The array of handmade delights on offer at Cockpit Arts Open Studios left me too befuddled and incoherent with awe to mumble anything more profound than the odd “mmm, lovely” or “that’s really nice”. I occasionally remembered to take pictures inbetween drooling over crafts (actually, I did see someone literally drool on Katharine Morling’s work), so here are a few of my many, many favourites.
Click on the images for a direct link to the artist’s page.
Fanny Shorter’s nature/ anatomical-inspired textile prints
BeatWoven. These woven patterns are based on pieces of music (see the sound waves?).
Mariko Sumioka Jewellery
Clara Breen’s necklaces made from shredded maps
Action Space art, made by artists with learning disabilities
Nette’ leather goods
Carréducker llp handmade bespoke leather shoes.
Sophie Manners, who kindly gave us a little weaving lesson on her Harris loom.
Laura Long’s textile interpretations of children’s drawings
I’m really looking forward to Cockpit Arts Open Studios this weekend. Their 2012 (somehow I missed last year) evening in Deptford was AMAZING – we got to amble into studios and work spaces, ogle at looms and printing presses and paints, then ask the makers nosy questions. There was also some tasty food to be had, oh, and lots of beautiful handcrafted things to buy. As you might expect from a place full of talented and creative individuals who share a love for the beautiful and useful, the atmosphere of the studios is pretty wonderful too.
The Holborn studios are open this weekend, then Deptford next weekend. See you at both!