Vanessa Swann, CEO Cockpit Arts selects
“One of the benefits of London Craft Week is getting to know who is who and who is doing what, especially within the independent and contemporary craft field. The many independent craftspeople, patrons and advocates of British craft, and the support organisations are part of a growing network that you can be part of and in your own way help stimulate the UK craft economy, socially culturally and economically.”
Bamford and Sebastian Cox present light, perfectly balanced pieces of suspended sculpture, handcrafted from English wood and spilling over with native flowers and leaves. These pieces capture the essence of biophilic design and create a sense of well-being and calm.
The British Ceramics Biennial and sponsor Johnson Tiles present (UN)WOVEN, an exploratory and material-specific presentation of 2017 AWARD-winning artist Tana West at Material Lab. They also announce new developments and opportunities for the BCB’s headline exhibition AWARD.
Bill Amberg Studio curates an exhibition of fine leatherwork at the Leathersellers’ Hall. This exhibition pairs unique and historically important pieces from the National Leather Collection with their contemporary equivalents, reflecting on the enduring qualities and appeal of this remarkable material.
Dovecot’s weavers discuss Chris Ofili’s The Caged Bird’s Song, the tapestry commissioned by The Clothworkers’ Company. Hear how they translated Ofili’s watercolour into woven wool in a lunchtime talk or attend a masterclass and try weaving on a sample loom.
Craftspeople from QEST and the Heritage Crafts Association demonstrate an array of skills, with opportunities for visitors to join in. Furniture maker and designer John Makepeace OBE also gives a talk on how he made the Master’s Chair for the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, followed by a champagne reception.