This weekend the Cockpit Arts; home to 165 designer makers will open its doors for the Christmas Open Studio. For over 25 years Cockpit Arts have been supporting designer-makers by providing studio space and business support.
The Open Studio weekends are a chance to have a rummage around the studios, where the artists create fashion accessories, jewellery, homeware and so much more. If you want to find something unique, handmade and direct from the maker you can't get much better than here.
I went along last year and here are some of my picks.
Shan Valla creates beautiful ceramic and handblown glass pieces. Her little finches will be back again along with her new mini vases
Jen Rowland's hand printed range feature her own illustrations based on botanical and vintage material.
Like many of the designers; Thornback & Peel can create bespoke work for companies and individuals along with their standard range. Open Studios are a great way to discuss your ideas direct with the designers, especially if it's not something you've done before.
The Society Of Revisionist Typographers or for short SORT aim to preserve and revive the traditional forms of print-based graphic design. Their amazing printing presses sit in the studio along with their draws of printing blocks.
Textile designer Tamsyn Gambell made books from vintage scarves which she sold alongside her geometric print work.
Its a good idea to take cash to pay for your pieces but hopefully; like last year, they'll have a handy system that lets you use your card to pay for items from several different artists in one go - unfortunately you can't use this system for the fabulous cakes and the mulled wine!
Although its is very much a working studio, children are more than welcome; workshops will be run by Sian Zeng and Bookery. And aside from that fun I think its great for kids to see how people can work creatively!
The Holborn studios are open from today until 6pm Sunday 27th November Deptford Studios open Friday 2nd December until 6pm Sunday 4th December