This year our Christmas Open Studios were part of Small Business Saturday and thousands of visitors came along to buy original Christmas gifts and support independent craft businesses. Paul Smith selected gift ideas for our ‘Christmas Picks’ and the Cockpit Christmas Tree (filled with bespoke decorations) was the talk of the town. The halls were filled with live harp music and gypsy jazz as well as the aroma of mulled wine and freshly baked goodies by Hand Made Food. Kids even designed Christmas jumpers for Baartholoew the Sheep in Mary Kilvert’s charming workshop. View the photos on Flickr >
Our (mostly!) sunny Summer Open Studios were a smash hit! Visitors came in their droves to discover Design Originals, Crafted for Life by Cockpit Arts’ designer-makers. For 2013 we particularly highlighted sustainable craft with special showcases and our free workshop by ceramicist Katharine Morling was a huge hit with visitors. See the stunning photos of the Holborn & Deptford events on Flickr and view our films on You Tube.
Our Christmas Open Studios was full of festive glamour and gorgeous gifts. visitors enjoyed our Hand Made Food café, live music, Winter Petals workshop by Clara Breen and one lucky winner won a stunning collection of bespoke decorations. Thank you to all of our 6,510 visitors for another record breaking year. Check out the photos of Holborn & Deptford on Flickr and watch our Open Studios Film on You Tube.
At our Summer 2012 Open Studios, in the year of the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee & the Olympics we particularly celebrated that fact that work made in our London studios is becoming increasingly popular overseas. A highlight was a visit from ‘Queen of Shops’ Mary Portas who encouraged visitors to come along and support designer-makers creating world-class work in the UK. She said: “I love Cockpit Arts. More people should rock down there. Stunning talent…”. See the photos of Holborn and Deptford on Flickr.
Support for our Open Studios events grows year on year and Christmas 2011 took us to new heights with 6,451 vistors. We had a showcase selected by Heal’s, ‘paper-cut stories’ workshops for kids and all sorts of fun and games. The striking black & white theme inspired a winning flyer design by Fanny Shorter, fabulous decorations for the tree, installations, displays and pompoms galore. See the photos of Holborn and Deptford on Flickr.
Our celebratory 25th Birthday Open Studios attracted over 5,000 happy visitors all shopping for fabulous work! Fun and games were had by all – with party games, live music, party hat making for kids, Campari cocktails and cake at the new ‘Hand Made Food’ pop up cafés and much more. See the snaps of Holborn & Deptford on Flickr
5,623 shoppers braved the snow to come to our Christmas Open Studios and it was another record breaking year. The support for talented designer-makers was fabulous, with makers reporting an increase in sales – despite gloomy headlines about the high street. See our Flickr albums by Jamie Trounce, which capture the buzz at the Holborn & Deptford events.
Visitors streamed into our Summer Open Studios to meet, mingle and shop. A sanctuary from the World Cup, the event was bursting with new designs and creative activity. We showcased ‘Bloom’ products – inspired by Southbank Centre. Kids had fun helping Re-silicone create a stunning rug from rubber off cuts and adults got creative at Flash Workshops by Katherine Pogson, Judy Bentinck and Teri Howes. See the snaps by photographer Roshan Singh on Flickr.
Shoppers were out in full force supporting talented independent designer-makers at our Christmas Open Studios. A record breaking 5,617 visitors enjoyed discovering exciting new pieces to buy direct from designer-makers. Liberty selected the pick of the Christmas gifts for a special showcase and kids flapped their creative wings making birds with Abigail Brown. See the Holborn and Deptford photos on Flickr.
These special Open Studios saw the launch of our Maker Difference campaign celebrating beautifully made work by UK designer-makers. The event was jam-packed with special attractions including collector’s tours, trails, film screenings and more. Visitors enjoyed shopping, meeting designer-makers and having a go at knitting mice, throwing pots and other activities. See the events Holborn & Deptford photos on Flickr as well as our Maker Difference ‘throw-down’ and pop-up studio.
Our Open Studios in December were a huge hit with Christmas shoppers. Visitors mingled with makers, played our lucky dip and shopped until they dropped. One lucky winner snapped up the Cockpit Christmas Tree decorated with bespoke ornaments by Cockpit makers.
London Design Festival 2008
In 2008 we ran an extra Open Studios as a major highlight of the London Design Festival in September. Guests enjoyed a weekend of creative adventure – with added extras such as showcases, interactive installations and mask making.
Our sunny Summer Open Studios were brimming with the latest in jewellery design, interior products and fashion accessories. Guests were wowed with live demonstrations and special celebrations for Coutts London Jewellery Week.