Thursday, 13 June 2013

weekend fun ... at cockpit arts

Somehow I managed to escape the hubbub of home last weekend - me and my partner in crime had another crafty mummy-daughter day out. I'm so happy that one of my kiddos is into the same sort of things as me, we have such a lovely time together, but I have also discovered it to be a great way to convince my husband that I absolutely must go out for the day ... it's for our daughter's benefit!

This time we went into London to visit one of my favourite places, Cockpit Arts. Hidden in the middle of London, the buildings are a hive of extraordinarily talented designer-makers, and twice a year they open their doors to the public for an open studios weekend. It's a must-see for any craft lover. Think of it as a high end craft fair, with the added bonus of being able to snoop around the designers' studio spaces (great if you're intrinsically nosey like me).

There is so much to see, from textiles and furniture to jewellery and glassware, you can easily while away the whole day. The designers are friendly and enthusiastic to tell you about their work, there are workshops (Nellie had a go at modelling a person with porcelain clay), and you can even grab yourself a bargain with some designers selling off seconds, or offering special open studio prices.

Would you like to have a look at some of the gorgeous things that caught my eye? Rather stupidly, I completely forgot to take my camera with me, so I present to you a bit of iPhoneography today instead of my normal photos ...
I always come away feeling super inspired, my head buzzing with ideas, keen to try out new crafts ... and just maybe a little something might have accidentally found its way into my bag ... ok, so I treated myself to some sweet little vases from Shan Annabelle Valla, my girls got a beautiful print each from the fabulous Abigail Brown, and Nellie begged me for a notebook from Camilla Meijer, to which I could hardly say no, as her work is stunning (she was also delightful and gave Nellie a printed bag to take her goodies home in).

Anyway, it's not too late to see these wonderful artisans at work ... if you can make some space in your diary, the Deptford studios are open this weekend. Even if you can't make it, all is not lost, the Cockpit doors open again in November, perfect timing to pick up some unique gifts for Christmas ...

Have you been to any inspiring arty crafty places recently?

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  1. That sounds so cool. And what a great way for you and your daughter to spend the day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    1. It's such a great place - I would loooove to have a studio there, the only problem is I like trying out too many different things so never specialise in anything!

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  2. Hi Emma
    That is so cool to do that! My son(12) and I love to go antique hunting together! And my daughter (9) and I love to scrap book together! It is fun when you can do things together with your kids that you both enjoy. Your iphone takes pretty good pictures by the way!
    Bonnie

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    1. Thanks Bonnie, I was pretty pleased with how the iphone pics turned out, I'm always snapping away with my phone but never do anything with the images, maybe I will start now!
      I loooove antique hunting, have yet to convince any of my kids that its fun though!
      xxx

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  3. Womderful. I must visit when they're open again in November.

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    1. The November open studios are a great time to go, it's the perfect place to find unusual Xmas gifts - maybe I'll see you there?!?
      xx

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  4. Looks like a really inspirational place. My weekend involves a trip to Oxford; I love the buildings there and always come away feeling inspired.

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    1. Oxford is such a beautiful city - have a lovely time and hope it's gorgeous and sunny for you :)
      Em xx

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  5. Even your i-phone photos are amazing!!! ...and sounds like you had a great time with your girl :-)

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    1. Oh what a lovely thing to say - thank you Ana sweetie :)
      xx

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  6. This place looks amazing! I love wandering around creative spaces and feeling so inspired. Also, so fun that your daughter takes after you! You two must have so much fun getting creative and crafty together.

    P.S. No rush on the mandala, but I'm so excited to see it when you can squeeze in the time to get to it. Have a lovely weekend! :)

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    1. It's the best! She wants me to teach her to crochet now - yay!
      Em x
      P.s. Mandala is finished - hurrah! Will post pics soon ...

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  7. I've heard of Cockpit Arts but didn't know they had open days, I'll definitely be visiting in November, it looks fab!
    Sophie x

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    1. It's fab - you must go - I've been going for about 15 years and there is always something new and exciting to see, and anyway, its a lovely day out!
      x

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  8. What a wonderful place. I'd heard of them too, but they're a very long way from North Wales. In consequence I'm green with envy!

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    1. Oh no! Sorry! I bet there are some fab artist open days somewhere more local to you though ...
      Em x

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  9. love those little plant pots #5! have fun this weekend :)

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    1. I treated myself to some of them!
      Em x

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  10. What a neat craft market! The potted plants and gold polka dot bowls are my favorite. How fun to have a special day with your daughter! Checked out the Abigail Brown website... those bird models are beautiful. Have a wonderful day! :)

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  11. Abigail is fantastic (I would say that though - she's my step sister!)
    Em x

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