2015 sees the launch of London’s newest industry festival, London Craft Week. Bringing together ancient arts with new talent in this week long festival which is founded on the ethos of making. From Glass blowers to Tailors and of course Embroiderers, united to show off their wares and skills.
“London has long had a Fashion Week and a Design Festival. From 2015, it will have the equivalent for the craft sector: London Craft Week. Featuring the artistic flair, painstaking skills and raw talent of exceptional craftsmanship and, as a result, attracting an ever-increasing quality and volume of collectors and customers.” Guy Salter, Chairman of London Craft Week
By showcasing talent, people and the techniques behind these beautiful one off items, they hope to communicate the importance of the preservation of these crafts. There are a whole range of events that people can get involved in, with exhibitions to demonstrations to attend and workshops to give it a try. For more details of whats on and how to book follow the link to the London Craft Week website.
Last week was the launch day of London Craft Week, as a precursor to the festival itself. The day was attended by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Patrons of this new event who met the makers that will be featured in London Craft Week. Claire Barrett of Hawthorne & Heaney with her embroiderer Meg, were there to represent the company and provide an embroidery element to proceedings. We are delighted to be involved in the festival and will be embroidering during Kathryn Sargent’s cutting demonstration on the 7th May.
Claire Barrett is an embroidery designer who has been working in the embroidery industry for six years. A former Creative Director at Hand & Lock, Claire runs Hawthorne & Heaney, dealing with celebrity clients such as Kanye West and high profile companies such as Henry Poole & Company Savile Row tailors. Claire is passionate about making embroidery accessible to everyone by offering sponsorships to young designers and even running the London Embroidery School to teach beginners classes to those who are interested in getting a taste of what embroidery has to offer.