Above: Intoart Textiles, Philomena Powell
Peckham Craft Weekend is a celebration of contemporary craft. Founded by two Peckham makers it aims to take textiles and craft out of the trade fair and market stall setting to give beautiful works the space and attention they deserve. All works are displayed in thoughtful still lives, mixing medias and giving visitors the chance to imagine how objects would work in their own homes.
Above: Supper Cloth 3, photo by Gabriela Gesheva
As a part of London Craft Week this year’s Peckham Craft Weekend is hosting a contemporary craft showcase along with a series of workshops that run from 10th -13th of May in Copeland Gallery, Peckham. The show celebrates some of the most exciting names in craft today. Textile artists such as Vicky Cowin, Christabel Balfour, Sofia Salazar and the brilliant Stitch School are all taking part in the exhibition, along with a collection of work by Intoart artists and makers.
Above: Stitch-School Embroidery Workshop, photo by Yeshen Venema
Intoart is an art and design studio who have recently relocated to Peckham, South London. They work inclusively with people with learning disabilities, challenging the under-representation of people with learning disabilities practicing as artists and designers. Peckham Craft Weekend is excited to be showing a selection of their printed linen hangings that were created as a collaboration with the V&A's fashion and textiles archive and textile designer Laura Slater.
Above: Intoart Textiles, Mawuena Kattah
Over the entire weekend the brilliant Stitch School will be hosting The Peckham Supper Cloth; an opportunity for visitors to contribute to a huge communal cloth by sitting down and adding their own stitches, either with help from Stitch School founders, Aimee Betts and Melanie Bowles or more self-led. The Supper Cloth aims to bring people together through stitching and slow conversation around the large needlework table stretched with linen.
Above: Supper Cloth, photo by Gabriela Gesheva
Peckham Craft Weekend has a really fun and engaging workshop program all taking place with the backdrop of the exhibition. Mila Harris-Mussi, textile artist will be will explore the process of dying with the plant dye indigo and will introduce you to the traditional Japanese techniques of shibori. Many examples of the natural dye process will be dotted around the exhibition in a series of quilts and patchworks by makers Abigail Whitfield and Stemwell Workshop.
Above: Intoart Textiles, Andre Williams
Stitch School will also be hosting a a beautifully designed embroidery kit workshop, where you will learn the A-Z of stitches through hand-embroidery exploring every letter of the alphabet. Tickets for this workshop and many others are online at www.peckhamcraftweekend.co.uk/programme.
Peckham Craft Weekend, 10 - 13 May 2018