Clapham isn't really a part of London we associate with the craft community. But artist Claire Heafford and best friends photographer Louise Hall aim to change that with the launch of their creative community venue The Papered Parlour.
Converted from a bland office building, the interior intentionally feels like someones living room as Claire and Louise wanted to create a friendly inclusive space, a million miles away from some of the more intimidating arts venues around London.
Locals are encouraged to pop in to browse books, listen to old records or drink tea. There is also space for theatre groups to put on evening events and classes for adults and children in screen printing, drawing, book making, quilting and felt and jewellery design.
The venue aims to promote collaboration and skill swapping and includes studio spaces available to ten artists each from a different discipline.
There will be a ongoing varied programme of courses, one-off workshops, exhibtions and events, such as a 50's inspired dance and a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
The current exhibition titled 'What goes around…', brings together three of London’s most exciting young designers, textile practitioner Katherine May and printed textile designers Clara Vuletich and Polly Burton. Their work features contemporary quilted upholstery, hand printed wallpaper and mid century furniture updated using upcycled fabrics contemporary colours.
What with the opening of Jamie Olivers Recipease and now The Papered Parlour, we may have to venture south of the river more often!
The Papered Parlour,
7 Prescott Place,
020 7627 8703