Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, London Craft Week brings together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.
This week-long event, hosted in London from 9 – 15 May this year, features activities across the city that aim to tell the complex stories behind crafted objects against a backdrop of performances and meeting places where visitors can listen, eat, drink and, in some cases, craft things themselves.
A curated selection based not on price or fame, but underlying substance, this year’s event features work by more than 765 artists and makers working in every area from heritage skills to material innovation. This year’s programme also celebrates the international craft community – including the launch of country pavilions.
Here’s our pick of some of the upcoming events and exhibitions to look out for…
The Mills Fabrica
Innovation partner, The Mills Fabrica, will present a programme of shows, demonstrations and workshops, including the first exhibition of Circulose® by Renewcell, a cellulose material made from 100 per cent recycled textile waste.
Other Mills Fabrica highlights include The Urban Fungariam, which will explore the possibilities of the cultivation of mushrooms as an alternative to manmade materials, and an installation looking at the versatility of linen, an inherently low-impact fabric.
Natural and Recycled: The Sustainable Future of Fabrics
This collaborative exhibition between Dodds & Shute and Yarn Collective aims to help raise awareness of sustainable innovation, imagination and products in the design sector, with a special focus on textiles.
Yarn Collective creates natural and recycled textiles while still supplying fabrics of the highest quality. Its recycled textile collections, Albee, Molly and Jack – all on display over the week – are beautifully woven with recycled cotton from the fashion industry.
Dodds & Shute is a design-led procurement practice, delivering aspirational furniture to luxury interiors. It specialises in providing a tailored service to each of its clients, focusing on sustainability, cost planning and design consultancy, and is dedicated to sourcing the most sustainable products.
Country Pavilion: Norway
PYTON is a multidisciplinary exhibition platform and artist group in Oslo showcasing historic and contemporary Norwegian craft, art and design that are pioneering within their field.
For London Craft Week 2022, by invitation of Norwegian Crafts, Richard Øiestad and Are Blytt from the PYTON team curate an exhibition in Gallery 5 at Cromwell Place. The gallery space is divided into several room typologies as a nod to the apartment it once was, using this as a catalytic idea for creating a stage for Norwegian art and design from the 20th century to the ultra-contemporary.
Plant Explorations at The New Craftsmen
To mark their 10-year anniversary, The New Craftsmen has invited their makers to reflect upon, and take inspiration from, the evolution and uses of their craft along with the skill and imagination of makers across the centuries, and respond by creating their own unique pieces.
Weaver Catarina Riccabona, woodworkers Takahashi McGil and Cyriaque Ambroise and basketmakers Annemarie O’Sullivan and Tim Johnson responded to plant-related objects from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
‘Plant Explorations’ delves into the making traditions centralised around plants, and humanity’s ever resourceful, ingenious and imaginative approach to finding practical and beautiful solutions for their needs.
From Tree to Table
On Wednesday 11 May, social enterprise and furniture makers Goldfinger host a launch event including a panel discussion, ‘From Tree to Table’. The discussion is chaired by Roddy Clarke, a journalist and speaker striving towards a circular economy, focusing his work on what true sustainability really means today.
Panellists include Marie Carlisle, CEO and co-founder of Goldfinger; Bruce Saunders, founder of Saunders Seasonings, an award-winning timber business based in London and Essex who produce low-carbon timber from trees felled in and around London; and Darren Appiagyei, a woodturner working with fallen trees.
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