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British Standard by Plain English celebrates London Craft Week with Rushmatters

By Mark Hayhurst 01 May 2019

To celebrate London Craft Week (May 8-12), British Standard will join forces with Bedfordshire-based Felicity Irons - founder of Rushmatters and one of the last remaining English rush weavers - to host a workshop at the brand’s recently refurbished Hoxton Showroom.

In addition, Irons will present a range of rush table top accessories comprising coasters (£9.60 each), circular table mats (£15 each) and bread baskets (£55 each), available for purchase at the British Standard Showroom for the duration of London Craft Week.

Taking place on Friday, May 10, between 10am and 5pm, class attendees will learn how to make their very own basket, using crops Irons harvests herself from a punt on the river Ouse and a range of techniques including twining, coiling, plaiting, knotting, sewing and roping.

Over the course of a freshly prepared lunch, Irons will be in conversation with Katie Fontana, founder of British Standard, discussing the history and traditions of a craft that remains unchanged since Anglo Saxon times.

To mark the start of London Craft Week, Irons has created a striking window installation at the Hoxton Showroom, in collaboration with kitten Grayson Flowers.

Bolts of English freshwater bulrush plaited and measuring up to 10ft in length have been artfully decorated with dried seasonal blooms.

Katie Fontana, Founder of British Standard by Plain English, said: “For some years now Plain English and British Standard have worked with Rushmatters for our showrooms. The elemental nature of the rush works beautifully with the plain elegance of our cupboards, providing the perfect compliment to the wood, stone and natural materials we use.

“And of course, the smell of rush is so wonderfully inviting, we like to think it encourages people to linger that little bit longer. Our aesthetic references the values of the past and gently evolves to the way we live now. We are delighted to be partnering with Rushmatters for London Craft Week, and celebrating the timelessness of Felicity’s craft.”

Felicity Irons, founder of Rushmatters, said: “It is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Katie Fontana and British Standard. I will be bringing a taste of our rush work from Bedfordshire to the Hoxton showroom and encouraging students to enjoy the scent, feel and texture of our English freshwater bulrush and learn to weave some of their own tableware.”

Tickets £60 (booking necessary via Eventbrite); Friday May 10, 10am - 5pm; British Standard Cupboards, 41 Hoxton Square, N1 6PB. All levels welcome.

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