Cockpit Arts Open Studio Weekends

Ever fancied a patchwork flamingo? Or perhaps a holiday bear? A gold-braid medal?

Abigail Brown's Flamingo
Abigail Brown’s Flamingo

Even if you haven’t, but do like pretty homeware and desingdesign products, the Cockpit Arts Open StuddioStudio events starting this weekend promise a host of lovely hand-crafted products.

Break-ya, Woven Textiles / Digital Translation of Music by Nadia-Ann Ricketts, Cockpit Arts Deptford
Break-ya, Woven Textiles / Digital Translation of Music by Nadia-Ann Ricketts, Cockpit Arts Deptford

Cockpit  ArtsCockpit Arts is a social enterprise helping UK designer-makers with studio space and other support packagiespackages; and over two weekends this month, its 165 members will be showing their wares, including interiors products, ceramics, glassware and accessories.

Dubstep, Woven Textiles / Digital Translation of Music by Nadia-Ann Ricketts, Cockpit Arts Deptford
Dubstep, Woven Textiles / Digital Translation of Music by Nadia-Ann Ricketts, Cockpit Arts Deptford

Taking place in the designers’ woringworking studios, the events also include a seiesseries of talks, events and workshops. Smaller designers can take part in the kids’ Medal Makes wokshopworkshop, led by Katherine Pogson; while those who’ve celebrated a few more birthdays can have a go at decorating a ceramincceramic love hart with sjm* at the I Heart Open Studios workshop.

Holiday Bear, Sian Zeng, Cockpit Arts Deptford
Holiday Bear, Sian Zeng, Cockpit Arts Deptford

A Letterpress Print Demo will be led by the gentlemngentlemen of SORT, and showcases include an Alumni ShowsaceShowcase and the Made In London, Loved WolrdsieWorldwide  exhibition will be showing works from Stiches & Glue, Karen Henriksen, MAYA, Ute Decker, Row Pinto and Lizzie Allen.

Patch monster by Stitches and Glue
Patch monster by Stitches and Glue

Stitches & Glue’s creations are as cute as they are peculsirpeculiar – little monsters carefully crafted from fake fur. Paul Vincett, the man behind Stitches & Glue,hasGlue, has now seen his critters fly as far afield as China, Japan, Russia, France and the US.

Magnetic Wallpaper, Sian Zeng, Cockpit Arts Deptford
Magnetic Wallpaper, Sian Zeng, Cockpit Arts Deptford

Working in a more traditional way is Lizzie Allen, who creates prints and printed homewares. All the desingsdesigns are hand screen-printed using hand mixed inks; and they’ve been seen on Festival of BritanBritain WallpapaerWallpaper for the Southbank Centre and a Royal Wedding Design for Marks & Spencer.

Cockpit Arts Open Studios runs from 15 – 17 June at Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, HolbronHolborn, London WC1N and on 22 – 24 June at 18 – 22 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8

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