Now in its fifth edition, London Craft Week will take place from May 8 to 12 in the English capital. This year, the festival offers an extensive program of talks, workshops and exhibitions – all celebrating craftsmanship. Here is a selection of 4 events to keep an eye on:
Loewe Baskets Live, May 11 – 12
Following an exhibition at the last Salone del Mobile in Milan, Loewe will offer a series of demonstrations of weaving leather. The walk-in events will be hosted by Californian mother and daughter weaving duo, Shizu Designs. The two women are renowned for using traditional Japanese weaving techniques to make baskets and transform rocks into art. Their work will also be on show at Loewe’s new three-story flagship store in Mayfair.
“Scorched,” May 8 – 12
This year, London Craft Week presents its debut exhibition “Scorched” — which is guest curated by Sarah Myerscough. The show features a selection of scorched wood pieces by 17 contemporary artists and designers, including Alison Crowther, David Gates and Christopher Kurtz. These works were created using the traditional Japanese technique of “shou-sugi-ban,” which consists of charring the surface of the wood to enhance the appearance of the grain.
“Scorched” will be on show at Fitzrovia Chapel with free admission.
“Woven Waste – A Second-Life Installation from a Regenerating Site,” May 8 – 12
“Woven Waste” is a large-scale immersive installation created by design studios Par-Avion Co and Claire Potter Design. On show at Battersea Power Station, it is made from repurposed construction waste materials from the neighboring Phase II site. The power station, which has been emptied since 1983, is currently undergoing a transformation into a business and residential complex. The installation “Woven Waste” comments on the contribution that construction sites make to landfills.
Tour of Spencer House, May 8
On May 8, design enthusiasts will be able to discover the elegant neoclassical interiors of Spencer House. Built for the first Earl Spencer between 1756 and 1766, it is a rare survival of an 18th century London aristocratic palace. The tour will be led by Spencer House’s Collections Manager Vicky Wilson, and carver and guilder Ben Bacon — who helped restore the house in the 1980s.
Visitors will have to book online to get a time slot ticket (either at 10:30 am or 2:00 pm), which retails at £25.