Visitors could find plenty of inspirational crafting ideas and get creative in hands-on mini workshops and demonstrations hosted by our bespoke makers. Plus there was the opportunity to pick up craft techniques, expert advice and inspiration in interactive sessions, from traditional blacksmithing to Indian block printing and embroidery. There was something for everyone to enjoy and take home!
Take a look below for more information on the mini workshops and demonstrations that took place at the Festival.
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At the Festival in 2021, Kingdom Forge brought the amazing world of forging to the East Gardens of Hampton Court Palace. During the demonstrations at their fully functioning blacksmiths workshops, visitors were not only able to discover the various traditional forging processes, but also get hands-on and forge their own keyring which you can take home to wow friends and family.
Visit www.kingdomforge.co.uk for more info.
The Royal School of Needlework (RSN), based at Hampton Court Palace, demonstrated a variety of hand embroidery techniques including Surface Embellishment, Canvaswork and Metal Thread Work, as well as exhibiting students’ work. Alongside this, the RSN Shop also sold exclusive kits, books and gifts.
In addition to their demonstrations, the RSN hosted a daily workshop ‘Hearts & Flowers: An introduction to Surface Stitched Embroidery’, and Chief Executive, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, spoke about some of the Royal School of Needlework’s prestigious Royal commissions over the last 150 years during her free, daily talk, ‘Four Weddings, Four Coronations & Two Funerals: The Royal School of Needlework’s Royal Commissions’.
BlockCraft is the art of Block Printing presented by The Arty Crafty Place, the Oxfordshire based company who have the largest collection of printing blocks in the world. They design printing blocks that are hand carved by the artisans in rural India and their mission is to keep this ancient craft alive. They have created a way that this wonderful art form can be used by anyone on their kitchen table. Block printing can be used to print fabric and paper and The Arty Crafty Place were demonstrating throughout the event and also hosted workshops where you could have a go at printing a tote bag a tea towel or a set of notecards.
Find out more by visiting their website at www.theartycraftyplace.co.uk
Based locally in Surrey, Artcuts are a family-run craft company and designer-makers of sustainable wooden craft shapes. Visitors could buy their best-selling crafts kits, contemporary wooden decorations, plus a curated range of craft accessories at their stand. During the weekend their expert makers hosted workshops where visitors could learn to stamp and decorate a summer bunting or create a bespoke bookmark to take home! Designed for all ages and levels of makers, visitors learnt the best techniques on how to work with Artcuts’ beautiful Birch wood.
In celebration of fine craftsmanship and traditional Japanese artistry, Lexus has created the world's first tattooed car, which visitors were able to admire at the Festival this year. Visitors could also be inspired by leading tattoo artist, Claudia De Sabe as she shows off her talents and tattoos a car right in front of your eyes.
Find out more and visit the Lexus at the Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival page.
Welcome to Lottie and Albert! Visitors could find modern, colourful craft kits and yarn tutorials as well as learn how to make fun rainbow charms, macrame feather wallhangings, and macrame hoops in one of their mini workshops running over the weekend.
You can find out more at https://lottieandalbert.com/collections/artisan-fair-workshops-hampton-court-palace-18-20th-june
Visitors could learn the art of Japanese flower arrangement with Irene Moore, a teacher in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Born in Singapore and having moved around with her family, it was in Oman where Irene was introduced to Ikebana by the wife of the Japanese ambassador in the Sultanate of Oman and then later went on to becoming a master in this art, retired board member of the London Sogetsu branch and Ikebana International Chapter.
Contrary to the idea of floral arrangement, Ikebana often emphasises other areas of the plant such as its stems, branches and leaves and is considered an art form like painting, design and sculpture. Irene was demonstrating daily and ran ‘An introduction to Sogetsu Ikebana’ workshops.
This Summer, Surrey-based Willow & Finn brought their Candle Bar experience to Hampton Court Artisan Festival. Visitors were able to learn the craft of soy candle making – wicking their chosen vessel, choosing a fragrance, and waiting for the right temperature before finally pouring.
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