London Craft Week 2019 - shining a spotlight on artists and makers

London Craft Week kicks off today, 8 May 2019. The five-day festival celebrates a golden age of creative talent, bringing together over 240 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.

“Craft while standing for something important and special to some, for many was somewhat of a poor relation compared to art, fashion or design” says Chairman Guy Salter. London Craft Week caters for those “hungry for something more than the restricted diet of the unremarkable or lookalikes…” showcasing an “iceberg of exceptional talent and richness which high rents, conventional spaces and algorithms make hard to find…”

A curated programme of hundreds of events across London provides access to behind the scenes demonstrations, hands on workshops, interviews, talks, screenings and exhibitions. Visitors create their own itinerary – choose by location, date and time or craft discipline – and there really is something for everyone.

"Whether your intention is to consume or simply converse, if you appreciate beauty and the value of craftsmanship, then London Craft Week is one of the month’s must-visit events." Says Charlotte Abrahams of FT How To Spend It.

We pick our Top 5 events:

The Heads Behind the Hats, Fenwick

Leo Fenwick hosts a panel conversation with iconic British milliners Rachel Trevor-Morgan, Noel Stewart and Edwina Ibbotson, discussing the craftsmanship behind their Ascot creations. Saturday 11 May 3pm.

Go Behind the Scenes of a Perfume Lab at the Experimental Perfume Club

Head perfumer Emmanuelle Moeglin uncovers the secrets of perfumery. Explore 300 ingredients to create your very own fragrance. Thursday 9 May 6pm – 8pm.

Spectacle-Making Class at Cubitts King’s Cross

Join Cubtits experienced workshop team and learn how to make a pair of spectacles by hand using traditional crafts. Cut a front, file, polish and finish. Friday 10 May 7pm – 9pm, Saturday 11 May 10am – 2pm.

The Art of Repair: Kintsugi at Wagumi

Practitioner Iku Nishikawa shows how with the traditional technique of Kintsugi broken ceramics can be repaired and given an afterlife, using a combination of lacquer and rice glue. Thursday 9th, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May. Various times.

Exquisite Jewellery with Theo Fennell

British master jeweller Theo Fennel gives a behind the scenes tour of his workshop and studio, discussing his processes, his company and 40 years as a designer. Wednesday 8thand Thursday 9 May, 6pm – 8pm.