As a creative brand, here at PIPÉT we value the beauty of the hand made. From designing all our original patterns in house, right through to our small, local production, we strive for perfection in a demanding industry. Accepting only the best, we believe in constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with contemporary technology and question the limitation of ones tools. For us, our craft is not just a job that is worked at for certain hours, but a lifelong passion that develops with time, experience and dedication to ones art.
Returning to the capital for the 5th year, London Craft Week is dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary level of skill, attention to detail and creativity that makers apply to their work. We're excited to uncover the essence of what craft can be and discover over 240 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.
OUR LCW TOP PICKS NOT TO MISS
With so much going on this LCW it's hard to know where to start! We've put together a selection of events which we think are a must see during the week, starting with 'The Future of Craft' where you can find our latest PIPÉT designs in the Future Icon's showcase.
The Future of Craft
Photo credit: Emma-Jane Rule, by Yeshen Venema, Courtesy of Design-Nation and Future Icons
A major new event for LCW bringing together some of London's most renowned craft organisations, makers and designers. Design-Nation, with partners Oxo Tower Wharf and Coin Street, have worked together to select and present an inspiring line-up of innovative and forward-thinking makers, including project partner Future Icons.
The curated displays at Bargehouse include new projects, products, collaborations and installations by leading makers who work in textiles, furniture, ceramics, lighting, metal and interior accessories.
PIPÉT x FUTURE ICONS SHOWCASE
Image credit: Gina Pipét, Photographer: Jon Aaron Green.
The Craft of Digital
We are delighted to be part of the Future Icon's showcase as our first official LCW showcase. Discover our range of fabrics, designs and accessories in the main gallery space on the 2nd Floor of the Bargehouse.
Supporting the event we will be posting a series of short thought led blog posts about the craft of digital, looking at how digital processes have their place in the world of craft as we know it today.
Celebrating British Craft at gallery@oxo
Photo credit: Carlos andre Santos, The Guild of Master Craftsmen
Celebrating British Craft is intended to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the best of British craft for future generations. It hopes to inspire young people to pursue a career in these trades and to understand their relevance for the future.
The high quality of British craft is respected throughout the world. The Guild of Master Craftsmen aims to encourage a creative and innovative approach, combining traditional skills with the innovation provided by an ever-changing technological landscape. This approach, they believe, will ensure a bright future for British craft.
(Celebrating British Craft at gallery@oxo is just across the way from OXO Bargehouse. Make sure you pop in on your way to see 'The Future of Craft')
FastCraft: An Exhibition
Photo credit: 'LCW, Camberwell College of Arts. V&A Tile Adrian Friend with Guan Lee and Fiona Procter'
FastCraft is an exhibition showcasing experimental designs through pairings with the ILEA Collection (Inner London Education Authority) and the College, showcasing the latest in maker FastCraft experimental design and material practices.
Works include fast pot-throwing techniques which test the limits of what a human body can make and the first 3D-printed ceramic tile.Link: https://www.londoncraftweek.com/events/fastcraft-exhibition#sthash.UD9KkmDs.dpbs
Camberwell College of Arts
Yinka Ilori: Types of Happiness
Photo credit: Andrew Meredith
Encouraging the viewer to explore a rollercoaster of emotion through the art of sitting down, Yinka invites us to investigate traditional divisions of art and design and the relationship between function and form.
Perfect for when you've had a busy LCW packed full of events (although no guarantee these seats are for sitting on!)
Booking not necessary, free
London SW8 5AU
Battersea Power Station Presents: The Prince’s Trust Tomorrow Store – A Showcase of Trust-Supported Entrepreneurs
Photo Credit: Katie Charleson, Prince's Trust
The Prince’s Trust is delighted to be represented in this year’s London Craft Week by some of the extremely talented makers and creators it has supported. From contemporary textiles and homewares to handmade candles and fashion, discover an abundance of craft techniques employed across the work of these ambitious entrepreneurs.
Being a creative is one thing, but running a creative business requires a whole different level of skills, knowledge and personal confidence to make it happen.
With Brand designer Gina Pipét having been through the Prince's Trust Enterprise programme herself, we understand that good business advice and planning is vital! We salute The Prince's Trust for supporting young businesses and providing Entrepreneurs with essential tools for over 40 years. Head down to the Prince's Trust showcase at Battersea Power Station and support the designers of tomorrow!
Liberty: The New Collectables
Photo Credit: Liberty London, London Craft Week
Liberty has long been associated with Arts and Crafts, so this year the brand is exhibiting a number of exciting works in store – all available to buy directly from the artists. In addition to the exhibition, attend a fascinating workshop with one of the contributing artists.
Having worked in the Liberty of London In-House studio for half a decade, brand designer Gina Pipét walked the boards of this historic store more times that she can remember...
"The Liberty store is one of London's most regarded treasures. With so much history within its walls you cannot help but be transported back to a time when founder Arthur Liberty was travelling distant lands returning with treasures for all to admire on the shop floor...I love the juxtaposition of ultra contemporary fashion alongside the decorative Arts and Craft movement... Visiting the store is an experience in itself, and I'm sure the pieces on display for LCW will not disappoint!"
Sea Containers London Hosts Bethan Gray in Partnership with Nature Squared
Photo Credit: Bethan Grey / Nature Squared, via London Craft Week programme of events.
Design hotel Sea Containers London hosts an installation of sustainable furniture and accessories by Bethan Gray in partnership with Nature Squared, showcasing luxury craft pieces made from industry byproduct materials such as scallop shells and goose feathers.
We have become huge fans of Bethan Gray since discovering her work a few years back. Gray achieves the ultimate in contemporary, feminine and sophisticated glamour. We admire her attention to detail, use of material and subtle application of colour. We're looking forward to see her creations and learning more about her partnership with Nature Squared.
Sea Containers London is just 2 minutes from OXO Bargehouse...Pop along after you've visited The Future of Craft at the Bargehouse and Celebrating British Craft at gallery@OXO.
Wellbeing through Practice with Craft Central
Photo credit: Jane Sedgwick Jewellery
Join Craft Central for a week long programme of workshops, events and demonstrations from a selection of talented Craft Central makers. See how today's designers are using traditional methods of wood carving, botanical silk dyeing and weaving in their contemporary practices.
Throughout the week visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a communal project and contribute to a collaborative piece of stitch art called ‘The Supper Cloth’. It’s an opportunity for you to sit down, slow down and feed your creativity through stitching to co-create a communal Supper Cloth in the wonderful environment of Craft Central, The Forge.
Plan your visit...
London Craft Week runs from 8-12 May 2019 across various locations in and around London. Spanning Wednesday through to Sunday there is a huge line up of events, talks and showcases to visit. For the full programme events and makers involved please check the LCW Programme here.
The Future of Craft at OXO Bargehouse will be hosting a series to tours, talks and workshops during the week. Events are free, but booking necessary. Please follow the link here to find out more...Book Here
We hope to see some of you during the week and can't wait to hear about the wonderful discoveries you've made during LCW.