Five makers to visit at Cockpit Arts Open Studios

Join award-winning social enterprise Cockpit Arts next week at their Christmas Open Studios. This is a perfect opportunity to buy direct from independent makers – from craftspeople and artist-makers as well as a selected group of Cockpit Arts’ alumni.  Ceramics, homewares, jewellery, shoes, glass… and a host of other crafts.

We’re looking forward to visiting to catch up with a number of designjunction2017 exhibitors who will be opening their studios for the event. Read on to find out what you’ll discover.

Another Studio create original products for the desk, home and workplace, inspired by origami and the urban landscape. At the heart of their studio is the notion that a creative idea combined with playful material exploration will result in brilliant designs. Using these concepts they produce a diverse range of products, ranging from page markers to pendant lights. New for 2017 is the London Riverside Panoramic Print, illustrating the diverse architecture situated on the north and south sides of the River Thames.
Another Studio are exhibiting at both weekends, in Holborn and Deptford.

Like Another Studio, Rentaro Nishismura’s work also draws on the principles of origami as well as repeat modular forms, self-assembly and flat-pack designs. Using 3D printers and laser-cutting, Rentaro’s work bridges the gap between craft and technology. The aesthetic of Rentaro jewellery design is minimal, architectural and engineered. As well as selling to shops globally, his jewellery can be found on sale at The Saatchi Gallery shop.
Rentaro Nishimura will also be exhibiting at both weekends, in Holborn and Deptford.

The new collection by Studio Candice Lau is inspired by her recent journey to Asia. The collection is a celebration of a new and emerging creative identity being forged in cities like Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The collection displays a seemingly obedient exterior with strong block colours and angles.  This is juxtaposed with a contrasting rebellious individuality, represented by Candice’s own hand drawn motifs on the product’s interior. The bags are individually handcrafted in Candice’s Cockpit Arts Holborn studio using Italian cow hide and British Millerain canvas.
Find Studio Candice Lau at Holborn Open Studios.

Karen Henriksen established her millinery label in 2003 and has been at Cockpit Arts’ Holborn incubator since 2005. Karen’s hats are instantly recognisable, striking a carefully considered balance between innovation and accessibility. With a background in model millinery, Karen brings a milliner’s aesthetic to everyday headwear, alongside a singular approach to pattern-cutting and a passion for beautiful and practical fabrics. The results challenge our ideas of classic hat styles, yet remain reassuringly familiar.
Karen Henriksen can be found at Holborn Open Studios.

Cockpit Arts Alumni Beatrice Larkin returns to the studios this winter to showcase her design led textiles. Working from her London base, she uses highly skilled mills and finishers in the UK to weave fabrics made from the softest merino and lambswool. Passionate about honest craftsmanship, her collections are woven in small runs with a focus on quality, texture and the individual characteristics of each piece of cloth.
Beatrice will be exhibiting at Holborn Open Studios.

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios 2017
Holborn | 23 – 26 November
Deptford | 1 – 3 December

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