Craft Central Gets Hitched – London’s Handmade Wedding Fair – 21st to 24th March 2013

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Wedding coming up? Fed up of sprawling soulless commercial wedding fairs? Get personal at Craft Central 21-24 March 2013! All you need to add a handmade touch to the big day. From the bride herself to guests looking for the ideal gift, there’s something for everyone… and, what’s more, IT’S FREE!

Join Craft Central for a drink at the Special Launch Night on Thurs 21 March, 4-8pm Late Night Shopping on Fri 22 March, 4-8pm

Avoid the high street on Sat 23 March, 11am-5pm & Sun 24 March, 12-4pm

LOCATION: 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS

http://craftcentral.org.uk/craft-central-gets-hitched

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Craft Central Gets Hitched returns for 2013… Give your wedding some character with unique, handmade products by almost 50 designer makers. Browse ready to buy products, commission your own piece or discover a bespoke service. Our designers are as excited as you are about your big day (well, almost!) so come and meet them!

We’ll help tackle those long wedding ‘to do’ lists! From ‘classic’ wedding essentials, to the slightly more unusual, handcrafted products include: Bridal fashion; Invitations; Millinery; Jewellery (rings in particular!); Gifts (such as Ceramics, Interior Products, Silversmithing); Father/Mother of Bride/Groom fashion and accessories; Bunting; Decorations; Floristry; Favours and table paraphernalia. Also, don’t miss hair and makeup demonstrations; scrumptious wedding cake solutions; music from DJs The Wedding Smashers; Rhapsody Road Photography’s pop up photo booth; gorgeous floristry by Flor Unikon and our wedding food market in St John’s Square.

It’s not only future brides and grooms who’ll appreciate Craft Central Gets Hitched. The entire guest list (from family and bridesmaids/groomsmen to the evening guests) will be thoroughly spoilt for choice…

For the Bride… Once the dress is sorted you can relax (well, it’s almost that simple!), so come and meet our couture bridal wear designers who will be showcasing stunning gowns. Not planning a traditional veil? Or fancy a unique headpiece to compliment the dream dress? We have an array of milliners with sumptuous vintage-inspired bridal hats and fascinators. Bespoke handmade shoes are the perfect finishing touch!

Don’t forget the Men… Our designers are on hand for all your wedding jewellery needs! Personalise wedding attire with handmade cufflinks and don’t forget the rings – you’ll find a super selection of wedding bands and engagement rings here!

The look and feel of the day… With beautifully designed invitations, bespoke bunting, favours and table decorations – we’re here to help!

The perfect wedding gift… There’ll be plenty of handmade options, including ceramics, silver smithing and other tempting products for the home.

The wedding party… Seeking a special gift to thank your bridesmaids? Our jewellery and accessories designers can provide affordable options.

Last but not least, the Mother of the Bride… With exceptional milliners on board, the fear of someone sporting the same hat as you becomes a thing of the past.

Almost 50 designers will be cherry picked to assist with your big day.

Area: UK   Britain   South East     London

Made In Clerkenwell – Winter Open Studios at Craft Central – 2 buildings 100 designers – 22nd to 25th November 2012 – London

Craft Central opens the doors to its two fascinating Victorian buildings – start your visit in Clerkenwell Green and then find St John’s Square just 2 minutes away. Go ‘behind the scenes’ and explore the workshops of this renowned design community. Whether you’ve got an hour or a whole day, mingle with the makers in the studios where they work their magic. One ticket allows unlimited access over 4 days, including Thursday’s launch event and Friday’s late night shopping.

Avoid the high street this Christmas and opt for handmade! Pick up jewellery, fashion, interior products, ceramics, accessories and traditional crafts by 100+ selected UK designers. Choose a gift, commission a unique piece, find a bespoke design service or just browse… this shopping treat is topped off by meeting the maker.

Craft Central is famous for great jewellery design – this November, adorn yourself with big names like Sonia Cheadle, Sarah Herriot, Amy Keeper and Mark Nuell. Continuing the fashion theme, milliner to the stars (including Fern Cotton, Dita Von Teese, Alexa Chung and Lily Allen) Katherine Elizabeth is on hand with vintage-inspired hats for the party season and cover up with Kate Jones’ gorgeous knitwear.

Once you’ve decorated yourself, why not focus on your home? The Showcase gallery plays host to a Pop Up Design Shop brimming with gorgeous interior products, including Susan Bradley’s sleek London Landmark bookends. In the studios – find a world of intricacy in Ikuko Iwamoto’s ceramics, Michelle Mason’s London inspired interior products brighten any home, Helen Beard’s hand-illustrated characters come to life on hand-thrown porcelain and spot your favourite London street in Vic Lee’s unmistakable prints.

Go back to the roots of making and discover the fascinating processes… and get your Christmas shopping done too! Refuel with refreshments from Chop’s Cakes and the food market in St John’s Square.

Launch Night on Thurs 22 Nov, 5-8pm

Late Night Shopping on Fri 23 Nov, 12noon – 8pm

Avoid high street crowds on Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov, 12-5pm

Craft Central has TWO buildings:
21 Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DX & 33-35 St John’s Square EC1M 4DS

Admission £3 each (under 16’s free)

onshow@craftcentral.org.uk

020 7251 0276

London Design Festival 2012 – Craft Central Events – 17th to 25th September

Celebrating the diversity of UK contemporary craft and design, Craft Central brings you 3 intriguing events for the London Design Festival:

One Day Designers Sale: Interior Products

Date: Monday 17 Sept 2012, 12noon – 7pm

Venue: Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS

FREE ADMISSION

Treat your home! Distinctive contemporary craft for the home at discount prices. The One Day Designers Sale is back… but think bigger, better and bolder for London Design Festival 2012. For one day only, find distinctive contemporary craft for the home by over 30 UK designers cherry picked to help spruce up your pad!

Delve through the tempting interior products on sale, including: Design K’s vibrant furniture; Charlene Mullen’s unmistakable cushions; IKUKO Iwamoto’s intricate ceramics; Loughlion Design’s ingenious kitchen solutions; and Kate Clarke’s colourful homeware to brighten any kitchen. Celebrate London and bring the city indoors with London Kills Me’s distinctive prints and Michelle Mason’s famous cushions.

Lighten up with HAM’s quirky ‘hammade’ printed products; Sarah Bonallo’s inventive upholstery; Namiko Murakoshi’s adorable Hairy Babes ceramics; Haidee Drew’s playful interior products; and bring a smile to breakfast time with Takae Mizutani’s My Egg & Soldiers tableware.

As well as sneak previews of exciting new work, snap up bargains from previous collections. Make the most of the extraordinary discounts on offer (with selected items up to 50% off retail prices) and make your house the envy of the street!

This exceptional shopping treat is topped off by meeting the maker in person – come and meet…

Alice Bree, Alison Brent, DesignK, Charlene Mullen, Chris Edwards, Daniel Spring, Deryn Relph, Gina Pierce Design, Haidée Drew, Helen Foot Design, Henna Craft, IKUKO Iwamoto Ceramics, Jane Sleator Ceramics, Jayna’s Designs, Scamp Baby Gifts, HAM, kate clarke London, The Intricate Project, Linda Gifford, Lok Ming Fung Ceramics, RALLI Design, martin Horgan, Suitcase Susie, Michelle Mason, Namiko Murakoshi, Nancy Straughan Printed Textiles, LondonKillsMe, Loughlion Design, Chairs By Sarah Bonallo, Stewart Martin Johnson, Takae Mizutani, Tina Vlassopulos, and Tracey Bush.

More details at  http://www.craftcentral.org.uk/september-sale

 

Inspired by London

Dates: 18-23 Sept 2012

Opening times: http://craftcentral.org.uk/calendar

Venue: The Showcase, Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS

FREE ADMISSION

Collective exhibition by seven London based designers. United in their passion for all things London, an eclectic group of 7 designer makers join forces for the London Design Festival. This London themed exhibition will showcase the diversity of art, fashion, interior products and jewellery inspired by our capital.

Exhibitors include:

Bronagh Kennedy – Distinctive limited edition digital prints inspired by London’s landmark buildings.

London Kills Me – Prints, cards, wall hangings and interior textiles inspired by the history and architecture of London and its changing urban landscape, using traditional artisan printing methods.

Vic Lee – Limited edition screen prints of London’s neighbourhoods and streetscapes.

Rosemary Lucas – River Thames themed contemporary jewellery, including sterling silver cuffs.

Michelle Mason – Interior products inspired by London’s bus destinations, its skyline, landmarks and iconic transport. Sarah Eyton –

Bold fashion accessories, including cuffs depicting London’s skyline.

Amy Keeper – A new collection of contemporary jewellery inspired by vintage London market traders tokens from Smithfield and Spitalfields Markets.

 

Rob Braybrooks – Exhibition

Dates: 17-23 Sept 2012

 Opening times: http://craftcentral.org.uk/calendar

Venue: The Corner Shop
Craft Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DX

FREE ADMISSION

Designer maker, Rob Braybrooks brings a slice of Cornwall to Clerkenwell for the London Design Festival with his hand cut wood relief wall hung designs and art pieces.

Inspired by the back-lit silhouettes and lines created in natural and urban landscapes, he produces delicate light birch wood hand cut relief upon dark painted frame boards. 

 

About Craft Central

www.craftcentral.org.uk

At the cutting edge of craft for 30 years, Craft Central (CC) is an oasis in the city – actively promoting, nurturing and strengthening the future of UK craft and design. Designer makers flourish through insightful support, affordable studio spaces, accessible exhibition facilities and valuable opportunities. We understand designer makers, connecting over 600 through our growing dynamic national Network. We build relationships within our creative community and reach out to diverse audiences. CC is a destination for innovative craft and design, showcasing stimulating exhibitions, talks and ‘meet the maker’ experiences. 

Area: London  South East

Editors Look At “Craft Central Gets Hitched” – 22nd to 25th March 2012 – Central London’s Handmade Wedding Fair

Unlike your average wedding fair this little gem offers a look at the main elements you are going to need for your big day. Due to the exhibitors being craftsmen and craftswomen most items can be tailored to your personal style and ideas. A major advantage is you get to meet the crafters face to face instantly so can discuss personal requirements.

Amongst those showing their work are a number of silversmiths and jewellery designers, some who even hold their own studios in the Craft Central building itself.

Examples of delicious cakes and unique wedding favours are on show to give ideas on how to make your guests happy.

Photographers have samples of their work on display so that you can make sure your special day is brought back to mind with happiness. And of course a number of designers have samples on show to give examples of dresses you could be wearing.

I can’t express enough that if you want your wedding day to be unique this is the most vital wedding fair you need to go to, so make sure you take a look! The venue is inside the Craft central building, easily visible on the corner of St Johns Square, London, EC1M 4DS. The nearest train and tube station is Farringdon but it also isn’t far from Chancery Lane. For more info see our previous article.

Area – London