London Craft Week expert picks

Multidisciplinary artist Lora Avedian explores the world of Frida Kahlo at Howe at 36 Bourne Street

London Craft Week expert picks

Aside from the Hole & Corner x dunhill Home of Craftsmanship, there are a host of events occurring throughout the capital for London Craft Week 2018. Here, Editor-at-Large and renowned design writer, Tamsin Blanchard, chooses a few highlights…

HOWE at 36 Bourne Street hosts Lora Avedian

Join the multidisciplinary artist Lora Avedian as she explores the world of Frida Kahlo ahead of the V&A’s exhibition opening next month. I’m almost at fever pitch in anticipation and intrigued to see Avedian’s textile interpretations of the flora and fauna and colour palettes of Mexico.

No booking necessary, every day until Sunday 13 May, 10.30am-5.30pm

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Thigh House

This is an intriguing workshop and work in progress by Rosa Uddoh. The Slade artist and Sarabande Foundation scholar is exploring the myth that in Cuba, ‘female’ African slaves were used to mould ceramic tiles on their thighs to create shelter for colonial houses. Uddoh will be working with a team of participants who ‘self-identify as black and brown women and non-binary people’ to make thigh tiles for her own installation. To take part, places are free but you must book.  Members of the public are invited to watch the house grow, see Uddoh’s associated film work, photography and sound and follow the process.

Exhibition, booking necessary

10 & 11 May 10:00 — 20:00

12 & 13 May 13:00 — 18:00

To take part, follow the details in the link


Phoebe Cummings

An opportunity to join ceramics artist Phoebe Cummings in conversation with journalist Becky Sunshine as they discuss the recent temporary installation she created for Toast.

Thursday 10 May, 18.30, booking necessary


Modern Prêt-à-Couture at Delpozo

If you are not already familiar with the incredible decorative embroideries and beading work of Spanish couture house Delpozo, you can watch close up as some of the team are transported to London for a demonstration of fine needlework and Lesage embroidery techniques.

Exhibition, free

9-12 May 10:00 – 18:00

13 May 12:00 – 18:00


9 May 12:00 – 19:00

10 May 11:00 – 18:00

11 May 11:00 – 18:00

More details here


Craft Conversations: Craft Communities

This looks set to be a fascinating and necessary talk to reflect on communities that have developed through craft production and consumption – and how to nurture sustainable economic models for the future. Speakers include Daniel Charny, Dr Catharine Rossi and Emma Woffenden.

Sunday 13 May, 2pm-3.30pm

More details here


Live Weaving by Christabel Balfour at the Barbican

This is a chance to see some live tapestry weaving and to talk to the maker about her inspirations and techniques. Christabel Balfour is making a run over five days inspired by Yto Barrada’s Barbican exhibition Agadir, Christabel draws from Barrada’s multimedia practice, Moroccan textile traditions and the Barbican’s Brutalist architecture.
Demonstration, free

9 -12 May 10:00 — 21:00

13 May 10:00 — 20:00

More details here


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In the Studio with Whitaker Malem: 30 Years in Fashion, Film and Art

Leather artisans Whitaker Malem celebrate 30 years fusing fashion, craft and art. An opportunity to visit their studio-home and see archival pieces alongside new works exploring sexuality and gender. In addition, there is a talk on Friday, May 11 at 17.30 between Patrick Whitaker and ceramicist Kate Malone discussing the parallels between their disciplines.

10 May 14:00 — 19:00

11 May 14:00 — 16:30

12 May 11:00 — 17:00

13 May 11:00 — 16:00

Exhibition, booking not necessary, free

Talk, booking necessary, 30 places, £8.97


Nicky Shaw introduces the sets and costumes of Glyndebourne’s Madama Butterfly

Having seen the extraordinary wardrobe department of Glyndebourne Opera House close up for the Performance Issue of Hole & Corner, I’m fascinated to hear Nicky Shaw talking about the sets and costumes from the upcoming production of Madama Butterfly.

Talk, 13 May 14:00 — 15:30
Booking necessary via, 120 places, £7

More details here

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