London maker festival champions independent artists saving Britain’s endangered crafts

The first maker festival ever to take place in London will show off Britain’s endangered crafts in a bid to save them later this month.

MAKEMORE was founded by James Cartwright, Daz Guerin and John Wilkie with the aim of portraying much needed light on fading traditional skills at risk of extinction in the digital age.

It will give independent crafts men and women a place to promote their craftmanship in a bid to take back the high street and inspire people to learn a unique skill.

It will feature weaving, paper marbling and furniture making, all of which appear on the Heritage Crafts Association Red List of Endangered Crafts.

Makers including Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations, Barn the Spoon and Turning Earth will also be hosting workshops and there will be bars, street food stalls and a funfair.

James said: “There is a fantastic entrepreneurial movement currently within the maker community.

“The High Street and Etsy have opened a lot of doors for independent makers and given them a platform to sell on, which is amazing to see.

“I hope guests will see how these successful entrepreneurs are making a career from their passion and maybe give it a go themselves.”

The festival will take place in Victoria Park from Thursday August 23 to Monday 27.


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