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London Craft Week 2021 is a global celebration of craftsmanship

Now in their seventh year, the country’s largest gathering of craftspeople come together for a week of demonstrations, exhibitions, talks and workshops.

Now in its seventh edition, London Craft Week will be held from 4 to 10 October across various locations in the city. Comprising 400 events with 350 makers from 31 countries, the week-long festivities include workshops, immersive art installations, and pop-up stores. Two major sites of activity are Chelsea, the city’s artist quarter, as well as Seven Dials, a neighbourhood between Soho and Covent Garden.  

At the Luxury British Craftsmanship Pavilion over at Chelsea Barracks, a celebration of all things British craft will involve talks from distinguished panels the likes of prolific classic English architect, Ben Pentreath, and founder of award-winning luxury design studio Elicyon, Charu Gandhi. 

Alexandre Arrechea at the Mosaic School, SoShiro

Alexandre Arrechea at the Mosaic School, SoShiro

Also at the Barracks will be demonstrations by Royal Warrant Holders, craftsmen and tradesmen who have been recognised by the monarch for their goods and services provided to senior members of the monarchy. They include fine leather goods maker, Ettinger, and shoemaker Edward Green.

Another site participating in London Craft Week is the Argentinean Ambassador’s residence that will host the Crafting a Difference exhibition showcasing 200 works from 30 artists in collaboration with five galleries, namely Cavaliero Finn, jaggedart, MADEINBRITALY, Ting Ying Gallery and Vessel Gallery. 

Loro Piana Interiors_The Palm Duet Chaise Longue

Loro Piana Interiors’ The Palm Duet Chaise Lounge

In line with the topic of sustainability, a range of industries from fashion to furniture all touch on the issue in their own ways. The Modern Artisan project created in partnership with Prince’s Foundation and YOOX Net-a-Porter, for example, launched in 2020 and will explore ways to beat the trend of fast fashion. While Design Tasmania in collaboration with London-based designer, Brodie Neill, showcases sculptural furniture made from hydrowood (reclaimed wood). 

Various Japanese craftsmen are also honoured in this instalment; the Japanese Craft and Sustain series at 180 the Strand pays homage to the artisanal techniques and mindful practices of the country. They range from workshops on Sachiko stitching, Mottainai indigo dyeing as well as an exhibition named Bamboo featuring artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. LOEWE has also invited masters from Sohetsu Ikebana school of flower arranging for exclusive demonstrations. 

Coloured Floating Bowls by Nicholas Lees

On the fashion front, Anya Hindmarch chats with fashion journalist, Lisa Armstrong, on the ever more importance of craftsmanship post pandemic at her new retail concept at The Village. Another high fashion brand, Salvatore Ferragamo, will demonstrate the making of their Tramezza shoe along with Tuscan wines.

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