up with award-winning South African winery, Journey’s End, to host a South African braai and wine tasting ‘drop-in’ evening. Book now.
At 6.30pm, D.R. Harris & Co. hosts an exclusive masterclass at their St James’s store. Hear about the history of the brand and find out what makes them specialists in traditional gentleman’s grooming while enjoying exclusive cocktails and tastings from Rémy Martin, infused with The Original Pick-Me-Up, D.R. Harris’ famous morning reviver reimagined as cocktail bitters. Book now.
From 7–8.30pm, Sarabande Foundation presents a Shadow Puppet Workshop with Kirico Ueda. Kirico is a multidisciplinary artist who is fascinated by the magical and primitive power of folktales, myths and theatre. With the lights low and the shadows high, join a workshop guiding you in the creation of your very own shadow puppet. Book now.
Image: Beaverbrook Town House
Wednesday 11 May
From 9am, join creative agency Heaps + Stacks at Shreeji Newsagent on Chiltern Street, where they are examining coffee and craft. Explore the hidden gallery space where guests can view and take part in live demonstrations hosted by unique crafting talent. Find out more.
At 10am and 2pm, Colorifix and creative resident Ruth Lloyd present a hands-on screen-printing workshop at The Mills Fabrica using bacterial pigment technology. This experience aims to introduce sustainable, biological colour systems to the public and communicate their creative potential both for the industry and for individual designers and practitioners. Find out more.
From 12.30pm, join Tanner Krolle in The Butterfly Room at Beaverbrook Town House for an exclusive, intimate event hosted by Creative Director, Tabitha Simmons. Ten guests will enjoy a private Japanese dining experience, whilst delving deep into the history and craftsmanship of British luxury travel trunks, before having the chance to personalise a leather gift of their choice. Book now.
Make your own scatter cushion from natural materials, in the heritage interiors of Burgh House, Hampstead, with upholsterer Vanessa Butt. Starting at 1pm, the workshop will provide participants with an introduction to natural upholstery materials and guide you through the creation of a luxuriously soft and supportive cushion inner. Book now.
Celebrate the craft of English wine with Highweald Wine Estate at Mortimer House at 6pm. Learn about the rise of the English wine industry and the artistry behind creating the hero style of wine that put England on the map: traditional method sparkling. Book now.
At 6pm, Planque presents the ceramic artworks of potter and chef Alisdair Brooke-Taylor of @natural.ceramics. During the event, Planque’s head sommelier James Lewis guides guests on an exploration of the unique connection between each wine and their terroir, while discussing with Alisdair his process and approach to creating. Book now.
From 6.30–8.30pm, British fashion designer Daniel Fletcher guides a patchwork scraps workshop at The Ned, where participants are shown various forms of patchworking and ways to recycle leftover fabrics and materials. Find out more.
On the evening of Wednesday 11 May, textile artist Lora Avedian is at Smythson Sloane Street to share her craft. At 7pm, she hosts an interactive creative workshop in-store, where visitors can create their own abstract textile artwork using Smythson leathers. Book now.
Image: Earl of East
Thursday 12 May
From 10am–2pm, embroidery artist Jung Byun hosts an introductory workshop on three-dimensional hand embroidery, called stumpwork, at The Fashion School in Chelsea. Learn how to make a wearable flower pin from fabric and wire. Book now.
Leading British designer of luxury womenswear, Anna Mason London, have partnered with pioneering fabric resale platform Haines Collection to present a lampshade making and fabric upcycling workshop led by Anna Mason and Jules Haines from 2pm, using offcuts from Anna Mason’s fashion collections. Book now.
Enter ‘The Laboratorium of Wonders’ at Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella at 3pm and 4.30pm and experience the expertise behind fragrance composition. Discover the unique raw ingredients, preparation processes and legendary tales that make each Firenze 1221 Edition fragrance a unique artefact. Book now.
At 5pm, join BIOHM, a leading pioneer in the research and development of bio-based materials, in this part-learning, part-making workshop at The Mills Fabrica and discover how waste is transformed into completely new materials. Book now.
The Dorchester hosts an intimate wine tasting in partnership with Richard Brendon at 5pm, showcasing the full Jancis Robinson Collection in the best possible way with a tasting of seven wines, served alongside a selection of canapés. Book now.
From 5–6pm, join Earl of East in Coal Drops Yard as one of their expert candle makers takes participants through the step-by-step process of making your very own scented 6oz soy wax candle, sharing hints and tips on the creation of the perfect fragrance. Book now.
Go behind the scenes of the hidden gems of Princes Arcade in St James’s London from 6–8pm. Join us for an evening celebrating the best of creativity and craftsmanship, as the elegant boutiques open their doors after-hours for masterclasses and demonstrations accompanied by exclusive cocktails from the House of Rémy Martin. Book now.
At 6pm, Daylesford Pimlico hosts Charlotte Lawson Johnston and Kate Turnbull of Cloth Collective for a botanical cloth hand-dyeing workshop, using organic flowers from Daylesford’s market garden. Book now.
Luxury British interiors brand House of Hackney and ceramics artist Freya Bramble-Carter join up to host an intimate hand-sculpting workshop inspired by a joint muse: Mother Nature. From 6.30–9pm, join Freya at House of Hackney’s new home, St Michael’s in Old Street, for an intimate pottery workshop. Find out more.
Why not try your hand at a centuries-old technique for decorating ceramics? VitrA Bathrooms is teaming up with the Kiln Rooms to host an Iznik-style pottery-painting workshop at 6.30pm, held at VitrA London’s Clerkenwell Design Hub. Find out more.
From 6.30–8pm, join Borough Kitchen at their Islington Square cook school for an interactive, skills-based workshop about the most important tool in your kitchen: a good, sharp knife. Book now.
Discover the flavours of Japan at Islington hotspot JIJI during an evening of sake tasting with KANPAI, paired with mouthwatering dishes. Starting at 7.30pm, enjoy a delicious three-course meal plus a round of sushi rolls alongside three different sake flavours from KANPAI. Book now.
Image: Joao Maraschin
Friday 13 May
The Royal School of Needlework and The Courtauld partner on a canvaswork hand-embroidery class inspired by a stunning floral-back chair from the museum’s Bloomsbury Room. This one-day class is held at the gallery on Friday 13 May from 10am–4pm. Book now.
Visit The Fashion School in Chelsea, a hub of responsible fashion, at 10am, and learn different techniques to mend your clothing. This event is aimed at encouraging repairing and upcycling instead of throwing away. Book now.
Join pioneering designer Joao Maraschin at The Mills Fabrica at 10am and 2pm and knit your own beanie from scratch with upcycled material. Get to work with a repurposed cotton shirting and learn more about the background of Joao’s practice. Book now.
At 6pm, discover the Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse vision and travel around the world through flavours and aromas at their Coal Drops Yard store. Explore the delights of their single-origin and flavoured ganaches, pralinés ‘à l’ancienne’ and chocolate-covered candied fruits. Find out more.
From 7–7.45pm and 8–8.45pm, join an interactive and sensory tasting with Rémy Martin’s Brand Ambassador Jack Charlton at Paxton & Whitfield, who will guide you through different servings of Cognac paired with artisan cheeses, which are aged to perfection in cellars underneath Jermyn Street. Book now.
Saturday 14 May
From 10am–2pm, join Cubitts at their new state-of-the-art workshop for a day of spectacle making. Hosted by their studio team, participants become trainee spectacle makers, taken through the process to create your own handmade frame. Book now.
Designer Bookbinders presents a day of creative, practical bookbinding workshops suitable for all abilities. Whether you are an artist, writer, or simply a lover of beautiful books, come and learn this exciting and creative craft. Book now.
Be inspired by Keats House through a creative workshop with artist Elaine Duigenan at 11am and 2.30pm. Learn how Keats’ poetry was informed by his knowledge of plants and go home with your own artwork made with flowers. Book now.
At City & Guilds of London Art School, learn the traditional process of ‘blind printing’ with the head of printmaking, Jason Hicklin, who is leading a series of short, hands-on workshops during the day. At 2pm, join a free talk and tasting with Fabal Lager in the Courtyard. Book now.
Celebrate artisanal hand-making techniques with designer Clara Pinto, who is leading a crystal embroidery workshop at 1.30pm at the Argentine Ambassador’s Residence, surrounded by her FW22 collection which pays tribute to organic British wool, traditional tailoring and innovative degradable bio-plastics. Book now.
Are your leather shoes looking a bit tired and worn out? The experts at English shoemaker Joseph Cheaney & Sons are here to help with their free polishing masterclass from 4–5pm in the surroundings of their beautiful shop in Coal Drops Yard. Book now.
Image: Joy Yamusangie
Sunday 15 May
To complement Joy Yamusangie’s exhibition ‘Feeling Good’, at NOW Gallery, PRIM is offering an interactive workshop designed to provide illustrators with insights and tools to earn commissions in publishing. This free two-hour workshop from 11am–1pm will provide all the tips you need to be a book cover designer. Book now.
Morley College London presents a day of interactive craft workshops led by well-known artisans and makers, including calligraphy, wire sculpture and drypoint printmaking classes. Book now.
Image: Ice Cream Union
Throughout the Week
Daily from 11am–12pm on Monday 9 – Friday 13 May, join Alex Fubini, founder and MD at the Ice Cream Union, for an informal chat and ice-cream tasting. Get an insight into how truly artisanal ice creams are made, and taste all 20 flavours available on the day. Find out more.
TOAST has collaborated with textile artist Jacob Monk to present an ikat exhibition at their Newburgh Street, Carnaby menswear shop, where Jacob is hosting paper-weaving workshops throughout the week to demonstrate different techniques and experiment with composition, pattern and colour. Find out more.
On Tuesday 10, Thursday 12 and Saturday 14 May, join a perfume workshop at 4160Tuesdays’ studio in Hammersmith, a former Victorian builders’ yard. Unusually for 21st-century perfume, this is home to every stage of the fragrance creation: concept, trials, compounding every batch, maturing, blending in organic grain ethanol, maceration, filtering, bottling, packing and writing notes to customers. Book now.
On Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 May from 6.30–9pm, Gabriel Scott host maker Candice Lau at their Mayfair showroom to learn the traditional art of leatherwork. Use the method of saddle stitching to make your own small leather card holder from vegan leather. Book now.
Oxo Tower-based wagumi offers workshops in Japanese crafts for London Craft Week, from Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 May. Learn the ancient art of Kintsugi, which gives broken ceramics a beautiful afterlife, or get an introduction to the processes of crafting Japanese incense, with the opportunity to make your own. Book now.
American Vintage in Old Spitalfields Market hosts award-winning textile artist Alice Burnhope for two workshops on Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 May exploring upcycling, customisation and repair. Using unwanted end-of-line items or pieces in need of love or repair, the workshops demonstrate how using embroidery, appliqué and darning techniques can breathe new life into items we’d otherwise discard. Book now.
A pop-up at Old Spitalfields Market includes practical workshops on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 May that offer a glimpse into the creative process of artist Nicholas Hughes, who uses drawing, block printing and storytelling to make handmade wallpapers, prints and illustrations. Book now.
The Experimental Weave Lab is presenting a special programme of events and an exhibition exploring the rare and fascinating world of handmade passementerie. A series of immersive craft workshops taking place from Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 May explore the art of contemporary handmade passementerie. Find out more.
‘Colour Theatre: Taiwanese Fibre Crafts’, presented by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, invites fibre artists, master craftspeople and craft groups to create dyed and woven works using colours typically found in Taiwan. Alongside the exhibition, a series of workshops from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 May will teach indigo and soil dyeing techniques. Book now.
On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, join a masterclass at Salvatore Ferragamo with a silk expert and hear about the brand’s signature passion for silk and discover 100 ways to style this most coveted of accessories. Book now.
Take part in one of Craft Central’s special workshops during London Craft Week, running on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May. From jesmonite casting to the art of drawing with fire, get inspired and learn a new skill. Book now.
Enrich your drawing skills by learning the subtle art of Japanese ink painting at the Royal Academy of Arts. This weekend course, taking place each day from 10.30am–5.30pm, considers the traditional subject matter of sumi-e: the natural world. Find out more.
Throughout the week, Yunus Emre Institute explores the craft of Turkish food through masterclasses, demonstrations, workshops, talks and more. Indulge in tantalising dishes and tour the diverse cuisine of Turkey with world-class chefs and food writers. Book now.
Featured Image courtesy of Hand & Lock
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