This Christmas Alexandra Tosto (top), Elizabeth Smallman (middle) and Victoria von Stein (bottom) display their hand-made pieces as part of the Cabinet of Curiosities at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell is bringing a new twist to the traditional Advent Calendar this Christmas in partnership with its neighbours, Craft Central, as beautiful hand-made products go on display, in a Cabinet of Curiosities, a wooden Advent Calendar in the heart of London’s design quarter.
A new door will be opened every day by a member of the public to reveal one of 24 finely crafted and designed products, from cushions, clocks, ceramics to bespoke limited-edition jewellery – a real festive treat for anyone with a passion for British leading design and looking for Christmas present inspiration for their family and friends.
Curiosities revealed in the Advent Cabinet from 1 to 24 December 2015 will include beautiful fashion pieces, such as an embroidered handbag by Emily Jo Gibbs (Craft Central) and a sterling silver brooch by Chloe Herreo (Goldsmiths’ Centre alumni) – both ideal accessories for any Christmas party. It will also include tiny products of desire worthy of any Christmas stocking, such as a miniature ceramic vase by Yuta Segawa (Craft Central).
Charlotte Dew, Curatorial Associate at the Goldsmiths’ Centre explains: 'Our Cabinet of Curiosities is really special this year. Each item is handmade by one of the UK’s most talented designer makers at Craft Central and resident craftspeople at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. From 26th to 28th November 2015, you will also have the chance to meet the makers featured at Made in Clerkenwell and treat yourself or a loved one to a timeless piece of craftsmanship.”
Louisa Pacifico, Chief Executive, Craft Central, said: "We are thrilled to be involved with this year’s Cabinet of Curiosities. It's a great opportunity for our Goldsmiths' Made In Clerkenwell exhibitors to have their work showcased in an exciting seasonal way. With the added interest of the Cabinet of Curiosities in the run up to Christmas, it will be a really great way to help us celebrate not only Christmas but also artisan craft gifts"
Each week in December a prize draw will give winners the chance to be the next person to open a door of the Cabinet of Curiosities and enjoy a coffee and festive cake for two in the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s café, Bench. To enter email firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us @GsmithsCentre with #xmascabinet or send a message to the Goldsmiths’ Centre via the Facebook page to be in with a chance to open one of the doors.
To view the Cabinet of Curiosities visit the Goldsmiths’ Centre at 42 Britton St, London EC1M 5AD from 26 November 2015 to 5 January 2016 from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. For more information visit goldsmiths-centre.org or join the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s blog, facebook or twitter sites to follow the countdown of days to Christmas.
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