Thursday, 31 January 2013

Mirror, mirror...

The builders are putting the finishing touches to our new gallery and we're all set to show it off with the inaugural exhibition, Head to Toe - a showcase of contemporary millinery and shoe design. The sparkly new space is all mine from next week to start installing the show and I can't wait! 

Now you can't have hats and shoes without mirrors to admire them in... A big thank you to Haidee Drew who will help me hang a wall of 50 of her amazing mirrors. Like this (but lots more!) -

The show opens on 18 Feb so pop in and see for yourself! Find out more and plan your visit here

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Feeling inspired by Head to Toe... Why not Craft it Yourself?

To celebrate our upcoming exhibition, Head to Toe - a showcase of contemporary millinery and shoe design, we have lined up special CIY: Craft it Yourself workshops in hat making and shoe decoration.

Pimp your pumps or fashion a fascinator at our fun evenings of making, under the expert guidance of Head to Toe exhibitors, shoe designer Hetty Rose and milliner Katherine Elizabeth. More details and dates for your diary here. Workshops cost just £19.99 (Including materials and complimentary wine) and you can book online here .

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Head to Toe (18-28 Feb 2013)

Supporting UK craft and design from our Clerkenwell base for over 30 years, Craft Central celebrates the launch of our new galleries this February. Our interesting Victorian buildings have long housed studios, exhibition spaces and business advice for designer makers, but 2013 sees an exciting expansion of our gallery facilities in St John’s Square, enabling us to grow our programme of public exhibitions and events.

The inaugural exhibition is set to show off our brand new galleries to great effect! Coinciding with London Fashion Week, Head to Toe will showcase the best in contemporary millinery and shoe design.

Head to Toe will explore the craft process and skill behind the drama, impact and, often, fun of hats and shoes. With covetable work from an exciting and diverse group of 20 designers, you will find astounding sculptural forms and innovative use of materials from big names in the worlds of millinery and shoe design. Milliners include Stephen JonesNoel Stewart, House of Flora and Emma Yeo and we present shoes from Marloes ten Bhömer, Hetty Rose and London College of Fashion Cordwainers... to name but a few!

Head to Toe will showcase hats by: Atelier Millinery, Bailey Tomlin, Dinu Bodiciu, Emma Yeo, House of Flora, Katherine Elizabeth, Lisa Critcher, Martina Bohn, Noel StewartRachel Black, Raina Lehmann and Stephen Jones. And shoes by: Anthropoid Clothing, Caroline Groves, Hetty Rose, London College of Fashion Cordwainers, Marloes ten Bhömer, Namaan Ebdon and Tracey Neuls. Mirrors by: Haidee Drew.

Check out some of their incredible work...

Come see for yourself! Find out more and plan your visit here

Press please!
For more information about Head to Toe and for high res images please contact the curator, Exhibitions & Events Manager Sarah Hewett / 02072510276

Many thanks to our generous sponsors
Flor Unikon
Box Supermarket
Turnbull Grey
Atelier Millinery
Hat Block Hire
Little Greene 
Tim Co Builders Ltd

Hire our new galleries...
The Craft Central galleries are available to hire at highly affordable rates - find out more here.

Monday, 21 January 2013

The Showcase gets a make over!

We're excited to reveal our new re-vamped Showcase, shown off beautifully by Anna Master's paintings (a sneaky peek below!)

You can check it out in person, along with 45 designers and their fashion treats, at One Day Designer Sale on 12 Feb!

Planning your own exhibition?
Perfectly located in the heart of creative Clerkenwell, the Showcase space is available to hire on a weekly basis. We're all about supporting UK craft and design here at CC, so the hire rates are super affordable (peanuts for a central London gallery). Find out more here and contact us to compare diaries! 020 7251 0726.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Thank you Turnbull Grey! We love our Head to Toe design...

With the builders putting the finishing touches to our new gallery spaces, we are super excited to be planning the launch! The inaugural exhibition, Head to Toe, is all set for 18-28 Feb and will showcase contemporary millinery and shoe design in celebration of London Fashion Week.

A big thank you to Turnbull Grey who have designed the exhibition identity and promotional material. It's off to the printers now so look out for your invitation soon!

More information and plan your visit here

Monday, 7 January 2013

Forget the high street sales, One Day Designers Sale is back for 2013!

In the spirit of London Fashion Week, spruce up your wardrobe with designer bargains from 45 fashion, jewellery and accessories designers on 12 Feb 2013 at our One Day Designers Sale. This is your chance to buy distinctive fashion, jewellery and accessories from almost 45 UK designers... but don't miss out, it's for one day only! Alongside sneak previews of exciting new work, each designer will offer some great discounts - your last chance to snap up bargains from previous collections.

Take advantage of special discounts, with selected items up to 75% off! This event is a real gem for anyone looking to create an individual look, select a unique gift or simply find something special… go on, treat yourself!

Delve through tempting innovative fashion, jewellery and accessories... Discover covetable hand-printed bags and purses by Black Cactus; Frilly by Lily’s one-off up-cycled creations; wickedly versatile ethical garments from Outsider and Feng Ho; Suzie Lee’s gorgeous knitwear; Swithbert & Louis’ stunning capes made from quality British wool; and sumptuous vintage-inspired hats from Judy Bentinck, Bee Smith and Rachel Black. Craft Central is renowned for great jewellery design and this show is no exception. Adorn yourself with stunning fine jewellery by Sarah Herriot, Modica by Bronagh Kennedy, Sarah Stafford, Oxx Jewellery, Amanda Li Hope and Mandana Oskoui (amongst other big names).

Find out more and plan your visit here

The designers cherry picked to accessorise you are:
Alludio, Amanda Li Hope, Angela Fung, Annie Ruthven-Taggart, Antonia Ross Jewellery, Bee Smith Millinery, Black Cactus London, Ciara Bowles , Corinne Hamak, Darijus Gerlikas, Day C, De Anna Kiernan, Debbie Carlton, Dinah Gough, ESOTIC jewellery, Feng Ho, Francisco Rico, Frillybylily, Jo Angell Design, Judith Peterhoff, Judy Bentinck Millinery, Karen Fox, Karen Morrison, Kate Jones, Kizmet Jewellery, LaParra Jewels, LILWEN clothing, Louve de Nordneg, Mandana Oskoui, MODICA JEWELLERY, nnoodl, Outsider, Oxx, Paula Ortega, Poly Philippou, Quarter Angel, Rachel Black Millinery, Rosemary Lucas Jewellery, Sara Gunn, Sarah Herriot, Sarah Stafford Jewellery, Sima Vaziry, Suzie Lee, Swithbert & Louis, Wada