The ninth edition of London Craft Week (May 8-14) celebrated sustainability and groundbreaking technology in design and craftsmanship across the city. There were also talks, workshops, open houses, product launches, tours and fairs. The week-long festival presented designers, brands, makers and galleries, catering to different realms of line. The displays incorporated 3D printing, ceramics, fashion and textiles, jewellery, art, furniture and sculpture.
‘Our ninth London Craft Week builds on the post-Covid appetite for unique live experiences, which drove our record visitor numbers at last year’s festival, and celebrates unsung creative communities,’ says Guy Salter, chairman of London Craft Week. ‘That often hidden ecosystem of exceptional talent. Not just in London but from around the UK and the world. Reinforcing this is a glimpse behind the scenes of the coronation and the work of another fascinating community of artisans and specialist crafts linked to the monarchy. More than ever this year, I hope we’re proof of London’s enduring international cultural pulling power – and a tangible demonstration of human ingenuity and diversity.’
London Craft Week 2023 was indeed a global affair with 300 events. More than 700 independent makers from 25 countries showcased their works. The exhibition of Vivienne Westwood corsets at the late designer’s boutique on Conduit Street was noteworthy. Then there were programmes from The Mills Fabrica, Delvaux and the V&A.
London Craft Week celebrates the diverse communities of its host city. The Pimlico Road Series showcases interactive workshops and demonstrations. And there are talks with prestigious craftspeople, designers and curators, including an in-conversation event with Cleto Munari, known for collaborating with Carlo Scarpa and Ettore Sottsass.
Sustainability is a key theme, focusing on the makers demonstrating innovative solutions to using materials. The Mills Fabrica is the art fair’s official Innovation Partner for the third time. They hosted a programme of panel discussions around planet-saving innovations. For instance, talks from pioneering companies like GANNI, Biofabricate and The Earthshot Prize.