Craftmakers in Residence


See a showcase of crafts for interiors, brought to life with daily demonstrations in the Design Avenue.

The event features seven British makers from QEST (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust), The charity supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through scholarship and apprenticeship funding, sustaining vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts and supporting Britain’s cultural heritage.

Transforming an idea into reality takes skill, imagination and vision; from revitalising heritage techniques and cutting-edge innovation to seeing the potential of materials and artisan processes. Craftmakers in Residence will be an opportunity to watch the artisans in action and gain a greater understanding of how one-of-a-kind designs are made.

Presenting predominantly new talent, the makers include Estella Castle who practices the endangered crafts of corn dolly making and straw working; Sarah Desmarais who patterns cloth using Japanese katazome dying techniques; fine and decorative artist Phyllis Clair Smith who is skilled in verre églomisé, grisaille and decorative painting; and Bryony Applegate whose ceramic objects blur the boundaries between sculpture and utility. 

This physical event will demonstrate the increasing importance of craft to the interior design industry, as well as a need to connect with creativity in-person in an increasingly digital world.

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