Only 3 days to go until London Craft Week and I am buzzing in anticipation! In it’s second year, London Craft Week 2016 has grown from 70 events in its first year to over 130 events across London in 5 days. It’s an action packed programme giving access and a unique behind the scenes view of some of the top luxury craftspeople and brands from the UK and around the world. Names such as Mulberry, Lalique and Wedgwood sit beside lesser known names such as shoemaker Sebastian Tarek and tapestry weaver Ben Hyners. Whether well known or not, they are all shining examples of the passion, skill and imagination of craftsmanship.
Do you ever feel like you’ve run into a creative rut? You know, when you get up in the morning ready to face the world only to sit at your desk or in your studio and nothing comes. It can be so frustrating. This is usually when I realise that I’ve been sitting at a desk for too long and it’s time to shake things up and have an adventure!
One of my favourite places in London is Sir John Soane’s Museum, the home to one of the great English Architects who built and lived in the house until his death over 180 years ago. So I was very pleased when I saw that I could mix my passion for craft and architecture when visiting MADE London at One Marylebone which was designed by Soane himself.
MADE London is fast becoming one of the top selling events for designer makers in the UK. There’s always a great selection of crafters from all over the country showing their work and sharing their stories. It was the perfect place for me to while away a few hours discovering new crafters, sharing ideas and getting inspired.
October comes round every year and there is always a dip in the bank balance. This is the month of my annual pilgrimage to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Like a child at Christmas I’m up early, too excited to sleep knowing that there is a day of browsing (and buying) beautiful fabrics, yarns, threads, beads and everything else you can possibly imagine, all under one roof.
My first visit to Art In Action at Waterperry Gardens was 8 years ago as part of a company summer outing. It was such a great day, I had every intention of returning, but it has taken 8 years to actually do it! I only wish I had done it sooner.
New Designers is a highlight of the design calendar for me. At a time when support for craft and design in education is dwindling, it is vital that we support those passionate and creative individuals who embark on the road less travelled of being a designer, designer-maker or craft person.