Thursday, 4 March 2010


Origin - The London Craft Fair is on the move after 4 years in the courtyard of Somerset House.

This year Origin will move to Old Spitalfields Market in the East End, in an area where many creative industries, workshops artists are situated. The fair will coincide with the London Design Festival and Tent London the show for designs for production will be held across the road in the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Origin will be organised over one week only by Tent London 23rd-29th September 2010.

Whether this is a canny move by the Crafts Council to align the crafts with 'design' (which is perceived as more 'sexy') and to introduce individual craft makers to industry, encouraging collaborations and commissions or a risky move moving the show from a rich west-end retail venue to a trendy but still poor area of London remains to be seen, but it sounds interesting. The subcontracting of the event to a successful event organiser (tent London, 100% Design etc) seems to me to be a good move and I expect they can achieve enough savings to now be able to survive without grant aid.

Further information available here

No comments: