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Co-creations handcrafted by the participants of the first edition of the Homo Faber Fellowship will be exhibited at London Craft Week this May.  The Homo Faber Fellowship programme is supported by Jaeger-LeCoultre.

The tenth anniversary edition of London Craft Week will take place from 13 to 19 May 2024 at various locations across London, UK. The diverse programme offers exhibitions, installations, talks and workshops, celebrating exceptional craftsmanship, across multiple sectors and disciplines, from around the world. The main sponsors of the event are the German manufacturer of luxury goods, Montblanc and the Milanese fine leather house, Serapian.

Homo Faber exhibition at London Craft Week

The Michelangelo Foundation is an international non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Its aim is to celebrate and preserve master craftsmanship around the world and strengthen its connection to design. The Foundation is also the organiser of Homo Faber event, the first major cultural exhibition dedicated to European craftsmanship.  

Together with brands the Foundation’s goal is to secure the transmission of crafts and artisan skills to younger generations. Last year Jaeger-LeCoultre released a long-term partnership with the Michelangelo Foundation, as a result of a shared vision for the future of craftsmanship. 

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Masterclass, engraving

This exhibition at the London Craft Week (at Cromwell Place) celebrates the creative results from craft talents collaborating with master artisans across Europe during the first edition of Homo Faber Fellowship, a life-changing programme which facilitates the transmission of knowledge and skills from one generation to the next. For the first edition this life-changing opportunity will benefit 20 master artisan and fellow duos based in Europe, with the ambition of reaching other corners of the world in the future. Visitors will discover a diverse range of crafts and techniques , including ceramics, textiles, wood marquetry, stone sculpture, silversmithing, feather working and basket weaving.

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José Luis Sanchez Exposito & Gonzalo Garcia Cuevas, fellow, Manuel Marín©

Inspired by an Art Deco theme chosen by supporting partner of the programme Jaeger-LeCoultre, 20 co-creations tell the stories of each duo’s creative journey and showcase the possibilities which arise when a young vision meets with the experience of a master. 

Echoing this celebration of craftsmanship, Jaeger-LeCoultre will showcase its watchmaking expertise in its boutique at 13 Old Bond Street, London. On May 15 and 16 2024, visitors can discover the enamelling technique used on the case of the Reverso watch

Homo Faber Fellowship 2024

The 20 duos of master artisans and fellows participating in the inaugural Homo Faber Fellowship who will exhibit their co-creations at London Craft Week are:

IRELAND

Ceramics: Mike Byrne & Noel Donnellan (Van der Kelen Logelain, BE)

Silversmithing: Seamus Gill & Claire Mooney (Ulster University, IRL)

Cabinetmaking: Stephen O’Brian & Richard Butler (Atlantic Technical University, IRL)

Furniture making: Sasha Sykes & Jackson Byrne (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, IRL)

FRANCE

Bicycle building: Sébastien Klein & Tom Even (Ecole Boulle, FR)

Metalworking and engraving: Cédric Lamballais & Léandre Le Bail, (Ecole Estienne, FR)

Feather working: Julien Vermeulen & Matéo Laurent (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, FR)

GREECE

Jewellery making: Akis Goumas & Karolos Vlachiotis (Art Jewellery School, GR)

Ceramics: Giannis Zois & Shokhrukh Rakhimov (Kamoliddin Behzod Institute, Uzbekistan)

Stone sculpture: Tom von Kaenel & Clara Coujaty (Ecole Boulle, FR)

PORTUGAL

Stone sculpting: Alzira Antunes & Corentin Fossemo (L’Association Ouvrière des Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, FR)

Textile design: Vanessa Barragão & Yaroslava Shkurat (Ecole Duperré, FR)

Basket weaving: Isabel Martins, & Alba Fernandez Castro (Escola Massana, ESP)

Cabinet making: Tomás Viana & Soraia Santa (Ricardo Espírito Santo e Silva Foundation, PT)

Wood sculpting: Andreia Algudes & Manuel Pinto (Ricardo Espírito Santo e Silva Foundation, PT)

SPAIN

Engraving: Dan Benveniste & Guillermo Garcia (Artediez, ESP)

Gold thread embroidery: José Luis Sanchez Exposito & Gonzalo Garcia Cuevas (Centro de Formación Profesional Dolores Sopeña, ESP)

Textile design: Camila Puya de Arcos & Sofia Lausero (Escola Massana, ESP)

Metal working: Ramón Recuero Ibáñez & David González Parrilla (Escuela de Herreros Ramón Recuero, ESP)

UK

Textile design: Nicola Cliffe & Emily Criddle (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Source: press release. Photo credits: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Homo Faber
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