Friday, 30 January 2015

Spot Craft Central Members in Cambridge!

I have been working at Craft Central for over a year and have become so familiar with spotting our designers work that I see our members work everywhere I go. Even living in Cambridge I can spot our members work in my local galleries and shops. While taking a trip down the Kings Parade this weekend there are four shops where I saw nine Craft Central designers work!

Byard Arts

Directly opposite King’s College Chapel, Byard Arts Gallery has a innovative exhibition programme of solo and mixed shows by contemporary artists and designers and their most recent included three Craft Central Jewellers!

Emma Habbeshon Jewellery is one of my favourite Craft Central designer makers, for her striking use of geometric shapes and patterns to create innovative sculptural pieces. Previous exhibitor at Made in Clerkenwell 2014 and maker of my much-loved pair of earrings!
Daisy Choi Jewellery company DayC explores sculptural forms, reflecting her background in 2D and 3D design. Her studio is based at Craft Central in Clerkenwell and often exhibiting with MIC and fashioned 2014 and  Imprint 2013.
Claire Lowe Jewellery was featured at Byard with a number of pieces from her Tea Collection and Knitted/Woolen Range. Claire’s work continually develops through experimentation with new materials and processes. We love having her distinctive collections of work at our Made in Clerkenwell event.

Primavera Gallery

A wonderful packed gallery and shop with three floors of British arts and crafts to explore and a small sister shop near Kettles Yard. With two long term Craft Central designer makers work included.

Mark Nuell uses his extensive metalworking and gem-setting skills to create a constantly evolving collection of work with beautiful and rare gems. Based in our Clerkenwell Studios Mark’s work has even been on the front of our Made in Clerkenwell branding.

A well established London Jewellery studio since the eighties, her work has been shown internationally and featured in a number of articles and books published worldwide.

Cambridge Contemporary Art

Lovely space just off the Kings Parade specialising in handmade prints, paintings, sculptures and crafts and involved it Own Art Scheme. In their Gallery Space I recognised Kerry Hastings work straight away.

Her distinctive ceramics work is unmistakable, CCA exhibits her Lustred Bowls collection which combines a contemporary colour palette with traditional ceramics processes to create beautiful and unique vessels. This collection of work was also featured in our Summer Made in Clerkenwell Branding.

CambridgeContemporary Craft

A gorgeous tiny gallery just off the Kings Parade, they show Ceramics, Glass, Jewellery & Metalwork, Painting, Prints, Textiles and Woodwork. As well as three Craft Central Jewellers!

Lauren Rowden founder of Ellie Air Jewellery, designs minimalist jewellery and made entirely by her in her studio in East London. Ellie Air Jewellery is has been a exhibitor at our Made in Clerkenwell exhibition twice and we love her distinctive minimalist jewellery.
Sarah Hallowes Jewellery designs her work with a love of vintage objects and combining textiles, silver and other elements to create beautiful handmade jewellery. As well as a previous exhibitor with Made in Clerkenwell Sarah Hallowes also exhibited with us on Gets Hitched 2012 and 11. We enjoy her playful work and the mixture of processes and materials she uses to create beautiful unique pieces.
A exciting new member and designer maker to Craft Central Maike Browning creates stunning tactile, delicate jewellery, inspired by natural forms and intricate patterns of Indian textiles.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Handmade Christmas Shopping Guide!

Avoid the high street and buy #handmade this Christmas!
Here is our guide to where to go Christmas shopping and buy the best handmade gifts and cards in London this month!

London Winter Craft Fairs

Buy direct from the designer! 

East London Design show at The Old Truman Brewery
Dates: 4th-7th December
Opening Times: Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm.
“A feat of the best modern, original design from UK & International Independent Designers”

Etsy House Christmas Pop-Up Shop near Leicester Square! 
Dates: 5th- 7th December
Opening Times: Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 7th 12-6pm.
Etsy Christmas Shop will feature live craft demonstrations and workshops and customised gifts!

Barbican Christmas Market
Dates: 12th-21st December
Opening Times: 4-8:30pm Monday-Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-8:30pm
The Barbican Hosts a 10 day Christmas market with 35 independent designers and makers! 

At Craft Central this month we have four Christmas Pop-Up Shops!

The Makers' Emporium
Date: 2nd - 7th December              
Opening Times: 10am-9pm (closing on the 7th at 5pm)
Location: The Gallery, Craft Central, EC1M 4DS
The second annual one-week Christmas boutique brought to you by London’s largest affordable artist studio provider Second Floor Studios & Arts (SFSA).
Date: 2nd – 7th December
Opening Times: Tue 9-9, Wed 9-8, Thu 9-9, Fri 9-8, Sat& Sun 11-5 
Location: The Showcase, Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS
The Festive Gift Boutique is back this holiday season for all your Christmas needs with 10 award winning designers.
WAFFLE Pop Up Shop
Date: 2nd-7th December
Opening Times: Thursday 4th December 11am– 9pm, Weekdays 11am - 7pm, Weekend 11am - 5pm 
Location: The Corner Shop, Craft Central, EC1R 0DX

WAFFLE Design are here with their amazing throws and cushions, throughout the week with special Christmas promotions.
Creative Clerkenwell’s Christmas Pop-Up Shop
Date: 16th – 23rd December
Opening Times: weekdays 11am-7pm, weekend 11am-5pm, private view Tuesday 16th Dec, 6-8pm 
Location: The Gallery, Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS
Creative Clerkenwell’s Christmas Pop-Up Shop for design enthusiasts returns for 2014!
Featuring great gifts and London Design Souvenirs from UK designers and makers, plus complimentary gift wrapping, including a sticker station!
Christmas Wonderland Pop up
Date: 16th – 21st December 
Opening Times: 12-6:30pm on weekdays and Saturday. Sunday 21st, 12- 4:00pm. 
Location: The Corner Shop, Craft Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DX

Enter Arabel Lebrusan’s Christmas wonderland and discover the perfect present for your sister, girlfriend or even hard to please mother.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Winter Made in Clerkenwell Highlights!

Made in Clerkenwell is over but it was such an amazing craft-filled festive weekend! We are so happy with the great feedback we have had over the weekend and lots of reports from happy customers and designers!

Check out our highlight images from the show. A big thank you to our photographer Alex Witt, Goldsmith's Ruth Moir for the images!

St John's Square!

“Thanks so much @Cockpit_Arts and @CraftCentralUK for a great weekend!! Such great events and so many amazing talented jewellery designers!” The Inside Jeweller 

‏“Our favourite wintertime open studios is here! #MadeInClerkenwell” MidCentury Magazine 

“Almost all my Christmas shopping done at @CraftCentralUK Clerkenwell open studios, direct from makers & no crowds” Carry Somers

Clerkenwell Green!

“Happy Open Studios to all @CraftCentralUK!!! (on until Sunday)” Crafts Magazine

“Going back today to @CraftCentralUK for #madeinclerkenwell fabulous designer gifts for Christmas” Susan Pickin


PB London “Spent the day @CraftCentralUK Beautiful work and effort by all designer makers ! Enjoyed my day at #MadeInClerkenwell !”

“Really enjoyed the beautiful cushions @CiaraWaffle and cool letterpress from @marbyandelm @CraftCentralUK this weekend #london #craft #gifts” TheBigForest 

“As always lovely to pop into @CraftCentralUK” Farah Qureshi 

Craft Central Recycles! Activity Room

Friday, 28 November 2014

‘On the second day of Made in Clerkenwell...'

Made in Clerkenwell is off to a bang!

Over 120 designers have descended on Clerkenwell! Over our two victorian studio buildings and the Goldsmiths Centre making 3 buildings of festive craft and design for you to enjoy! 

Re-fuel with Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings pop-up cafe serving up sweet and savoury treats and The Bench Cafe at The Goldsmiths’ Centre for even more delicious food and drink. Not to mention our free mulled wine bar in Clerkenwell Green!

We launched with a bang last night! A big thank you to Alex Witt Photography & Ruth at The Goldsmiths' Centre for snapping the action - check out what we got up to below...

We're open late this evening (Friday) and all weekend - come join the fun and meet over 120 makers! Find out more and plan your visit here


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

’Twas the night before Made in Clerkenwell’

Made in Clerkenwell opens tomorrow and the set up is underway!

Tomorrow our exhibitors will arrive and transform Goldsmiths Centre and our Victorian studio buildings into a festive craft wonderland! A place to find a gift to satisfy even the most challenging Christmas shopping wish list!

Inside we're still busy preparing the show, but from the outside we look good and ready! Check out our enticing window displays and giant exhibition banners below. A big thank you to Turnbull Grey for designing our branding!

Find out more and plan your visit here

Monday, 24 November 2014

‘Who are you looking forward to seeing at Made in Clerkenwell?’

Made in Clerkenwell opens in 3 days and with over 120 designers work to see it is going to be a busy craft packed weekend! To help you plan out your trip here is my guide to some of Made in Clerkenwell best bits!

Made in Clerkenwell Highlights!
Monokraum will be at The Goldsmiths Centre with her amazing prints and doing live demos of Lino cutting for printing during the show!

For the first time ever Craft Central Recycles project will have its own exhibiting space in the St Johns Square building with lots of make it yourself kits and sheets in their activities room.

Marby&Elm Personnel customized stationary printed as you wait at Clerkenwell Green exclusively for #MadeInClerkenwell and Libertys London!

TukTuk Giveaway! During #MadeInClerkenwell VicLee will be raising money for Manacare Foundation and 2 lucky people will win one of these gorgeous customized TukTuks! at St Johns Square!

Jacqui’s Top 5 Fashion & Accessories
Sahar Millinery- Milliner to the stars! Come try on Sahar Millinery's work at St Johns Square!

Alexandra Tosto- Gorgeous jewellery inspired from geometric honeycomb shapes, showing at Goldsmiths Centre!

Amy Keeper- Jeweller with a number of cohesive collections with a sense of Victorian narrative Studio 27 St Johns Square!

Yelena Loguiiko- Fashion Designer interested in creating classical yet quirky shapes that emphasise the feminine shape. Studio 18 Clerkenwell Green!

KuKu Big Bag- brand of handcrafted, functionally designed leather accessories at St John Square!

Jacqui’s Top 5 Interior Designers
North River- Beautiful handmade river printed silhouettes at St Johns Square!

Claire Ward-Thornton- Illustrator and surface print designer showing at Goldsmiths Centre!

Mel Smith- Surface Designer passionate about pattern and colour showing at St Johns Square!

House of Cally- design company producing fun intricate drawings with 1950's pastel colours, showing at St Johns Square!

Paper Tango- Passionate for papercraft and a love of sophisticated minimalist design, check out their Christmas cards at Studio 39 Clerkenwell Green!

Admission £3 each (under 16’s free) / Jump the queue and book online at

Avoid the high street! Thurs 27 Nov, 5-8pm, late night shopping Fri 28 Nov, 12noon - 8pm / Sat 29 & Sun 30 Nov, 12-5pm* (*The Goldsmiths’ Centre is closed on Sunday)

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