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