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London Craft Week at the V&A

The V&A Academy has teamed up with London Craft Week again this year to celebrate outstanding craftsmanship through a series of demonstrations and panel discussions that you can join both online and in-person at V&A South Kensington.

London Craft Week 2022 seeks to celebrate outstanding British and international creativity, bringing together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world. A curated selection based not on price or fame, but underlying substance. Plus, that essential dash of magic and inspiration that separates great from good. 

With a firm focus on sustainability, you’ll be able to enjoy demonstrations about upholstery with furnituremaker Jay Blades from Jay & Co, much-loved maker from The Repair Shop (BBC One) or get behind-the-scenes insights about tailoring techniques 'with Kimberley Megan Lawton from LAWTON tailors, who details her journey of creating a men’s suit. Her demonstration coincides with the V&A's Fashioning Masculinity: The Art of Menswear exhibition

To celebrate the International Year of Glass, join a panel of innovative glass artists, Anthony Amoako-Attah, Laura Quinn and James Maskrey, who will discuss with V&A Senior Curator Reino Liefkes what inspires them and how this translates into glass. You can discover the V&A's vast glass collection online or enjoy the glass gallery in person on a curator-led tour. 

Meet James Maskrey, a highly skilled artist whose glass takes on the visual qualities of porcelain, liquid and even printed photography. James uses predominantly hot glass to create factual and imagined objects that often take the form of individual pieces or collections of curiosities. 

Laura Quinn is an Irish designer and glassmaker. This year Laura created a new and experimental series of work entitled Tacit Bodies which went on display in Collect Open as part of the Craft Council's Collect 2022, from this show a piece has been acquired for Ulster Museum’s public collection in Belfast. 

Hear how Ghanaian born, Sunderland based glass artist Anthony Amoako-Attah sees glass and uses screen-printing techniques to create a look like woven fabric that uses Ghanaian cultural Adinkra symbols and native Kente patterns. You can find out more about the work here.  

To take a further look at fabrics, textiles, and African fashion and how makers from other disciplines get inspired you can explore more through the V&A's Africa Fashion exhibition which opens on 2nd July.

Find all the London Craft Week and V&A Academy workshops that take place 9 - 15 May or explore the full London Craft Week 9-15 May programme here.

The V&A Academy's online and in-person part-time adult courses, practical workshops, professional development opportunities allow you to experience the V&A’s wealth of knowledge in new and exciting ways.

Jay Blades (Jay & Co)
Laura Quinn (credit: Tim Sava)
Antarctic Expedition by James Maskrey