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Craft Central Summer Market

Craft Central will be holding its second designer/maker market in its new London home, The Forge, from the 30th of June to the 1st of July. This market brings together more than 40 talented craftspeople to sell handmade products ranging from home accessories, fashion and jewellery to ceramics, stationery, prints and more.

Craft Central – a charity that has supported craftsmanship and craftspeople in the UK for 40 years - moved to The Forge in the Isle of Dogs, East London in September 2017. The Grade II listed ironworks has been imaginatively converted to provide creative studios, workshops, offices, shared workspaces and the Exhibition Hall. By moving to the Isle of Dogs, Craft Central is bringing design and making back to an area of traditional industry. The Summer Market is part of Craft Central’s ongoing programme of public events at The Forge, which include exhibitions, musical events and workshops, positioning the building as a destination in its own right and bringing new commercial life into the area.

The Summer Market provides an opportunity for visitors to meet and shop directly from designer/makers, explore Craft Central’s imaginatively converted 19th century Victorian forge building, take part in one of the craft workshops and enjoy a drink in the pop-up café. Workshops on offer include object & jewellery casting with jesmonite, macramé plant hangers and jewellery making. There will also be live demonstrations of wax carving for jewellery and SAORI, the Japanese art of mindful weaving, taking place in the main exhibition hall. The Summer Market will also feature work by makers selected from Craft Central’s network of 700 designer/makers, including Sally McGill’s bold abstract patterned ceramics, Frank Horn’s handcrafted leather accessories made in London using vegetable-tanned leather, and Amanda Li Hope’s jewellery with its minimal, sleek geometric aesthetic. Products on sale will range in price from £2.50 to £500.

The market takes place on Saturday, 30th of June from 11am-6pm and Sunday, 1st of July, from 11am-5pm. Entry is FREE with no advance booking required. 

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