Cap­i­tal crafts­man­ship

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SMYTHSON marks its 130th an­niver­sary next month with a cel­e­bra­tion of crafts­man­ship dur­ing Lon­don Craft Week (May 4–7). ‘Crafted for Life’, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Queen El­iz­a­beth Schol­ar­ship Trust (QEST), which helps crafts­peo­ple ful­fil their po­ten­tial by pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial and prac­ti­cal help as well as ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, will trans­form the New Bond Street store into a work­shop.

Ar­ti­sans from both Smythson and QEST will demon­strate the tra­di­tional skills used to cre­ate leather goods, sta­tionery, books and diaries, show­cas­ing time-hon­oured leather­work, bind­ing, cal­lig­ra­phy and hand-en­grav­ing skills. Never-be­fore-seen her­itage pieces from Smythson’s 130-year-old ar­chive, as well as new in­no­va­tive prod­ucts, will also be on dis­play.

Other QEST schol­ars, in­clud­ing ar­mour­ers, wood­carvers, sil­ver­smiths, ce­ram­i­cists and tex­tile de­sign­ers, will also dis­play their skills at Hol­land & Hol­land, Bru­ton Street, W1, and the Heal’s store on Tot­ten­ham Court Road, W1, and, at 7pm–9pm on Thurs­day, May 5, there will be a de­bate on the chal­lenges fac­ing craft to­day at Con­tem­po­rary Ap­plied Arts on South­wark Street, SE1.

Smythson is cel­e­brat­ing 130 years by part­ner­ing with the Queen El­iz­a­beth Schol­ar­ship Trust

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