Weekends of 30 November/1 December and 7/8 December 1996
For two weekends in November and December, the studios of over 100 Hackney artists and designer makers will open to the public, allowing visitors a rare glimpse behind the scenes into these artists’ lives and work Perfectly timed for Christmas, the tour will also give people the chance to find unique and hand-crafted presents.
Throughout the two weekends, visitors interested in local history, art and architecture can choose from guided bus and walking tours around studios and places of interest in Hackney.
Many of the artists and designers are well-known names in their field, such as Kate Malone, who makes sculpted pots from the size of an egg cup to half tonne single pieces. Stemmer and Sharp who create contemporary furniture and Rachael Howard who has produced embroidered tie collections for clothes designer Paul Smith.
The artists involved will be exhibiting a wide range of work including ceramic sculptures and glass vessels, hand-crafted jewellery and silverware and a variety of textiles and accessories – from ceramic buttons and screen-printed scarves to intricately-made stained glass windows. With prices ranging from fifteen pounds to several thousand, this is an event that is appropriate for a wide range of people. Visitors to the studios will have the chance to meet many of the designers and makers, see them at work and talk with them about their artistic techniques and their personal motivations.
Many of the artists have interesting stories to tell about their work and their studios. For example Dimitra Grivellis worked in the ex-casualty ward of the Metropolitan Hospital now a business centre, and has recently moved to Broadway Market, a cobbled street flanked by early Victorian cottages and Kate Malone managed the building of her studio which houses one of the largest kilns in London as well as providing space for 12 other artists.