Craft Central to hold Winter Market
By Mark Hayhurst 30 Oct 2017
Craft Central will hold its first Winter Market in its new London home, The Forge.
The event will be held from November 24-26, bringing together over 50 talented craftspeople to sell handmade products ranging from home accessories, fashion and jewellery to ceramics, stationery, prints and more.
This festive event is a chance for visitors to meet and shop directly from designer-makers, explore Craft Central’s imaginatively converted 19th century Victorian forge building, take part in one of the family craft workshops and and enjoy a drink in the pop-up café.
The Winter Market will feature work by makers selected from Craft Central’s network of 700 designer-makers, including: Frank Horn’s handcrafted leather accessories made in London using vegetable-tanned leather; Rachel Cox’s functional ceramic tableware created in a range of block colours; geometric, monochrome lino-cut prints by Charis Tsang; and knitted home accessories by Kate Jones, which she creates using natural fibres that are spun and dyed in the British Isles. Products on sale at the Winter Market will range in price from £2.50 to £500.
Craft Central – a charity that has supported craftsmanship and craftspeople in the UK for 40 years - moved to The Forge in the Isle of Dogs, East London in September. This Grade II listed ironworks has been imaginatively converted to provide creative studios, workshops, offices, shared workspaces and the Exhibition Hall. By moving to the Isle of Dogs, Craft Central is bringing design and making back to an area of traditional industry.
The Winter Market is part of Craft Central’s ongoing programme of public events at The Forge, which include open studio events and its popular Craft It Yourself workshops, positioning the building as a destination in its own right and bringing new commercial life into the area. Through these events, Craft Central will also become a creative hub for the local community.