A Peek into London Craft Week

Having been postponed from earlier in the year, London Craft Week was not dampened by the threat of a second wave of COVID19 in the city and hosted numerous live and digital events from September 30th to October 10th 2020.

This 2020 London craft week represented British craft, its heritage and culture and design, fashion and craftsmanship from around the world as an integral part of the celebrations. As part of the activities, which included a “300 Object” showcase exhibition, there were installations, discussions, studio tours and workshops. Beautiful displays and a wide range of craftspeople were selected by guest curators to place a spotlight on “ the material, the maker, the process and the inspiration”of 2020.

Fran Dawkins participated in a variety of digital events while she was in the UK including Daylesford Discusses; Craft, The Maker & Sustainability. The discussion highlighted the waste crisis and pointed out how two thirds of the world’s resources are discarded and thrown into landfill. A cultural shift needs to be introduced and incentives for businesses to reuse resources. How waste is dealt with could inspire society to take better care of their things. In conclusion, the discussion panel which included Malaika Byng, Editor of The Craft Council’s Crafts Magazine, Charlotte Kidger, a London based Maker and Beatrice Larkin, a woven textile designer based in London felt that current consumer patterns predict our future so society would need to be diverted away from buying new things to achieve the sustainable future that we all desire.