Freelance writer and wanderer always on the lookout for quirky activities that take you off the beaten track.
Published November 22nd 2011
Craft Central is a not-for-profit organisation based in London that is dedicated to inspiring people, allowing creative businesses to flourish and most of all, building a strong future for the fields of craft and design.
Whether you are a designer yourself, or simply someone interested in learning more about screen printing or sourcing some unique hand-crafted jewellery, Craft Central should certainly be your first destination.
Pop Up Shop
If you are the former, why not join the Designers' Network, explore the idea of presenting your work in exhibitions and pop up shops or even advertise your own upcoming exhibition. You can also look into renting studios and spaces or get practical business advice from the In Business section of the website. A designer's membership is £42 for the year, and you can rest assured that the opportunities and support you receive will pay for themselves.
For the latter, those individuals just interested in craft and design can also be involved in many exciting ways. You can take the chance to pop into some of the events listed, with everything from book launches to sample sales and exhibitions to peruse and attend. You are able to find and buy original products or even commission original pieces from scratch. You can also book yourself in to one of the many interesting and diverse craft and design workshops; anything from Letterpress Printing Taster Sessions to Beginners Knitting Classes.
To learn more, visit the website and sign up to the mailing list to receive updates. You may just find yourself a new weekend hobby, or discover ways in which to expand your hobby into something much more.
With Christmas on the way, what better chance to find original handmade Christmas presents, present your Christmas wares to a wider audience or even sign up to a class and learn to make your own! You could also get involved or visit the Craft Central showcase at the Vitra Christmas Market from the 5th December.