London Craft Week

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 11.34.37.pngI’ve only just come across the line up for London Craft Week via St Brides Foundation who are hosting a range of bookbinding workshops, courses and demonstrations. Beginning tomorrow and with over 40 events ranging from print and bookbinding to glassblowing and ceramics there is something to interest anybody with a like of making, process, technique and of course, craft.

The highlights for me include The Craft of Wallpaper exhibition at the wonderful Geffrye Museum in East London and Social Fabric at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow which is offering behind the scenes tours and the opportunity to handle and print with Morris’ famous woodblocks. Also at the Geffrye Museum at the moment is Social Fabric: African Textiles Today, which is a brilliant exhibition I saw at the British Museum a couple of years ago and has beautiful and thought provoking examples of how printed textiles are designed and worn as a communication of beliefs in a number of  African cultures. More about that exhibition, which is on until the 29th May here.

 

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The London Original Print Fair

This week the Royal Academy hosts the annual London Original Print Fair. Opening on Thursday 5th May with events throughout the weekend the fair is an opportunity to see amazing prints, both contemporary and historical. My highlights include Dürer’s early woodcuts (the 15th Century dates on these pieces is always mind blowing to me), Picasso’s lino prints, work by Miro, Keith Harring and Bridget Riley.

There are talks by Paul Coldwell and Michael Craig-Martin as well as events including Now, then, and tomorrow: Printmaking at the RA Schools
An introduction and background tour revealing the history, current contemporary status and future ambitions for printmaking at the Royal Academy by Mark Hampson, Head of Fine Art Processes [Printmaking, Sculpture and digital media] in RA Schools.

Visit the London Original Print Fair website for information on opening times, event booking and ticket prices.

Ditchling village of type

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A Sussex village has given itself over to become a village of type. Ditchling, home of the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, is celebrating 100 years of Edward Johnson’s iconic typeface created for the London Underground by painting huge, beautiful letters spelling out T Y P E on buildings through the village.

“The evolution of this single typeface, its importance and continuing legacy are examined through four exhibitions, a programme of workshops, lectures, residencies, events and live-printing activities in Ditchling, Brighton, London and beyond. The Village of Type programme brings to life the excitement and beauty of lettering, typography and letterpress print through a dynamic and theatrical season of events for type-nerds, families or those just interested in stunning design from the last hundred years to the present day.” -Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

Go to the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft website to find out more about the village of type as well as the other events including Interrobang– an exhibition of letterpress printing, a pop-up letterpress studio in an tube carriage on Brighton beach and printing big scale with a vintage steam roller!

Photo credit:  Nathaniel Hepburn, Director of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Check out his lovely, type heavy Instagram account.