Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Craft Rules

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Craft Rules

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Byline: Corinne Julius

DECORATIVE and functional items made by independent designermakers often cost less than their mass-produced equivalents. And in the run-up to Christmas you can find them for sale at relatively low prices at seasonal open studios and craft fairs.

London is home to countless craftspeople making everything from homeware to fashion accessories, so here we highlight some of the top crafts venues for gifts and explain what each is best known for.

DAZZLE Olivier Foyer, National Theatre Southbank, SE1. Now until January 6 (dazzle-exhibitions.com).

Contemporary jewellery, metal work and decorative prints. Quirky, almost anthropomorphic, brightly coloured salt and pepper shakers by Rachael Brame and silver and bleached wood mini tools by Sharon Adams.

SELVEDGE FAIR Chelsea Old Town Hall, SW3. November 10, 10am to 4pm. [pounds sterling]5; young children free. Staged by specialist textile magazine Selvedge, with 100-plus exhibitors offering everything from table linen to fashion by way of haberdashery. Decorative pieces by renowned papier mache expert Julie Arkell.

GIFTED Contemporary Applied Art, 2 Percy Street, W1. November 15 to January 12 (020 7436 2344; caa.org.uk).

Celebrating the idea of giving and the talents of makers, find 50 makers and items from [pounds sterling]50. Striking glass by Amanda Simmons; beautiful ceramic beakers and jugs by Derek Wilson; textiles by Katie Mawson.

4011/2 401 Wandsworth Road, SW8. November 17 and 18, noon to 6pm (401studios.org).

Functional, covetable ceramics by Kaori Tatebayashi; colourful, glossy, vases by Chito Kuroda and contemporary silver tableware by Heather O'Connor. And seriously beautiful glass by former RCA graduates Liam Reeves, Sarah Wiberley and Louis Thompson.

CAVALIERO FINN 268 Croxted Road, SE24. November 17 and 18, 10.30am to 6pm (07941 200 300; cavalierofinn.com).

A craft fair in a home-cum-gallery with ceramics, furniture, textile, lighting, painting and sculpture from 20 designer-makers. Witty swimmerdecorated teaware by Alice Mara; chandeliers by Madeleine Boulesteix.

MADE IN CLERKENWELL Craft Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green and 33-35 St John's Square, EC1. November 23, noon to 8pm. November 24 and 25, noon to 5pm. [pounds sterling]3, under-16s free (020 7251 0276; craftcentral.org. …

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