Wednesday, 13 August 2014

COMING SOON! Total Fabrication for #LDF14 September 2014!

Craft Central presents TOTAL FABRICATION for London Design Festival – an interactive exhibition of contemporary design for interiors with a material twist. TOTAL FABRICATION will reveal the work of a talented group of designer-makers with an innovative approach to materials. The exhibit will evolve throughout the festival as live demonstrations of the fascinating craft processes take place each day.

15-24 Sept 2014 - 10.30am - 6.30pm (Closed Sun 21 Sept 2014)
Private View Tuesday 16 Sept 2014 6-8pm 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Total Fabrication is on its way - announced by Turnbull Grey’s amazing design!

Thank you Turnbull Grey! We love our exhibition branding for Total Fabrication, an exhibition of contemporary design for interiors for London Design Festival 2014 opening 15th September!

15-24 Sept 2014 / 10.30am - 6.30pm (Closed Sun 21 Sept 2014) / Private View Tuesday 16 Sept 2014 6-8pm

Thursday, 3 July 2014

MIC May 2014 Portraits

Look at what we've just found in our archives, portraits by Aysa Gefter from Made in Clarkenwell May 2014. Thank you Aysa for these wonderful photos and great memories of the open studios.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Spotlight on Craft Central for Clerkenwell Design Week

Over the past couple of weeks the spotlight has been on Craft Central! We have been busy with Made In Clerkenwell and Clerkenwell Design Week and have enjoyed every minute of it! Craft Central would like this opportunity to thank everyone.

First all of we would like to say thank you to Graphic Designers Turnbull Grey for their design work on our display posters, displaying what Craft Central does for the community!

We would also like to thank Kate Hodgson for her inspirational quote summing up what Craft Central means to her. Kate is based at Craft Central studios and has been a member here for 19 years. Kate makes wonderful pieces of jewellery inspired by her passion for drawing. She also shares this love for drawing through her involvement in Hackney Children's Art School were she teaches children to draw.

In the entrance foyer of St John's Square building there was a display for Spotlight on Craft Central, showing the four aspects of Craft Central. Places and spaces, network, in business and on show. Each of these four aspects held displays by artists who represent each phase of our network and was curated by guest curator Charlene Lam of Creative Clerkenwell.

Representing Places and Spaces was Sarah Hocombe's work. Sarah creates fresco fragments using small pieces of reclaimed brick.

Four very different styles of work represent Craft Central Network. TheBigForest create handmade wool felt bears which are distinctly unique using bright and bold colours. Cornish based maker Rob Braybrooks creates striking art pieces using hand cut reliefs to capture details. KuKu Big Bag are a unique brand of hand crafted modern and functional bags, which are designed for creative professionals. Last but not least is Maggie Smith who makes amazing basketry work and offers workshops from her Northampton based studio.

Bronagh Kennedy represented In Business, Bronagh creates fun quirky limited edition prints, the prints bring together her love of architecture, photography and cities combining her love of colour patterns and structures.
Hats by London based award winning milliner Katherine Elizabeth represented On Show. Katherine creates hand made hats to a high quality while always adding a personal touch to each piece, she also has hat making workshops and is involved in Craft It Yourself at Craft Central.

And a big thank you to photographer Alex Witt for his wonderful pictures from Made in Clerkenwell and our Spotlight on Craft Central display. And to Studio Roso for their sculptural lighting installation for Clerkenwell Design Week.

Finally Craft Central would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that has participated in Made in Clerkenwell and Clerkenwell Design Week and making the last two weeks successful, we are already looking forward to next year!

Thursday, 15 May 2014


Opens at 5PM tonight!

Made In Clerkenwell: Open Studios

100 Designers, 2 buildings

Join us for a drink as we kick-off launch night tonight! Plan your shopping list here:

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The excitement builds....

Two days to go till the doors open and its a flurry of activity at Craft Central as we set up for the big day.

Shop for ready-to-buy fashion, jewellery, accessories, ceramics, print-making, illustration
and interior products by 100 selected UK designer-makers. Choose a gift, commission a unique piece, find a bespoke design service or
just browse... Whether you can spare an hour or a whole day, mingle with the makers in the studios where they work their magic.

You can pre-book your tickets and avoid the queue here

Friday, 9 May 2014

Craft Central Members Make It To Kickstarter 2014!!

Craft Central is proud to announce 3 of its’ Network members – Rosie May Hofman, Jeanne Marell and Agnieszka Maksymiuk, have been chosen as part of the 2014 Kickstarter line up.

The hotly contended contest now begins to find the ‘People’s Choice’ KickStarter.

International Jewellery London’s acclaimed KickStart bursary initiative, aimed at supporting the Best of British young jewellers, offers ten talented designers a place on this unique mentoring programme

IJL's Trend partner, the leading jewellery forecaster, Adorn Insight, will once again be awarding the Adorn Insight Award to one outstanding KickStarter.

The industry is now invited to vote for the one designer to watch as the ‘People’s Choice’, who will be awarded a free stand in the Design Gallery at IJL 2015. The voting begins on May 6 – and closes on June 6. 

You can vote for your your favourite Kickstarter here

Rosie May Hofman
Rosie May is an adventurous designer who thrives on her original approach of creating unique treasures. She creates jewellery that uses modern technologies alongside traditional and ancient craft. Sentiment and meaning is embedded in the design, whilst capturing a conceptual thread.
She creates collections from intricately designed elements in silver and gold vermeil. Each piece can be strung, stacked and interconnected, creating a collection with endless possibilities. Elements interact with one another in different ways, creating a ‘mechanical elegance’. Spontaneity, curiosity, interaction and narrative are all at the heart of the Treasure Maker.
Rosie will also be exhibiting at Cluster in June.

Jeanne Marell
Jeanne Marell designs and makes minimalist jewellery with a twist from her studio in London, alongside a successful career in product, colour and materials design. Jeanne believes in creating unique, enduring designs. Her pieces are precious objects with a style that lasts beyond the next fashion trend. Forms are often combinations of simple geometries and each design combines two materials or finishes in an unexpected way. They reveal their intricate detailing to those who take a closer look. Jeanne Marell produces work in gold and silver, and often combines these with non-precious materials such as wood, perspex and nylon.

Agnieszka Maksymiuk
Agnieszka Maksymiuk is an award winning jewellery designer maker with Polish origins, having trained first in Poland at the Academy of Fine Arts (MA, Design for Industry) and then in the United Kingdom (HND Jewellery & Silversmithing, Birmingham). Her vocational education and years of experience contribute to her creation of original pieces with artistic potential made from precious materials, combining new and traditional techniques. All the details are hand carved by the artist and paintings are transferred onto the metal surface. This creative jewellery aims to exist as small sculptures and pieces of art. Her new collection is about the relationship between the urban and the natural world in different places and cultures, inspired by the landscapes of England and Poland. The main objective is to catch the essence and potential of the particular place and tell the viewer a story which is hidden behind each piece. At the moment Agnieszka is an Artist in Residence and visiting lecturer at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

As we get closer

The momentum builds at Craft Central

With less than a week left till the Made In Clerkenwell Open Studios, we can’t help but feel excited to play host to over 100 amazing designers.

Drop by for our special launch night on Thursday 15th, join us for a drink and some late night shopping on Friday 16th May or avoid the high street crowds on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th.

We look forward to seeing you all there in A WEEK!!!