London Craft Week 2019 - Wednesday 8th May to Sunday 12th May
During London Craft Week we will screen two films that follow the journeys of the extraordinary makers, Castro Smith and Esna Su, as they explore their heritage, craft and inspirations.
A globally recognised artist and engraver, Castro Smith created a hand engraved vessel that explores the creative journey of an object. The commissioned piece celebrates the exchange of ideas across disciplines – including engraving and hammer raising, as well as embracing unique skills, materials and traditions from different cultures. The piece represents the commitment to craft involved in making Ketel One Vodka and the family's continuing dedication to sourcing the best ingredients and suppliers who share their passion.
Jewellery artist Esna Su made a sculptural piece using traditional Turkish techniques learnt from her mother and grandmother. For her, she recognizes that everything starts with wheat, which also represents human’s life, fertility and bread – essential parts of life. Su’s sculpture symbolizes the family’s long history and dedication to their craft, as well as to one another, with 11 stems of wheat made in copper thread, using a Turkish crochet method translated as ‘tighten needles’ – chosen to symbolise the 11 generations of the Nolet family, exchanging knowledge and passing down of skills. In addition, 327 porcelain wheat grains made by women from the ‘Sarabande family’ were part of the installation, symbolizing the years passed since the family distillery started, in Schiedam.