London Craft Week May 2023

Since 2016, the Art School has participated in London Craft Week, an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme around the city.

For the 2022 edition of London Craft Week, the Art School hosted two days’ of activities exploring the properties, uses and conservation of paper.


Throughout the two-day event, our Tutors, students and Fellows ran paper-related demonstrations and showcased a series of specialist paper conservation and fine art techniques, taught on our renowned degree courses.

Demonstration programme

Globe conservation techniques by Jonathan Wright (Graduate Diploma Arts: Conservation of Books & Paper)

Illuminations and gilding on paper by Sarah Davis (Drawing & Woodcarving Tutor and Woodcarving & Gilding alumna) –

Faux wood and stone finishes on paper and origami techniques by Yuki Aruga (2021/22 Painter Stainers’ Decorative Surfaces Fellow and MA Fine Art alumna)

The versatility of handmade paper in 2D and 3D forms by Angela A’Court (MA Art & Material Histories Student)

Bookbinding techniques by First Year BA (Hons) Conservation: Books & Paper Students


Visitors had the opportunity to learn the traditional process of ‘blind printing’ with printmaker and artist, Kristina Chan, who hosted a series of one-hour, hands-on workshops for adults (18+). Blind printing is the historic Intaglio printing process without the ink, so visitors left the workshop with beautiful debossed artwork but no inky fingers!


Our wood and stone carving studios were open throughout the two days, and visitors cast their vote in our ever-popular carving competition with our student carvers, which had the theme of Fables in the style of Grinling Gibbons in honour of the master carver’s Tercentenary.

As well as watching the historic craft skills of wood and stone carving in action, visitors could have a go at stone carving too.


Visitors were invited to join a free Talk and Tasting with Fabal Lager in our Courtyard and refreshments were available in our café throughout the event.

Thank you to our sponsors:

The Masons’ Company Craft Fund, Dick Onians, Fabal Lager, the Carpenters’ Company and Pierre Heritage GB.

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Further details of our Material Matters research programme are available here.



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