We hope you have enjoyed the first few days of London Craft Week 2021! If you’re out and about this weekend, we’ve put together a selection of highlights from the programme of nearly 400 events taking place across London and online.
Explore Fabrica X at The Mills Fabrica
Fabrica X, London’s first concept store and innovation gallery, is presenting a showcase of demonstrations, workshops and retail experiences this weekend centred on sustainable innovations.
Join Helen Kirkum Studio in their pop-up workshop to learn about the process of bespoke sneaker creation, and discover ‘Collection 03 Imagined Communities’ by designer Joao Maraschin, whose community-led eponymous brand is focused on social design. Meanwhile Bananatex®, the world’s first durable, technical fabric made purely from the naturally grown Abacá banana plants, will have a selection of QWSTION bags, totes and sleeves available for purchase.
Kavita Parmar and Marcella Echavarria of XTANT have brought together a selection of heritage textile stories that honour the wisdom and know-how coded into the ancient language of weaving and craft traditions. Explore pieces made from mud silk, Harris Tweed wool icons and naturally dyed hats by milliner Ana Lamata.
Elsewhere, join The Mills Fabrica for the world premiere of the Mylo Consortium led by Bolt Threads, who make their patented mushroom leather for Adidas, Stella McCartney and Lululemon. Made from mycelium, Mylo is a soft, supple and sustainable alternative to leather. Meet Mylo™ and learn how Bolt Threads is advancing sustainable innovation and the circular economy.
Discover LOEWE’s Botanical Rainbow of Fragrances
LOEWE is highlighting the innovative and highly crafted nature of its Botanical Rainbow of fragrances by staging an installation of artworks and sculptural floral displays in the style of Sofu Teshigahara (1900 – 1979), Master of Ikebana, at their Grade II listed CASA LOEWE London flagship store.
Teshigahara’s imaginative and disruptive creations revolutionised the global practice, reach and relevance of Ikebana—the Japanese art of flower arranging—in the 1950s and 60s, and the Sogetsu School that he founded remains an influential force in the practice to this day.
His work encompassed unusual sculpted vases and found-object vessels, created for his displays, enhancing the light, refreshingly modern style of the botanical arrangements themselves.
Glass-Engraving at Purdey
Glass engraver Karl Palmer has been working with Purdey for over 15 years. Join him at Audley House and see this incredible skill up close. Find out more.
Serapian at B&B Italia
Visit the B&B Italia showroom and discover a new collaboration between Serapian and Azucena, two historical Milanese maisons. Find out more.
Innovation in Craft
The Innovation in Craft exhibition showcases Silverlining’s progressive ideas, craftsmanship and finishes in furniture through hand sketches and jewel-like material and finish samples. Find out more.
Brodie Neill: ReCoil
Design Tasmania presents a unique collaboration with acclaimed London-based Tasmanian designer Brodie Neill. Find out more.
Ruup & Form: Disobedient
Ruup & Form explores wearable sculptures with makers who are disobedient to their material, whether by material, technique or presentation. Find out more.
Explore the world of silver with Contemporary British Silversmiths in the setting of the Wellington Collection at Apsley House. Find out more.
Maker’s Eye: Stories of Craft
‘Maker’s Eye: Stories of Craft’ is the first exhibition in the new Crafts Council Gallery, celebrating the breadth and diversity of UK craft. Find out more.
Turkish Decorative Patterns
Visit Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, London, for a workshop to learn traditional geometric and floral patterns and create your own composition. Find out more.
Cynthia Corbett Gallery and Young Masters curator and judge Preston Fitzgerald present a showcase of past Young Masters winners and alumnae as well as new fresh diverse talent. Find out more.
Thrown presents a delayed celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Leach Pottery, St Ives, shwocasing the Leach studio team of today at The Old Brick Shop on Southwark Street. Find out more.
Featured Image: The Mills Fabrica
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