London Craft Week, the ‘beyond luxury’ showcase, celebrated the opening of its second edition on Wednesday 4 May at the V&A with many guests from the creative and luxury industries.
Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of LOEWE, awarded Alison Britton OBE RA the first London Craft Week Medal for exceptional craftsmanship & creativity. This medal will be awarded once a year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to craft and to the arts. Little Halstock created a beautiful Sycamore and book matched burr walnut box which was awarded to Alison Britton last night, Vacheron Constantin will be designing the medal.
Everyone enjoyed an exclusive performance by renowned Chinese big brush calligrapher Professor Wang Dongling as well as viewing work created especially for London Craft Week by Karen Bit Vejle. Professor Wang Dongling’s work was gratefully accepted into the V&A’s Chinese collections by Bill Sherman, the V&A’s Director of Research and Collections.
Guests in attendance at the reception included; Jonathan Anderson (Creative Director LOEWE), Ozwoeld Boating OBE, (fashion designer), David Linley (founder, Linley); Alison Britton (ceramicist), Kate Malone (BBC’s The Great Pottery Throw Down), Junko Mori (artist), alongside representatives from founding partners Vacheron Constantin and sponsors Grosvenor and Mulberry as well as programme partners including museums and galleries, studios and workshops.