9th September 2020

London Craft Week returns to the capital for its sixth edition from 30 September – 10 October 2020. Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, this year the festival brings together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.

As part of the programme we’re thrilled to be offering four exclusive Cockpit tours of our Holborn and Deptford studios, linking you to our world-class makers. Each tour is themed around a different discipline, leatherworking, textiles, ceramics and millinery. Limited to only six places on each tour to ensure appropriate social distancing, this is a rare opportunity to visit our buildings which are normally closed to the public. Refreshments provided by our favourite handcrafted gin brand Sipsmith.

Should physical tours not be possible, we will visit the studios digitally. See below about further measures we have put in place at the studios for public safety.

All tours cost £12 each and are bookable via London Craft Week.  Read on to see what’s on offer.

Masters of Leatherworking

30 September, 6:30 – 8pm, Cockpit Deptford
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Cockpit is home to some of the UK’s foremost craftspeople working in leather today. Join this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour to discover four makers each with a distinctive take on this versatile material: Charlie Laurie, Yusuf Osman, Harry Owen and Frances Pinnock.

Inspired by the nearby Greenwich Meridian, Charlie Laurie’s Meantime Collection is an innovative modern take on timeless designs. Yusuf Osman, founder of handsewn leather goods label Yussico, combines making refined handsewn leather goods with a flair for teaching his craft. Pairing vegetable tanned leathers with uncomplicated forms, Harry Owen’s pieces draw attention the natural beauty within the material. Frances Pinnock’s practice explores the possibilities of oak bark leather as a medium for sculpture.

Storytelling with Textiles

6 October, 6.30 – 8pm, Cockpit Holborn
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Makers working with textiles share their unique stories and how they communicate them in thread. Featuring textile artists, designers, and weavers Majeda Clarke, Ekta Kaul, Onome Otite, and Nadia-Anne Ricketts of Beatwoven.

For Majeda Clarke making cloth connects her to a long line of weavers and is the space where storytelling, making and memory meet. Textile artist Ekta Kaul creates embroidered maps that explore places, histories and belonging through stitch. Specialising in figurative textile collages, Onome Otite’s artworks are influenced by dance, fashion and world cultures. Disrupting conventional boundaries, Nadia-Anne Ricketts of Beatwoven fuses sound, pattern, colour and texture in her artworks.

Ceramic Art Today

7 October, 6:30 – 8pm, Cockpit Deptford
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The rise of ceramics in contemporary art is seemingly unstoppable. Join two leading ceramic artists in their studios to discover how each is pushing the boundaries of work in clay. Featuring Nico Conti and Anja Lubach.

Anja Lubach’s work explores the smooth, translucent and pure material properties of porcelain through experimental manipulation of the soft clay surface. Using a 3D printing machine to create delicate yet strong works in porcelain, Nico Conti’s practice is defined by intersecting technology with tradition.

Extraordinary British Millinery

8 October, 6.30 – 8pm, Cockpit Holborn
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Meet three milliners making unique, distinctive – and often spectacular – hats. Featuring leading milliners Judy Bentinck and Karen Henriksen alongside exciting new voice in millinery, Elise Gustilo.

Fusing contemporary design and heritage couture skills, Judy Bentinck’s hats are created as ready-to-wear or bespoke commissions. Bringing a milliner’s touch to everyday headwear Karen Henriksen strikes a balance between elegance, innovation and practicality. Elise Gustilo’s exquisite hats draw inspiration from her love of art and sculpture.


Covid 19 safety measures in place for visitors to Cockpit

It is our pleasure to welcome guests, in limited numbers, back to the studios for these tours.
We are asking all staff, makers and visitors to follow the relevant Government guidelines and health protocols to ensure the studios are a safe space for all.

This includes:
-Washing hands on arrival and when leaving (hand sanitiser is provided at all entrances)
-Wearing a mask or other facial covering
-Observing 2m physical distancing from anyone not in your household

Communal spaces and shared equipment are cleaned on a regular basis.

Cockpit has conducted a risk assessment considering all the activities that are taking place in the buildings. A copy can be provided on request.