London has long been one of the design and fashion capitals of the world, and has now added another string to its bow in the form of art and crafts.
In its fourth year, London Craft Week invites visitors to partake in a wide range of events where they can learn about different forms of craft making and buy unique and beautiful objects.
As well as workshops and displays, there will be a series of talks by leading designers and artists, who will discuss everything from the alchemy of glass making to leather working in Cairo’s City of the Dead.
London Craft Week is held all over London, from Mayfair to Greenwich, bringing together a wide range of museums and galleries, studios and workshop spaces, as well as shops and luxury brands.
London Craft Week takes place from Wednesday May 9 to Sunday May 13, 2018.
Some events are free to attend, and are either open house (so no need to book) or require pre-booking.
Others require pre-booking at a cost, and these events have a link which takes you to each partner’s ticketing site.
During London Craft Week there are dozens of talks, exhibitions and workshops every day. Free-to-attend events include a demonstration of embroidery techniques of ornate slippers by Hand & Lock, who provide embellishment services to the Royal Family.
There is also a drinks reception at Mulberry’s flagship store (free to attend but requires advanced booking) as well as craft demonstrations where the brand will present some of their most iconic bags.
Priced events include a botanical craft workshop using pressed flowers at Daylesford Organic in Belgravia (£125 per place). You can also try your hand at making a Turkish İznik Tile at the Yunus Emre Institute (£7 per place). Learn the stories behind classical patterns and discover what lies beneath the glaze, with techniques including drawing, transmitting, needling and colouring.
There is also a talk hosted by leather expert Bill Amberg and Agnieszka Dobrowolska on establishing a leather workshop for women in the cemeteries of Cairo’s City of the Dead (£9 per place).