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London Craft Week launches Virtual Preview

Celebrate exceptional creativity and craftsmanship with online masterclasses, demos, workshop tours and talks

erdem x de gournay at london craft week 2020
Erdem x de Gournay

London Craft Week 2020 will now take place from 30 September - 8 October, but you can still get your fix of craftsmanship and a taste of what’s to come this autumn with the festival's Virtual Preview from 27 April - 3 May on the London Craft Week website. We’ve curated the online events and sneak peeks you won't want to miss…

Christabel Balfour | Studio Tour

weaver christabel balfour's studio tour as part of london craft week 2020
Deborah Grace

Artist and tapestry weaver Christabel Balfour set up her eponymous studio in 2015 and is known for her rugs and woven wall-hangings. For the LCW preview she gives us a look at a typical day at her east London studio.

de Gournay x ERDEM | Hand Painted Chinoiserie Wallpaper

de gournay x erdem  hand painted chinoiserie wallpaper
de Gournay x ERDEM

In an exclusive video made for LCW, de Gournay x ERDEM unveil the creation of their verdant new Chinoiserie design, which took two years to develop and is painstakingly hand-painted by the bespoke wallpaper specialists.

Sarah Myerscough Gallery | A Glimpse into ‘The Natural Room’

fernando laposse's sisal bench at the natural room by sarah myerscough gallery
The Natural Room by Sarah Myerscough Gallery

The Barnes-based gallery will be taking over a townhouse with exhibition ‘The Natural Room’, which focuses on the innovative use of organic materials and aims to shift perceptions around climate change and sustainability. Until then, you can get a glimpse of the works that will be presented and see how exhibitor Fernando Laposse's 'Sisal bench' (above) is created in a making-of video.

SCP | Jochen Holz in the Studio

jochen holz at scp as part of london craft week 2020
Jochen Holz at SCP

London-based designer Jochen Holz is a maker known for his colourful in calmo glassware. For London Craft Week later in the year, SCP will present ‘Improvised gestures’, an exhibition of his latest pieces, including tableware and one-off objects. Get to know Holz’s vibrant world in preparation with a behind-the-scenes tour to his studio.

ISHKAR X Goldfinger Factory | Online Auction

ishkar x goldfinger factory online auction london craft week 2020
ISHKAR x Goldfinger Factory

ISHKAR, a brand that supports artisans in countries torn apart by war, and Goldfinger Factory, the design-led social enterprise have teamed up to present a selection of limited edition objects and experiences that will be available in a time-limited online auction running from Monday 27 April - Sunday 10 May. Highlights include a unique quilt made in the Beirut atelier of Zena Sabbagh, an ISHKAR x Goldfinger Factory marble-topped side table and a carpentry masterclass with Goldfinger Factory resident maker Alex Cunningham.

Five percent of profits from ISHKAR will go support to emergency hospitals in Afghanistan whose work is providing critical healthcare to vulnerable populations who are severely exposed to the effects of COVID-19, while five percent will contribute to vital door-to-door food delivery service People’s Kitchen // To Your Door. Join here.

The New Craftsmen | Reason for Being

annemarie o’sullivan the new craftsmen reasons for being craft week 2020
The New Craftsmen

‘Reason For Being’ is a 12-week series of makers sharing their creative inspirations and collections in response to the unexpected situation we find ourselves in today. Each week, a different maker will take to The New Craftsmen’s virtual stage, presenting stories directly from their homes, studios and workshops, starting with textile artist Aimee Betts, who offers an insight into her daily routines and working practices.

Tom Dixon | How to Swirl

tom dixon how to swirl london craft week 2020
Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon’s latest range, Swirl is a series of objects made from recycled powder residue from the marble industry, pigment and resin. Inspired by the collection, the design team has created a step-by-step guide to creating your own marbled designs at home.

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