Following the success of the Make! season of contemporary craft over the spring, the Barbican Shop has announced a further programme of Make! workshops to take place during the summer. Allowing visitors to learn new skills and explore traditional crafts with a contemporary twist, the workshops will showcase some of the UK’s leading makers who are celebrating modern crafts and helping to redefine its meaning today.
Highlights of the upcoming summer workshops include ring carving with The Workbench, bookbinding with London Centre For Book Arts, concrete jewellery making with Rhiannon Palmer, casting with Phil Cuttance, bundle dyeing with Botanical Inks, weaving with Christabel Balfour, lino printing with Jamie Temple, and paper art with Hannah Miles.
Launched in spring 2018, the original Make! season in the Barbican Shop was a hit with audiences, with a range of workshops, installations, and talks that highlighted the growing popularity of the maker movement. The season also continued the work of the Barbican Shop in supporting independent crafts talent, offering makers a platform to reveal the inspirations and techniques behind their work. Jo Davis, Head of Retail at the Barbican, says, “Make! has been a fantastic opportunity for the Barbican Shop to showcase unique and hand crafted products, bringing to life the methods and processes behind them. Through Make! we’ve been able to reveal how things are actually made whilst also giving the audience a chance to take part and make something for themselves. We’ve had such a positive response to the season, from ring carving and casting to bookbinding and weaving there really was something to interest everyone, and we look forward to offering further chances for our customers to engage with makers and learn about a new craft during our Make! summer workshops”.
The Barbican is a leading international arts and learning centre, and the workshops will take place in the recently expanded Barbican Shop. Designed by RIBA Stirling Prize-winning practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the shop is spread over two floors, providing room for events and programing that sees the shop become an extension of the Barbican’s foyer spaces and a destination in its own right.
Programme information: The full programme for the Make! summer workshops is as follows, with tickets available via www.barbican.org.uk/workshops from May for Barbican Members and from June for the general public (details on becoming a Barbican Member can be found at www.barbican.org.uk/join-support/membership).
Ring Carving workshops with The Workbench
Sat 7th July, 10.30am–12.30pm and 2–4pm
Sun 8th July, 10.30am–12.30pm
Participants can learn to carve their own silver ring from jeweller’s wax, which will then be cast into solid silver by The Workbench following the workshop, professionally polished, and delivered back to them. The Workbench is an east London collective established in 2014 that run original, fun and creative jewellery craft nights.
Bookbinding workshops with London Centre For Book Arts
Sat 14th July, 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm
Sun 15th July, 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm
Two workshop classes on the art of bookbinding with experts from the London Centre for Book Arts, one looking at stab binding and one looking at concertina binding. Participants will learn the basics of bookbinding and how it can be done simply at home. London Centre for Book Arts is an artist-run, open-access studio providing workshop programmes for the community and access to resources for artists and designers.
Concrete Jewellery workshops with Rhiannon Palmer
Sat 21st July, 10.30am–1pm and 3-5.30pm
Sun 22nd July, 10.30am–1pm and 2-4.30pm
Rhiannon Palmer is a London-based jewellery designer who has chosen to use concrete as a creative medium. In a series of workshops on creating unique, hand-cast concrete jewellery, Rhiannon will demonstrate how tactile and beautiful the material can be. Participants will create their own moulds, learn the tricks to mixing, dyeing, pouring and de-casting, and take home with them their finished jewellery together with an after-care kit.
Casting workshops with Phil Cuttance
Sat 4th August, 10.30am–12.30pm and 2-4pm
Sun 5th August, 10.30am–12.30pm and 2-4pm
Sat 18th August, 10.30am–12.30pm and 2-4pm
Sun 19th August, 10.30am–12.30pm and 2-4pm
Participants will learn how to cast a bud vase from Jesmonite Stone with designer/maker Phil Cuttance. They will choose from six different vase shapes, assemble their mould, and then mix and cast their own vase in a unique colour scheme with marbled effects.
Bundle Dyeing using fresh flowers with Botanical Inks
Saturday 11th August, 10am–12pm and 1–3pm
Botanical Inks is a Bristol-based natural dye studio that tours the UK providing workshops on bundle dyeing – an innovative eco-design process that uses plants and flowers, transferring their natural dyes and healing herbal qualities onto cloth. Participants will learn how to create a range of patterns using plant vinegars, the symbolism behind plant-inspired designs, how to responsibly forage for dyes in the local landscape, and will take home with them a beautiful natural dye printed silk cloth.
Weaving workshops with Christabel Balfour
Saturday 1st September, 10.30am–2.30pm
Sunday 2nd September, 10.30am–2.30pm
Saturday 8th September, 10.30am–2.30pm
Sunday 9th September, 10.30am–2.30pm
This four-hour class with south London based tapestry weaver Christabel Balfour will cover the basics of hand-weaving before building up to more advanced techniques to make a wall-hanging that can be taken home. Participants will learn how to set up and wrap their looms, create a fringe for their wall-hanging and start weaving, before moving on to building shapes, blending colours and creating texture with soumak and rya knotting.
Lino Printing workshops with Jamie Temple
Saturday 15th September, 10.30am–2.30pm (Single colour & Multi Plate Linocut)
Sunday 16th September, 10.30am–2.30pm (Three Colour Reduction Linocut)
Jamie Temple is an artist and printmaker living and working between London and Glasgow, drawing inspiration from a lifelong fascination with the built and natural environments we inhabit. In these workshops he will demonstrate the art of lino printing – a fun and accessible way of making prints that also provides a great introduction to relief printing for aspiring makers of all levels. Starting with a single block of lino, participants will make a one colour lino print, taking time to try out different cutting tools and methods of printing before introducing a second layer of colour to their lino prints from a separate block.
Paper Art with Hannah Miles
Saturday 29th September, 10am–12pm, 1–3pm, 3.30–5.30pm
Hannah Miles is a Midlands-based paper illustrator who works by hand to create layered works and 3D paper crafted scenes, and will be demonstrating the basic skills of paper cutting to create handmade cards and decorations. Unique to her series of workshops at the Barbican will be a focus on illustrations inspired by the iconic architecture of the centre and the tropical plants of the Barbican Conservatory.
For more information and bookings, visit: www.barbican.org.uk