London Craft Week 2015
|Date:||Weds 6 – Sun 10 May 2015|
‘Putting craftsmanship centre stage of the world’s creative capital’
We are thrilled to have partnered with the inaugural London Craft Week – a new annual event which showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops, celebrated makers, other lesser known makers and highly specialised skills alongside famous shops, galleries and luxury brands.
The initiative coincides with our upcoming exhibition ‘Made of Mayfair’ which we will be presenting as part of London Craft Week (& which runs until Saturday 13th June). Operating from 3 different locations throughout the week we will be presenting the work of 7 makers in a variety of disciplines who have been developing work in response to our Mayfair surroundings since summer 2014, drawing on & reinterpreting the architecture & craft heritage that have contributed to the area’s rich history.
Made of Mayfair exhibition at The New Craftsmen
Opens Tuesday 5th May, at 34 North Row, London, W1K 6DG
Tue, Wed, Thur: 11am – 7pm
Fri, Sat: 11am – 6pm
From four poster beds fit for courtesans, to fine hand weaving inspired by the carvings of Grinling Gibbons, during London Craft Week & for the subsequent 6 weeks, our makers will share the stories, objects & processes they have developed during this time, both in our Mayfair space & in residence at various locations across Mayfair. Read more here
Katherine May at Floris
Flower dyeing workshop
Thursday 7th May, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Booking essential, £40, read more & book here
Learn about and take part in the process of natural plant & flower dyeing with textile artist Katherine May, who will talk you through the journey of dyeing, from petal, plant and seed, to dye vat & finally to the rich natural colour.
The workshop will take place in ‘the Mine’ the former subterranean perfume laboratory housed underneath Floris on Jermyn St, where Katherine will use the cloth fragments to complete a unique textile & fragrance installation inspired by the archive books of Floris. You will be the first of only 100 people to view the installation which is set to be one of the highlights of London Craft Week.
2 exclusive tours of a unique underground installation in The Mine at Floris
Saturday 9th May, 10 – 11am / 11.30 – 12.30pm
Booking essential, free, read more & book here
Hosted by The New Craftsmen & Floris, this is a unique opportunity to visit a striking textile installation in the underground original perfume workshop at Floris. Limited to 10 people, this exclusive tour will take you down 2 stories of steep stairs to the sub-basement at Floris, fondly referred to as ‘The Mine’ & a rarely seen slice of London history.
Hand-weaver Catarina Riccabona at St James’ Church Piccadilly
Thursday 7th, 10am – 6pm
Friday 8th, 10am – 1pm
No booking, free, read more here
Inspired by the woodcarvings of Grinling Gibbons in the church of St James, hand-weaver Catarina Riccabona takes up residence there to develop series of samplers.
Cultural walking tours of Mayfair with Fox & Squirrel
Thursday 7th May
‘Ways of Seeing’ – 12.30 – 3pm
‘Mayfair’s heritage of people & places’ – 3.30 – 6pm
Booking essential, £25, read more & book here
Revealing the history, architecture & rich artisan traditions of making in Mayfair, led by the award-winning Fox & Squirrel who specialise in guided London walks for the culturally curious.