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I’ve planned a visit to the London Design Festival as there are many things craft-wise of interest. Here are my tips.
There’s usually much else going on at the event venues so check the websites for other details. For journey planning information I recommend TfL's Journeyplanner, even for the cyclists amongst us.
The tips are in date order.
You’ll get to meet over 30 makers in person (including Helen Foot and her glorious woven textiles which Paul Smith has already spotted), find distinctive contemporary craft for the home, enjoy the discounts on offer (with selected items up to 50% off retail prices) and you’ll have the chance to take up Ceramic Review’s subscription offer (subscribe before 24 September to receive two free issues).
Mon 17 September 12-7pm
CraftCentral, EC1M 4DS
This is the launch of the Craft Council’s latest touring exhibition so definitely worth a look in if you want to keep at the forefront of the questions of the day.
Here you’ll find the makers investigating differing perceptions of value, with the exhibition exploring the increasing desire for authenticity, quality and craftsmanship, which is redefining our understanding of luxury.
Tues 19 - Sun 23 Sept
designjunction, WC1A 1BA
There’s lots of inspiration to be had at this event with over 200 international exhibitors showing the latest in contemporary interior products - furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories. Mostly you’ll have to place orders with exhibitors but in the Craft Market you’ll be able to buy from 30 makers on the day.
Thur 20 – Sun 23 September
Old Truman Brewery, E1
Adult & Student - £8* in advance / £10 on the door
Child 5-16 yrs - £5
Under 5’s - Free
*To save 20% purchase tickets online before 14 Sept 2012.
This will be my 3rd visit- I love the Geffrye Museum as well as the ceramics that are on show. There’s a lovely café too. The show features the work of about 50 ceramicists, established and emerging artists, presenting everything from functional tableware to quirky one-off pieces. Prices range from £10 for mugs and small pieces to hundreds of pounds for larger statement pieces so it's a good place for gifts and treats. There are also free demos on the Saturday and Sunday.
Fri 21 – Sun 23 Sept
The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA
This promises to be a really interesting discussion of the evolving nature of craft and how shifting allegiances and cross-overs have led it to defy categorisation. Speakers include Robin Wood, chair of the Heritage Craft Association, Tanya Harrod, visiting professor at the Royal College of Art and Christopher Frayling, who was the chair of Arts Council England.
Fri 21 September 10.30-12.30
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre, the V&A, SW7 2RL
People have been reminding us that there is also Designersblock (http://www.verydesignersblock.com/), in its 15th year, which we haven't been to, but which may also be well worth a visit. This is based around the Southbank, close to the Royal Festival Hall SE1.
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