Artisan trail

The Design Centre’s showrooms hold a wealth of stories about craftsmanship. Visit them to discover live demonstrations, talks and a behind-the-scenes look at how objects are made, all curated especially for Artefact.

AT A GLANCE

Inspiration and specialist expertise can be explored in-person thanks to physical events. Capacity may be limited for safety reasons.

TUESDAY 22 JUNE

10am – 11am

Frato

Second Floor, South Dome

Craftalks with Frato

Frato is inviting industry professionals to take part of a “craftalks” session. During each hour-long event, Frato will delve into its exclusive world, providing concise information on products and materials, customisation services and core values. Designed to be relaxed and informal, discussion and questions will be very much encouraged.

10am

Turnstyle Designs

First Floor, Design Centre East

Made to Last a Lifetime

Turnstyle Designs was the first hardware brand to introduce leather to a full collection and the company is proud to continue the tradition of supplying only the best quality leathers and pioneering designs. Join Oscar Roberts to find out more about how the leather is sustainably sourced from Italy and hand-stitched by a highly skilled team in north Devon. 

1pm

Alexander Lamont + Miles

Second Floor, South Dome

Soie de Lune – Heritage Silk Jacquard Hand-weaving

Daniel Marcus, the owner of Laos-based textile company Soie de Lune discusses the importance of artisan work in contemporary Lao society. Through the company’s work to maintain the traditions of silk weaving in Laos, he discovered a deep-rooted spiritual meaning to the cloth and became aware that this is the only artistic patrimony of the country.

10am – 4pm

sanderson

first floor, south dome

Decorative Painting with Rachel Spelling

With support of a QEST Sanderson Design Co. Scholarship, Rachel Spelling is studying 18th century chinoiserie painting techniques with historic decorative painter, Alasdair Peebles. Visit the Sanderson showroom and see Rachel working on an original chinoiserie design.

4pm – 5pm

Frato

Second Floor, South Dome

Craftalks with Frato

Frato is inviting industry professionals to take part of a “craftalks” session. During each hour-long event, Frato will delve into its exclusive world, providing concise information on products and materials, customisation services and core values. Designed to be relaxed and informal, discussion and questions will be very much encouraged.

WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE

10am ­– 6pm

Lincrusta

First Floor, Design Centre East

Lincrusta, 144 Years and Counting

“Mr Lincrusta”, Andy Sarson, will be demonstrating his painting techniques and talking about the history and craftsmanship that make Lincrusta the ultimate artisan material.

11.30am

David Seyfried Ltd

First Floor, Centre Dome

Skills and the Art of Kumiko – Japanese Wooden Panels

Join Kuniko Thompson, creative director of Biden Designs, to discover the art of Japanese woodwork, Kumiko. Highly skilled craftsmen design and build batons in more than 200 beautiful patters, starting with basic triangles, all done without nails.

12pm

Watts of Westminster

Third Floor, Centre Dome

Nomadic Murals

Join Fiona Flint, Creative Director of Watts1874 to discuss the joy of working with the oldest textile art, the tapestry. Traditionally woven by hand, these huge “textile pictures”, created to tell a story, are now skilfully adapted and made into fabric and paper murals. 

12.30pm

Tufenkian Artisan Carpets

Third Floor, Centre Dome

The Art of Creating Custom Carpets

Join Michael Messaritakis for an interactive event that will demystify the process of creating a custom rug. Explore the vast array of colours, materials and other specifications you can select to create a truly custom design.

2pm

Phillip Jeffries

Second Floor, North Dome

Summer 2021 – PJ Artisans

Join Marcello Fernandes, showroom manager at Phillip Jeffries, for an exclusive, in-depth presentation of summer 2021’s PJ Artisans collection. Delve into the art of handcrafted and go behind the scenes of how beautiful, handmade wallcoverings are made with centuries-old artisan skills. RSVP to [email protected]

11am – 4pm

Vaughan

Ground Floor, Design Centre East

Moroccan Decorative Painting with Natasha Mann

QEST Radcliffe Trust Scholar Natasha Mann will paint an original geometric design on a Vaughan lampshade using handmade paints of egg tempera and natural pigments. Natasha specialises in Moroccan decorative painting and creates bespoke artworks and pieces for interiors. The completed lampshade will then be sold for charity.

10am – 4pm

Sanderson

first floor, south dome

Decorative Painting with Rachel Spelling

With support of a QEST Sanderson Design Co. Scholarship, Rachel Spelling is studying 18th century chinoiserie painting techniques with historic decorative painter, Alasdair Peebles. Visit the Sanderson showroom and see Rachel working on an original chinoiserie design.

THURSDAY 24 JUNE

10am – 6pm

Lincrusta

First Floor, Design Centre East

Lincrusta, 144 Years and Counting

“Mr Lincrusta”, Andy Sarson, will be demonstrating his painting techniques and talking about the history and craftsmanship that make Lincrusta the ultimate artisan material.

10am – 11am

Frato

Second Floor, South Dome

Craftalks with Frato

Frato is inviting industry professionals to take part of a “craftalks” session. During each hour-long event, Frato will delve into its exclusive world, providing concise information on products and materials, customisation services and core values. Designed to be relaxed and informal, discussion and questions will be very much encouraged.

11am – 4pm

dedar

ground floor, design centre east 

Textile Weaving with Laura Adburgham

QEST D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust Scholar Laura Adburgham, will demonstrate shaft weaving on a table loom. Inspired by intricate structures and irregular details found within the natural world, Laura designs and creates fabrics for fashion and interior design using natural yarns like linen, wool and silk.

4pm – 5pm

Frato

Second Floor, South Dome

Craftalks with Frato

Frato is inviting industry professionals to take part of a “craftalks” session. During each hour-long event, Frato will delve into its exclusive world, providing concise information on products and materials, customisation services and core values. Designed to be relaxed and informal, discussion and questions will be very much encouraged.

FRIDAY 25 JUNE

9.30am – 5.30pm

Davidson

First floor, centre dome

Gilding Restoration and Contemporary Gilding with Ann-Sofie Widegren and Maria Hagglund

QEST RWHA Scholars, Ann-Sofie Widegren and Maria Hagglund, will demonstrate their gilding skills. In 2000, the pair established London-based company A&M Restoration & Conservation and their work can be found in many private homes as well as the Royal collection. 

10am – 11am

Schumacher

Ground Floor, South Dome

Block Printing with Molly Mahon

Enjoy a creative hour in Schumacher’s showroom where textile designer Molly Mahon will delight in sharing her love of block printing, discuss the inspirations behind her fabric collections and offer you the chance to give this ancient craft a go.

1pm – 4pm

Kingcome Sofas

First floor, South Dome

Embroidery with Kate Pankhurst

Kate Pankhurst is studying hand embroidery on the prestigious Future Tutors course at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, supported by a QEST D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust Scholarship. She will demonstrate stitching Coronation goldwork in a hoop and seat frame using specialist gold materials, waxed threads and needles.

 

MONDAY 28 JUNE

10am – 4PM

sANDERSON

FIRST FLOOR, SOUTH DOME

Decorative Painting with Rachel Spelling and Alasdair Peebles

With support of a QEST Sanderson Design Co. Scholarship, Rachel Spelling is studying 18th century chinoiserie painting techniques with historic decorative painter, Alasdair Peebles. Visit the Sanderson showroom and see Rachel and Alasdair working on an original chinoiserie design.

TUESDAY 29 JUNE

10am – 11am

Frato

Second Floor, South Dome

Craftalks with Frato

Frato is inviting industry professionals to take part of a “craftalks” session. During each hour-long event, Frato will delve into its exclusive world, providing concise information on products and materials, customisation services and core values. Designed to be relaxed and informal, discussion and questions will be very much encouraged.

 

10am – 2.30pm

Arte

Second Floor, Design Centre East

Surface Pattern Design with Bethan Wyn Williams

QEST Finnis Scott Foundation Scholar Bethan Wyn Williams will demonstrate her design process with pencil and gouache paint. Bethan is a designer and textile printmaker from North Wales, who specialises in intricate and grand repeating designs which celebrate the natural world. 

 

4pm – 5pm

Frato

Second Floor, South Dome

Craftalks with Frato

Frato is inviting industry professionals to take part of a “craftalks” session. During each hour-long event, Frato will delve into its exclusive world, providing concise information on products and materials, customisation services and core values. Designed to be relaxed and informal, discussion and questions will be very much encouraged.