Events & Workshops
Each season we bring together like-minded, creative individuals through a series of events, talks and workshops online. We hope you can take part.
We host live shows each week, bringing our community together through a series of styling conversations, talks with our makers and guided tutorials led by the TOAST team. Join our upcoming events or watch our past shows.
Prices for individual events vary. You will also have the opportunity to donate* to the Crafts Council UK. All you need to take part is a webcam and microphone - we suggest using a laptop or desktop computer, but you can also use your tablet or mobile phone. We recommend using a WiFi connection to avoid data charges. Virtual workshops will be available to watch on demand for up to 14 days following the live event.
Please register using the links below to confirm your place.
Block Printing with Louisa Loakes in partnership with Charleston
Image by Ellie Smith Photography
Join south London-based textile artist Louisa Loakes for a block printing virtual workshop. She will demonstrate how to create carved lino blocks which can be used to make patterns on fabrics. This workshop is suitable for beginners.
Open to the public, Charleston was the modernist home of painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, whose creativity in dress and interiors inspired our Autumn Winter collection.
Tickets cost £15. All ticket sales will be donated to The Charleston Trust.
Wed 24 August, 6pm BST (7pm CEST / 1pm EDT / 3am AEST Thu 25 August), 2 hours 30 mins.
Past Events | Watch Again
Kingsley Walters | Time to Make
Above Holborn Viaduct in central London is an old office building, now an open-plan studio space for creatives including Kingsley Walters, a leather worker and canvas bag maker.
For this Time to Make, Kingsley creates one of the Medicine Pouch Bags. It’s crafted from leather which is vegetable-tanned in Northamptonshire to a simple pouch shape with a drawstring top, then suspended from an adjustable cross-body strap.
Read more about Kingsley's process on the TOAST Magazine.
Dreaming of Dinner with Ali Slagle | Time to Make
New York-based recipe developer Ali Slagle’s philosophy involves creating dishes from readily available ingredients. This is the root of her first book I Dream of Dinner (so You Don't Have To), which features hundreds of “low-effort, high-reward” recipes.
For this Time to Make, Ali shares a summer recipe for turmeric shrimp with citrus and avocado, which features on the cover of the book.
Read the full tumeric shrimp recipe and more about her process on the TOAST Magazine.
Rural Kind | Time to Make
Rural Kind founder Mike Watt creates waxed canvas bags out of an old schoolhouse he is renovating in Carmarthenshire, Wales. His pieces respond to the natural landscape surrounding the workshop, being hardwearing and robust against the Welsh weather.
For this Time to Make, Mike creates one of the waxed canvas belt pouches. It has a press-stud leather loop at the drawstring top, allowing you to attach it to a belt, making it useful for long walks or cycles.
Read more about Mike's process on the TOAST Magazine.
Seaweed Foraging and Pressing with Molesworth & Bird | Time to Make
Melanie Molesworth and Julia Bird co-founded their seaweed design company, Molesworth & Bird, in 2018. The pair met over 30 years ago and began foraging and pressing seaweed after they both moved away from London – Julia to Cornwall and Melanie to Dorset.
For this Time to Make, Melanie and Julia go seaweed foraging on the Lyme Regis coastline and create pressings in their studio. They only gather seaweed that has washed up naturally on the coastline, or is floating freely in the shallows after a storm, to ensure there is no damage to the ecosystem.
Read more about the pair's seaweed design company on the TOAST Magazine.
TOAST Creative Residency
Our annual TOAST Creative Residency brings together our community of creative individuals. This year, we hosted our first blended Creative Residency at the Crafts Council Gallery in Islington.
Each event was inspired by our seasonal campaign Rewilding, connecting individuals and fostering thought. The three-day programme of talks, workshops and live demonstrations from willow weaving and needle tufting to growing your own microgreens and mindful whittling is now available to access on-demand.
*All donations you make will support:
Crafts Council UK, the national charity for craft. Funds raised will support the work they do to inspire making, empower learning and nurture craft businesses. We jointly believe craft skills and knowledge enrich and uplift us as individuals, and, in doing so, will change our world for the better.
Find more information about how you can support Crafts Council and their important work on their website.