London Craft Week made its debut last week and secured its position in the calendar for the future. 'Making' is back. It is on the agenda, its in the news, social media was alive with it. For a few it never went a way but for many we have slept-walked into the grip of the technology revolution and removed ourselves from value of making.
Grayson Perry was monumental at the LCW launch at The V&A. Booming (barely needing the sound system) he was emphatic - This is about materials. It's about the uncertainty and the happy accident (...paraphrased - too engrossed to note it accurately). He doesn't like bunting (agree) or baskets (disagree) but the happiness of the makers is all important and evident in the work.
Across the city workshops opened, talks took place, people joined in. Pulse happened at Olympia - there was some good stuff, COLLECT - by all accounts was incredible (next year for us) and Cockpit Arts Holborn opened their studios, a destination for those in the know for years but now with added branding and PR support. It was exhilarating to see the talent.
This weekend Cockpit Arts Deptford gets its turn. Immerse yourself in ceramics, textiles, print, wood, jewellery. From 6pm on Friday 15th through to Sunday 17th you can visit Eleanor Pritchard (as well as her staggering woven blankets there is also a brilliant view across the creek from her top floor studio), Eleanor Lakelin, for wood 'art' and Catarina Riccabona, woven linen & alpaca pieces by the woman with the most infectious smile in the business ! (And go to Deptford market too. It's crazy good - but brace yourself.)