Cockpit Arts: Festival of Making

Cockpit Arts will be hosting their annual Festival of Making event from Friday June 19thJune 21st 2020. Running over three days, this free virtual celebration will feature 65 events run by over 80 of London’s leading makers. The festival is taking place across Zoom, Instagram and Facebook.

Featuring a range of workshops, panel discussions, live demos and studio tours, all led by some of London’s most exciting makers. Three woven textile artist and designers will be delivering the following exciting events across the weekend:

Friday June 21st  at 7pm Nadia-Anne Ricketts, an award winning woven textile designer, invites you to ‘Tune In’ to a live virtual immersive, meditation sound bath experience, where you’ll be taken on an inward exploratory journey to the field of infinite creative possibilities, by playing the sound vibrations of the gong woven into the frequencies of crystal bowls

Saturday, 20th June at 12pm. Vicky Cowin invites you to virtually visit her Deptford studio. You will see  Vicky’s loom and hear about her experience as one of several Cockpit makers supported by a Clothworkers’ Company Award.

Sunday, 21st June at 12pm. Weaver Kendall Clarke, working from home in a temporary studio, will show you how you can discover local colour from your doorstep in this introduction to natural dyes from summer plants, weeds and leaves.From London to the world, featuring 65 events with over 80 makers, Cockpit’s Festival takes place online, on Instagram, Facebook and Zoom, over the midsummer weekend of Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June. The packed programme features workshops, panel talks, live demonstrations and studio tours all led by some of London’s leading makers and designers – ceramicists, leatherworkers, weavers, printmakers, jewellers, glass engravers and more.

Many of the events have a midsummer flavour with makers reflecting on new work, made under lockdown, inspired by the natural world. There’ll be intimate conversations as well as essential discussions on such topics as inclusion in contemporary craft, unconventional career journeys, mental health and wellbeing, and juggling family responsibilities whilst growing a creative business.

Nine makers take on The Big Make challenge to create a complete object from start to finish over the course of the Festival weekend. Kicking off on Friday morning, we’ll be checking in on their progress throughout the Festival with a finale on Sunday afternoon.

There is also Cockpit on  demand where you can watch films, many been made during lockdown at your leisure.

For further information and to book your free place, please visit Cockpit Arts

Text: Cockpit Arts and Libby Ashdown. Image: Beatwoven

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