Apr
1
to Mar 4

Launching at London Craft Week: Celebrating 235 Years of John Smedley’s British Craftsmanship

JOHN SMEDLEY x STUDIO CANDICE LAU

Candice also forms part of John Smedley’s collective of British craftsmen in celebration of their 235th anniversary as the oldest manufacturing factory in the world. Together they will be showcasing their collective crafts via retail windows, consumer workshops, special product launches and exhibitions throughout 2019 and 2020.

https://www.londoncraftweek.com/makers_partners_experts/candice-lau#sthash.ChQ6Ee4Y.dpbs

Launching exclusively as part of London Craft Week, the exhibition showcases the history and iconic status of both John Smedley and The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. Under the theme of ‘Britishness’, the exhibition details pivotal historical moments, offering the public a glimpse at rarely-seen-before archive items and introducing John Smedley’s ambassadors: ten scholars from The Queen Elizabeth Trust who have been carefully selected to embody the brand’s values of quality, use of the finest raw materials, and attention to detail, with each scholar being the most passionate of craftspeople. Ranging from luthiers to stonemasons with jewellers, horologists and metalworkers in between, the showcase is diverse yet united in its mutual strive to give British craft a platform.

The exhibition itself is live until March 2020, and revolves across six key themes of Britishness, Design, Quality, Craftsmanship, Colour and Community, with each exhibition changing every eight weeks. John Smedley’s 235 exhibition launch is supported by Remy.


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Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

Victoria and Albert Museum - Leather workshop

We are thrilled to be invited by the Victoria and Albert Museum for another leather workshop. This time, participants will learn to work with bright colours, tooling, weaving and other surface design on leather.

To book your place, visit https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/OJv0OapA/create-a-leather-handbag-july-2019

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May
26
to May 29

Leathercraft Workshop in Marrakech

Get away and get crafty this May long weekend - with a four-day creative retreat in Morocco. As well as making your own bag, and stitching it by hand under the watchful eye of craftswoman Candice Lau, you will have the chance to visit traditional Moroccan tanneries to see where the leather originates, and truly see the story of your product from start to finish. All this at the beautiful Villa Magtafa in Marrakech, traditionally furnished villa with local cuisine cooked by our inhouse chef. 

 

Four day trip at Villa Magtafa in Marrakech, Morocco

Friday 26th May - Monday 29th May 2017

COST: £560 or £480 for a shared bed or room

N.B. Our shared bed will require you to share a double bed. We also have 2 rooms with two and three single beds. Please make your selection below.

 

"I have been working in leathercraft for the past 3 years and have honed my skills travelling across Europe, Africa and Asia. I was invited to visit Morocco with a dear friend a few years back and this was where I came to find my love, as well as Morocco's love for leathercraft. All across the souk and in amongst the narrow alley ways, I saw skilled craftsmen working at their craft. It was as though I have stepped back in time. It was truly an incredible experience for the sense. And that's what I'd like to share with my guests on this short course" - Candice Lau, founder 'Kuku Big Bag'

 

Price includes: 

  • Two days of workshop to make your own leather handbag

  • Pattern construction and learning the art of traditional leatherwork of hand stitching 

  • Your choice of leather

  • Trip to a world reknown Moroccan tannery

  • Stay in the beautiful Villa Magtafa, Marrakech (private room or shared with a friend) - www.villamagtafa.com

  • Bed, breakfast and lunch all included (half board)

  • All meals - locally sourced and cooked by in-house chef from traditionally cooked shared couscous, to tagines and more.

 

Price does not include

  • Flights and travel insurance NOT included. Closest airport is Marrakech

  • Dinner is not included. If you wish to stay in, we can arrange for the inhouse chef to prepare dinner at an extra cost.

  • Taxi to and from airport and town trips are not included,

Food

Guests need to arrive at the Villa Magtafa by midday (latest) on the morning of Friday 26th May, 2017. Candice will be there to welcome you with a welcome lunch of a traditional shared couscous. 

Breakfast is served from 9am which includes coffee, juices, pastries, and the typical Moroccan pancake. Lunch will include fresh local cuisine made by our inhouse chef.

You will be able to travel into the beautiful Medina in Marrakech to have your dinner. Or if you feel that you would like to have dinner in, we can organise for our chef to prepare a traditional meal inhouse.

Please notify us if you have any special dietary requirements. 

Itinerary

Friday 26th May: Arrive at Villa Magtafa by midday. A welcome lunch will be served at 2pm. After lunch, we will head into town for our tannery visit and an exploration of Marrakech famous souk. 

Saturday 27th May: Breakfast is served from 9am. We will have our full day of workshop under the canopy of our outdoor terrace. We will begin with the pattern making of your handbag, along with cutting and preparing the pieces for assembling. The workshop is hosted by Candice at from 10am til 6pm, with a short break for lunch. At the end of the day, guests can enjoy the pool and spa at the villa, or simply relax and enjoy the sun! 

Sunday 28th May: Breakfast is served from 9am. Our half day workshop begins at 10am. Your leather should be cut out and edges burnished, ready for assembling using hand stitching. After the workshop, you will have the afternoon free . Enjoy lunch at the villa, and spend some time in our private pool, and spa, or take a trip into town for more Marrakech delights.

Monday 29th May: The morning is your chance to relax, enjoy the local area, have a final swim in the pool, or an relax morning in the spa. Check out from the villa is at 2pm.

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May
1
to May 5

SEOUL INTERNATIONAL HANDMADE FAIR 2017

We are so thrilled to be invited to participate in the Seoul International Handmade Fair 2017 organised by Living and Arts Creative Center (LACC). We will be heading over to South Korea for this amazing event which will be opened to public from 1st May till 5th May 2017. If you are there, please come and visit us at Art Hall, DDP, Seoul. 

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Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Leathercraft Workshop @ Corner Kitchen in Forest Hill

TICKET: £55 INCLUDES WORKSHOP, PIZZA & GLASS OF WINE

WEDNESDAY 19TH MARCH @ 6.30PM UNTIL 9.30PM

WE ARE TEAMING UP WITH CORNER KITCHEN TO BRING YOU A CRAFTY EVENING. NOT ONLY WILL YOU GET TO MAKE YOUR OWN BESPOKE PURSE, YOU WILL GET A PIZZA OF YOUR CHOICE & ENJOY A GLASS OF WINE!

TAILOR YOUR PURSE TO YOUR HEART'S DESIRE... 

  • CHOOSE YOUR COLOUR LEATHER & THREAD
  • LEARN THE TECHNIQUE OF SADDLE STITCHING, USING 2 NEEDLES
  • HAMMER HOLES USING A PRICKLING IRON IN PREPARATION FOR STITCHING
  • BURNISH THE EDGES OF YOUR CARDHOLDER
  • FINALLY PERSONALISE YOUR CARDHOLDER YOUR WITH YOUR INITIALS

SPACES ARE LIMITED SO BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW.

EMAIL: TEAM@CORNERKITCHEN.LONDON

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Kuku Big Bag @ OnBrand16, Amsterdam
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Kuku Big Bag @ OnBrand16, Amsterdam

Join us in Amsterdam this October 13th as we launch 'Studio Candice Lau' in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Find out more about her workshop, a design workshop specialising in all things leather, see her latest collaborations in branded products and bespoke commissions. Find out more on: https://www.onbrand.me/16/

Join us in Amsterdam this October 13th as we launch 'Studio Candice Lau' in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Find out more about her workshop, a design workshop specialising in all things leather, see her latest collaborations in branded products and bespoke commissions. Find out more on: https://www.onbrand.me/16/

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