It’s time to celebrate our cities exceptional craftsmanship in the annual event, London Craft Week. From 9th – 13th May, thousands will be joining this journey of discovery, featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. From all that there is to see, we’ve put together our top five to get you started.
Image: The Alchemy of Glass
Exhibition: 9 -12 May 10:00 — 18:00
Talk & Demonstration: 9 May, 10:00 – 12:00, £15
Learn more about the possibilities of light, colour and form in this exhibition around the artistry of glass. A material which we often forget how much we use, from forms of windows for art and practical services, to the creative ability of communications and optics. This exhibition is free but if you’re interested, book yourself in for a talk and demonstration with artist Rebecca Rowland-Chandler, named New Ashgate Gallery’s Rising Star for 2018, and Marco Tullio Siviglia, architect and interior designer. They will demonstrate the various techniques in manipulating glass including fusing, casting, etching, engraving and polishing to name a few.
1920s-Inspired Fragrance Workshop
Floris, 89 Jermyn Street, SW1H 6JH
10 May, 18:30, £30
Douse yourself in the craft of fragrance creation with British perfumer Floris, the oldest independent family perfumer in the world, and the only appointed perfumer to Her Majesty The Queen.
On entering Floris, expect to be welcomed with a glass of champagne and an evening learning how some of the most popular of scents were inspired with perfumers Edward Bodenham and Nicola Pozzani. Explore the inspiration behind the fragrance, how art and culture can inspire fragrance, and then enjoy an exclusive visit to the private Floris perfumery.
Mulberry: Celebrating a Passion for Making
Mulberry, 50 New Bond Street, W1S 1BJ
Ever wondered what goes into making one of your favourite handbags? Well luckily we have the answer for you! Join leather experts and craftsmen for a drinks reception and demonstration at the Mulberry flagship store, where you’ll be able to discuss your most loved accessory to your hearts content. Here you’ll learn how some of the brand’s most iconic bags are brought to life and what inspires their creations.
Bruichladdich Whisky Tasting: A Peated and Crispy Experience
Milroy’s of Soho, 3 Greek Street, W1D 4NX
12 May, 14:00 — 16:00, £12
Have you got a taste for whiskey? Why not test your pallet at this Whisky tasting with the Core Bruichladdich whisky range: Bruichladdich Classic Laddie, always unpeated; Port Charlotte, heavily peated; and Octomore, the most heavily peated spirit in the world.
Join Bruichladdich Brand Ambassador Abigail Clephane as she guides you through your tasting whilst retelling the story of The Bruichalddich distillery. After your tasting experience, you will be invited to explore a unique and limited-edition whisky in honour of London Craft Week.
The Goldsmiths’ Company at Fortnum & Mason
181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER
9 -12 May 10:00 — 21:00
13 May 11:30 — 18:00
This year, Fortnum & Mason are teaming up with the iconic The Goldsmiths’ Company to curate a selection of exceptional jewellery, contemporary silver objects and accessories. This is latest in a long line of collaborations for Fortnum’s centuries-long commitment to supporting new talent and British craftsmanship. During London Craft Week, a visual celebration of British gold and silversmiths will feature in Fortnum’s famous storefront windows, to celebrate the stunning work of contemporary jewellers and silversmiths.
What will you be doing during this year’s London Craft Week? Let us know in the comments below!
Featured image source: London Craft Week Instagram