SOUTH EAST MAKERS CLUB 2016
2016 was the inaugural year for the South East Makers Club. Structured around a walking trail spanning from Deptford to Peckham, nine venues acted as a showcase for some of the diverse and talented makers living and working in South East London.
The trail consisted of workshops, exhibitions, films, a craft and design market and even a 'designer' pub quiz hosted by Tom O'Dell and the South East London Journal. Read more about all of the events below.
ALL 2016 EVENTS
With thanks to Lewisham Art House, the South East Makers Club presented a series of talks, conversations and workshops by local designers and makers, spanning a range of design disciplines including industrial design, furniture making, textile design and graphics: Jay Osgerby + Max Fraser in conversation, talk by Ben Chatfield of Bravo Charlie Mike Hotel, Candice Lau leather workshop, Sebastian Cox Q&A, talk by Eleanor Pritchard (pictured), talk by Tord Boontje.
An installation by award winning furniture designer and maker Sebastian Cox (pictured), accompanied by a photographic exhibition by Yeshen Venema. The space was kindly provided by Deptford Market Yard.
See, touch, talk, ask. We had extraordinary access to the studios of internationally recognised makers Eleanor Lakelin, Catarina Riccabona and Leah Jensen (pictured). Tours took place four times a day.
Simple Shape presented a joint exhibition by the potters Jono Smart and Luke Eastop featuring new pieces including vessels, glaze tiles, recipes & prints.
Real to Reel, the UK’s first film festival devoted to craft, was launched by the Crafts Council and Crafts Magazine in 2016. This diverse selection of shorts, screened at the Curzon Goldsmiths, looked at our relationship with materials and making.
The Makers Market was an opportunity to browse and buy some of the best craft and design the South East has to offer. Exhibitors included Conpot, Noble Handmade, The Kiln Rooms and Not Another Bill to name a few.
Rachael Potter, the apprentice of renowned ceramists Chris Keenan and Carina Ciscato, presented her first solo show across the weekend at Vanguard Court. On Sunday Chris & Carina gave a talk followed by demonstrations. Ceramic artists Robert Cooper and Henry Pim also opened their studio and provided talks and demonstrations.
Designers took to the decks at The Fat Walrus, in celebration of the first Makers Club. Guest DJs included Sebastian Cox, Yeshen Venema and others.
Local quizmaster, Tom O’Dell and the South East London Journal provided something special to round off the weekend: a pub quiz with a difference, where all the questions were submitted by designers and makers on the subject of designing and making. Quiz-goers even had a change to get hands-on themselves with a plasticine round.