3 Highlights From London Craft Week
Since its first edition in 2015, London Craft Week has showcased the very best in craftsmanship from the UK and internationally. For five days each May, more than 200 craft-focused events can be found all over the city – in iconic buildings including the Shard and the House of Lords, world-class institutions such as the V&A, as well as artists’ studios, luxury retailers and hidden spaces rarely open to the public.
Following on from a previous collaboration at Milan design week, fashion label Loewe partnered with Californian mother and daughter weaving duo, Shizu Designs, for a series of demonstrations on weaving leather.
Shizu Designs’ work – including rock-weaving, the Japanese technique of wrapping rocks with ornamental rattan or cane knots.
2. Jessica McCormack
Jessica McCormack, the London-based diamond jeweller, designs handcrafted pieces in her dedicated Mayfair atelier. Avoiding trends and mass production, Jessica’s distinctive aesthetic merges traditional Georgian techniques, modern and antique diamonds with contemporary design. For London Craft Week, master craftsmen took guests at Christian Louboutin behind the scenese showcasing traditional diamond-mounting techniques and revealing the magic at the heart of Jessica McCormack designs.
Scorched is an exhibition of scorched wood pieces by leading contemporary artists and designers. The traditional process of shou-sugi-ban, otherwise known as yakisugi, is a technique originating in Japan in the 18th century which involves the slight charring of the surface of wood. Although the art carries a strong cultural significance in Asia, this exhibition showcase many western applications of the artform.