London Craft Week - a small preview

London Craft Week would under normal circumstances have taken place across large parts of London during the week of 27th April - 3rd May, but has thankfully been moved to September 30th - October 8th.

It is the sixth edition to celebrate outstanding British and international creativity with over 250 makers, designers, brands and galleries from the entire globe. LCW offers a greatly curated programme of events across London which allows visitors to create their own journey, meet the makers and join demonstrations and workshops. The ongoing global trend in rediscovering the world of crafts makes this week such a fantastic opportunity to discover lots of new craft making stories from independent makers as well as in the larger department stores, galleries and museum - all during one week in one city.

Look out for 300 Objects – a new LCW exhibition hosted by St James's. The artists have been chosen by a team of guest curators with a simple brief: they must select work from an artist, maker or designer that they love!

I took the opportunity to attend the online preview where I especially found one presentation that especially caught my attention and which I will make sure to visit during the autumn week:

'The Natural Room - rethinking our interior spaces' by Sarah Myerscough Gallery. This is an exhibition launching a new project embracing and inviting our innate human connection to the natural world into our living spaces. While it promotes the slow use of organic materials in an innovative and imaginatively crafted art and design, it refutes fast-consumerism of mass produced and disposable goods.

'The Natural Room' will be asking us to imagine our home in the future and to consider what choices we currently make when planning and designing our interior spaces. The environmental emergency asks us to make radical changes to our material surroundings and life style to support sustainability in various ways and this initiative is a great opening for those reflections.

Seen to the right is one of the intriguing pieces; ‘Sisal Bench’, crafted by Fernando Laposse for CROP - a previous exhibition by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, inspired by meetings with artist-designer-makers who are intuitively connected to nature through their ecological concerns or connection with the processing of raw and organic materials passed down through generations. Fernando makes extensive research on local materials and their specific history and culture, which forms his interest in sustainability, loss of biodiversity and craft making in communities. The Sisal Bench shows a material that once was a large industry Mexico, typically used to make ropes, carpets and fishing nets, before the production of plastics arrived. Fernando's bench presents the sisal in its raw state to reveal the simple process from crushing the fibres to comb and knot them by hand - all made by Fernando himself.