London Craft Week is an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.
Southwark Cathedral is delighted to be taken part in this year's London Craft Week which takes place between the 9 - 13 May.
The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be in the Churchyard on Wednesday and Thursday of this week holding free demonstrations of natural dyeing with plants and herbs that would have featured in a typical monastic herb garden. Find out how reds, yellows, blues and greens can be obtained from madder, woad and weld.
Over the course of the two days, a palette of colour will emerge from dyepots set up in the Churchyard.
We are also excited to welcome back students from the City & Guild's London School of Art who are studying Heritage Stone Carving. These students will be demonstrating their unique and ancient craft as they transform a piece of stone into a beautiful and decorative object. The students will be set-up in the Churchyard from 9 - 12 May so please take a look at what they are doing.
Tim Crawley, Head of the Historic Stone Carving Department at the school will also be presenting a talk about the great tradition of architectural stone carving that goes back millennia and the place it has in today’s world for contemporary and historic buildings where there is tremendous potential for figurative, foliate or abstract ornamentation.
This free talk will take place in the Cathedral Library at 7.00pm on Thursday 10 May and you can register for tickets here
For further details about London Craft Week you can visit the website here