What To Do At London Craft Week

From attending talks and culinary soirées to making and collecting nic-nacs, art fanatics have long nurtured their appreciation beyond gallery walls.

Their need to bring art into every facet of their lives birthed the Aesthetic Movement's 'art for art's sake' maxim, and transformed thousands of home-interiors into the very essence of Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk – ‘a total work of art’. Thankfully, London Craft Week (May 13th - 19th) is offering metropolitan enthusiasts countless inspiring arts and craft events, exhibitions, and workshops.

VESSEL: An Exploration into Digital Craft’ by London Craft Week TM Studio + Found studio

London Craft Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a dynamic program of 700 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world. It teamed-up with the multidisciplinary studio TM and 3D motion design studio Found to conceive a visual campaign focused on the future of digital craft. Exploring superficial light, glazed ceramic, embellished ceramic, enamelled metal, fine jewellery, and precious metalwork, the project of 1,000 unique artworks is accompanied by an exhibition entitled VESSEL (May 24th).

Visitors can also enjoy works by the Swedish glass artist and LOEWE International Craft Prize finalist Fredrik Nielsen at Charles Burnand Gallery. The pottery and ceramics private dining experience with Beyond The Kiln artists (serving food by the legendary chef Daisuke Shimoyama). Not to mention, the reprisal of ancient techniques like gilding at the ornate Painters’ Hall and scagliola at the new Pimlico Road boutique And Objects.

The latter is one of many renowned design brands and interior design studios residing in the Pimlico Road Design District, who are offering an exclusive programme of workshops, demonstrations and talks with world-class craftspeople, designers and curators. Elsewhere, the V&A Academy and award-winning textile artist Ekta Kaul will delve into meditative stitching, as the Black Girl Knit Club experiments with yarn textures and teaches visitors a variety of knitting stitches.

Yarn Bomb indoor workshop. Black Girl Knit Club, Stratford Cross

Title image. Mitospindle, Morphed by Abid Javed. Objets Mito