First Endangered & Uncommon Crafts Weekend

The artwork of craft has all the time been one thing that conjures up me. I marvel at handifolk doing intelligent issues with all method of supplies. And though crafting has had considerably of a resurgence over the previous few years, I can’t assist however really feel that there are some older, conventional and extra uncommon crafts which are in peril of being misplaced eternally.

Seems I wasn’t the one one pondering this – The Goodlife Centre has introduced the primary ever Endangered & Uncommon Crafts weekend in central London on the twenty fifth – twenty sixth April 2020. Hurrah!

There will probably be eight heritage workshops celebrating crafts which are both endangered or taught by tutors with rare-to-find abilities… and you’ll take part at their studios in Bankside close to Tate Fashionable

Rush Basket Making

The ‘Endangered Crafts’ listing that was first revealed by The Heritage Crafts Affiliation in 2017. The report identifies a heritage craft as “a follow which employs guide dexterity and ability and an understanding of conventional supplies, design and methods, and which has been practised for 2 or extra successive generations”. It additionally summarises a few of the causes for the decline of heritage crafts within the UK together with the difficulties recruiting apprentices, the elevated age of the artisan workforce, excessive costs for articles made by hand and an total decline in demand….

They go on to say, “We want to see the federal government recognise the significance of conventional craft abilities as a part of our cultural heritage, and take motion to make sure they’re handed onto the following technology.”


This sentiment is wholeheartedly supported at The Goodlife Centre, the place in addition to educating DIY abilities, woodwork and fabric, in addition they focus ardour and sources on supporting endangered and uncommon handcrafts so as to curiosity new generations in discovering and studying about these great, diversified and wealthy heritage of abilities. It’s NOT the place Felicity Kendall and Richard Briers hang around laughing over pots of tea and chatting to goats.

Founding father of The Goodlife Centre, Alison Winfield-Chislet explains,

“We hunt down these lesser identified crafts women and men who nonetheless follow and encourage them to return alongside to The Goodlife Centre to share their lifetimes of data with keen learners. Lots of our tutors are the final in a line of crafters who’ve learnt from their ancestors.

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She continues;

“While you possibly can’t hope to turn into an knowledgeable in a day, you’ll have an opportunity to share their ardour and be taught from their expertise as a way to take dwelling a capability to follow at dwelling – and to advertise these helpful methods of previous earlier than they’re misplaced for good.”

Who’s in?

All workshops may be booked by way of the web site right here.  


Paper Marbling – Sat twenty fifth April

Paper marbling is listed as one of many endangered crafts by Heritage Craft Affiliation since 2017. Born out of necessity, the applying was considered one of practicality – it was used as guide covers and endpapers to guard books and disguise injury from transport and dealing with. The craft started within the far East earlier than reaching Europe within the seventeenth Century.Conventional marbled paper is made by floating paints on a measurement manufactured from carrageenan (a moss powder) after which manipulating them right into a sample with combs or a stylus. This sample is then picked up on a sheet of paper pre-treated with a mordant, (Alum) leaving a vibrant and distinctive design as soon as the paper has been dried and pressed. Tutor Louise Brockman is a uncommon mixture of craftsperson and expert tutor. Louise works for James and Stuart Brockman Ltd – a household bookbinding enterprise. A certified Science instructor, she has been marbling since 2001 and initially learnt to marble with Victoria Corridor and in a while with Ann Muir.

Rush Plait Matting- Sat twenty fifth April

Rush matting was sadly added to the endangered crafts listing in 2019. The craft was traditionally primarily based across the areas of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire as rush might be harvested alongside the River Ouse, the place it grew abundantly. Rush matting has been used because the flooring of alternative by grand homes and nice cathedrals prior to now. Now it’s practised by few and produced by even fewer. Tutor John Web page started his basketmaking profession with a Metropolis & Guilds course in inventive basketry, having been vastly impressed by the Crafts Council’s Up to date Worldwide Basketry exhibition. He’s a yeoman member of the Basketmakers Livery Firm and repairs harps. John additionally teaches how one can make Rush and Willow baskets at The Goodlife Centre.

Linen Tassel Making – Solar twenty sixth April

Passementerie is the artwork of constructing stunning adornments – tassels, braids and fringes that enriches traditional inside decor and furnishings. It has been on the endangered crafts listing since 2017. The Guild of Passementiers in France dates from the sixteenth century. There are accounts of Scottish manufacturing within the sixteenth century, because the elite adorned their garments with elaborate ‘Galloons’ and ‘Pompons’. By the 18th century, using tassels and braids was principally restricted to furnishings. Inside designers nonetheless costume traditional rooms with curtain tie backs. Linen tassels may be made to completely match any decor. The commerce for handmade passementerie all the time had London as its base, and was located in areas close to to the high-end furnishings and textiles trades with whom they labored intently. The expansion of business manufacturing and the center lessons within the nineteenth century noticed new textile-making centres develop within the midlands and north, e.g. Nottingham and Derby, the place there may be nonetheless some at the moment. The manufacturing that had remained in London up till the tip of the twentieth century has dispersed, to so far as India and China. Tutor Anna Crutchley is knowledgeable knowledgeable within the Artwork of Passementerie. Anna educated in woven textiles and now makes trimmings to fee for vintage sellers, furnishings restorers, inside decorators and heritage organisations. She is the writer of ‘The Tassels Ebook’ and ‘Ornamental Tassels.’

Hand Stitched & Pleated Lampshades – Sat twenty fifth April

Conventional lampshade making will not be strictly talking on the endangered crafts listing, however tutor Ian McQueen is considered one of a uncommon breed of lampshade makers. Ian is a Metropolis and Guilds educated craftsman who makes elegant historically constructed high-quality lampshades for inside designers and excessive finish outlets. He has been awarded the Metropolis & Guilds Medal of Excellence in addition to The Guild of Grasp Upholders Award. Learners have come to the Goodlife Centre from North Carolina and Zambia to be taught abilities from him to take dwelling. His lampshades are refined – lined with silk so mild glows by means of, some are dramatic and easy in Ikat or Linen. The craft of conventional lampshade making is linked to millinery and glove making. Every handcrafted steel body is wound with a skinny ‘India’ tape earlier than the material is hand stitched – not glued – to the body in order that it retains their form and construction to present years of enjoyment. The sew is named ‘Streetly’ sew and was used to permit handcrafted gloves to be versatile and robust.

Fore Edge Portray – Solar twenty sixth April

Fore edge portray has sadly been on the critically endangered crafts listing since 2017. Fore edge portray is the craft of making use of a picture to the pages of a guide, which magically disappear and reappear because the pages are relaxed or refanned, like a secret magical masterpiece. Earliest examples of fore edge portray are credited to the Royal binders Lewis Brothers in 1660, with a renaissance within the second half of the eighteenth century, circa 1760-1800 with the Edwards Bindery in Halifax and London. A latest revival noticed extra work within the late 1900s Uncommon tutor, Martin Frost Martin comes from an inventive household; his father was a portrait painter and his mom managed an artwork retailer. He educated in Theatre Design, engaged on large-scale backdrops and costumes, then to graphics within the newspaper commerce, however ultimately discovered his area of interest when his good friend Don Noble confirmed him how one can create magical vanishing fore edge work. For his 48 years growing and selling the scarce artwork of fore edge portray Martin Frost was awarded an MBE in 2019. He was additionally named as 2017 Maker of the 12 months by the Heritage Crafts Affiliation.

Gilding on Glass – Verre Eglomise – Sat twenty fifth April

Conventional Verre Eglomise, from the French time period that means ‘glass gilded’, is a course of the place the reverse facet of a bit of glass is gilded with gold or silver leaf utilizing a gelatin adhesive. The result’s a mirror-like, softly reflective floor that when mixed with reverse portray methods creates wealthy, shimmering and superbly reflective items of art work. As knowledgeable craftsman working as a carver, steel employee and gilder, uncommon tutor, Jon Corridor has expertise with many inventive methods. Most of them are extraordinarily complicated and time consuming, however as all the time there are methods of simplifying the method and Jon possesses a uncommon expertise to assist learners decide up new abilities rapidly by means of mild steering.

Upholstery Hand Caning – Solar twenty sixth April

Chair seat weaving, and particularly chair caning was practiced in South East Asia, Portugal, France, and England within the mid-1600s, changing into very fashionable and extensively used by means of the 1700-1800s and on into the early 1900s. It has been on the endangered crafts listing since 2017. After the Fireplace of London in 1660, demand for alternative furnishings meant caning took off within the UK – initially undertaken by basket makers. Thereafter it was established as its personal craft and was primarily based across the metropolis of London, particularly St. Pauls and Business Street. Within the twentieth Century the bottom moved to Excessive Wycombe to benefit from transport hyperlinks and demand from the commercial North. The methods and supplies haven’t modified a lot in all of the years and just a few frequent instruments are essential to restore chair seats, making chair caning a craft that almost anybody can grasp with just a bit persistence and tenacity. Our tutor, skilled upholsterer, Rachael South discovered her craft from one other skilled caner; her grandfather, who had a road licence to cane chairs in London.

Material Flower Making – Solar twenty sixth April

We’re so usually uncovered to poor high quality mass produced artificial and plastic synthetic flowers, it’s a stunning distinction to behold the work of knowledgeable hand crafter of high-quality silk botanical beauties.

Uncommon tutor, Anne Tomlin is a milliner and 3D botanical artist impressed by the Sussex countryside round the place she lives. She studied textiles at Farnham, graduating with a first-class diploma in 1983, adopted by millinery at The London Faculty of Trend. She was one half of the famend hat label Bailey Tomlin with a global popularity, promoting to many prime shops together with Liberty, Harrods and Saks fifth Ave.

She now makes bespoke hats and headpieces, and miniature wild meadows that mirror her lifelong love of the pure world. Utilizing high-quality silks, wire, paper clay and millinery supplies to create one 3D botanicals which are made with consideration to element and sometimes with a way of playfulness. She additionally makes research of nature and wildflowers exhibiting her issues for our lack of wild meadows. 


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