London Craft Week returns with a belting line up of talks, events, open studios, and exhibitions for design lovers to see across the capital from 3 May 2017.
Showcasing exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. Here's Creative Boom's top pick of events not to be missed. Please note, many of our suggestions require booking with limited places – so don't delay!
1. Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival
Real to Reel, the UK’s first festival dedicated to craft and moving image produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine. Forty-four films covering a range of styles from animation to satire, from documentaries to surreal art pieces will be shown at Picturehouse Central. As diverse as the films are, each looks at our relationship with materials and making in different ways.
3 - 4 May 2017 from 18.30 at Picturehouse Central, W1D | Find out more
2. Open Studios at the Goldsmith's Centre
The Goldsmiths’ Centre opens its doors to offer behind-the-scenes tours of established jewellery and silversmithing workshops and its training workspaces. Visitors are able to observe young apprentices and young designers at work.
3 - 4 May 2017 at Goldsmith's Centre, EC1M | Find out more
3. Mulberry: The Passion of Making
Visit Mulberry’s flagship store and see craftsmen and craftswomen from the brand’s two factories in Somerset demonstrate the making of its iconic handbag styles.
3 - 7 May 2017 at Mulberry, Mayfair, W1S | Find out more
4. British Fashion Council hosts Ralph & Russo
Caroline Rush, CEO, British Fashion Council talks to Ralph & Russo Director, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo about their designs, building their brand, and the studio where everything is made.
3 May 10.30-11.30 at Hotel Café Royal, W1B | Find out more
5. Experiments: Work of Young Craftsman of China at the China Design Centre
Curated by Caroline Cheng, this exhibition shows how artisans keep their craft alive while making work that reaches beyond tradition. There will be daily performances and demonstrations including leather shadow puppets, handmade ceramics, and 3D printing technology.
3 - 7 May between 10:00 and 17:00 at China Design Centre, WC1E | Find out more
6. LOEWE: This is Home
LOEWE: This is Home, will be installed on the fourth floor of the iconic London department store Liberty and is curated by Jonathan Anderson. The collection will show a range of objects from across craft disciplines including cane work, a star motif, English carpentry, and knitted murals to depict craft within the home.
Another highlight is a set of solid oak items designed by Anderson and manufactured in Yorkshire, by the company of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson, a fifth-generation furniture-maker known for a signature mouse that is carved into every piece it produces.
3 - 7 May between 10:00 - 20:00 at Liberty London, W1B | Find out more
7. Royal School of Needlework Open Studio at Philip Colbert
Inspired by the Post-Pop Art movement, artist Philip Colbert joins forces with the Royal School of Needlework to create a series of embroidered artworks in his signature style. The artworks are produced by the Royal School of Needlework throughout the course of the week at Colbert’s East London studio.
3 - 5 May from 10:00 until 18:00 at Philip Colbert, E1 | Find out more
8. On the Line: New perspectives on craft in Southeast Asia
The British Council presents an exhibition, curated by Martina Margetts, exploring craft through the practices of women in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. Featuring materials collected by Royal College of Art students and local researchers during recent takeovers. Exhibition continues until the 17 June.
4-6 May from 10:00 until 1800 at The Aram Gallery, WC2B | Find out more
9. Make Pigment Mixtures: Let's Paint the House in...
Interior designer Rachel Chudley discusses pigment making with colour expert Donald Kaufman. Her newly renovated house will be the backdrop of this experience where attendees will learn details of pigment-making and the interiors skills required to live in peace with colour.
7 May 2017 at 15:00, venue to be confirmed | Find out more
10. LEGO®: Build a Mosaic
Duncan Titmarsh, the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the UK, runs a LEGO mosaic class. Participants will make a mosaic portrait to take home in this family-friendly event. Duncan has led previous builds including a life-size tiger cub commissioned by Stella McCartney and an incredible Land Rover commissioned Tower Bridge replica.
7 May 2017 from 08:30 until 12:15 at South Bank Centre, SE1 | Find out more