Made in Clerkenwell: Open Studios at Craft Central (24-27 May)

Craft Central, a design hub in itself, is not shy of its summer celebrations, either, and on the last day of CDW (24 May), it’s baring all for four days, for its first Made in Clerkenwell open-studios event this year.

Venue: CRAFT CENTRAL HAS TWO GREAT BUILDINGS! Craft Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DX AND 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS

Admission: £2.50 each (under 16’s free) TWO BUILDINGS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

Craft Central opens the doors to its two fascinating Victorian buildings. Made in Clerkenwell is an intriguing ‘behind the scenes’ chance to explore the workshops of our renowned design community – whether you’ve got an hour to pop in or a whole day to mooch, mingle with the makers in the studios where they work their magic. One ticket allows unlimited access over 4 days, including Thursday’s launch event and Friday’s late night shopping.

Avoid the high street and opt for handmade! Prepare to be tempted by fashion, interior products, ceramics, accessories and traditional crafts by 90+ exceptional UK designers. Whether selecting a gift, seeking a bespoke design service or just browsing, this shopping treat is topped off by meeting the maker. Go back to the roots of making and discover the fascinating processes… and do some shopping whilst you’re at it!

Craft Central is excited to be part of the Clerkenwell Design Week Fringe. As well as Made in Clerkenwell, activity will include special exhibitions in Clerkenwell Green and St John’s Square, including a ‘live studio’ window display and making workshops in partnership with Creative Clerkenwell… More details coming soon!

Adorn yourself with fashion and jewellery from Katharine Elizabeth, Outsider, Kate Jones, Sonia Cheadle, Andrew English, Amy Keeper, Dickie Wilkinson and Swithbert & Louis (amongst other big names!). Once you’ve decorated yourself, why not focus on your home with work by Jo Davies, Vic Lee, Helen Beard, Michelle Mason, Ikuko Iwamoto, Lok Ming Fung, Abby Monroe, Design K… and the list goes on! More information about participating designers attached and online

If you’re keen for a shopping fix before then, it’s hosting its annual wedding fair, Craft Central Gets Hitched, on 22 to 25 March. Full of handmade inspiration for your forthcoming nuptials – or just for wedding gifts – it’s the antithesis of all the usual commercialism.