Making Space is a community-based craft organisation that creates opportunities for people to discover and develop design and making skills, increasing personal wellbeing through involvement in high-quality craft. We promote excellence in contemporary craft, design and visual arts.
WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE DO
As the lead craft organisation in Hampshire and the only visual arts organisation funded by Hampshire County Council, Making Space initiates opportunities for new networks and partnership working to raise the profile of craft. This includes working with local arts organisations and contributing to regional and national developments around craft and community engagement.
MAKING SPACE IS A REGISTERED CHARITY AND LIMITED COMPANY. THERE ARE NO SHAREHOLDERS AND NON-PROFIT; ALL MONEY MADE GOES BACK INTO THE BUSINESS.
HOW WE DO IT
From its purpose-built studios in Leigh Park, Making Space organises courses, masterclasses and projects through which children, young people and adults can learn from skilled and experienced makers.
The building belongs to and is maintained by Hampshire County Council and Making Space has a contract to use it for purposes of craft, visual arts, community workshops and teaching.
It houses seven individual studio spaces that are leased to professional makers producing high quality work, as well as two fully equipped workshops that are available for hire, either as creative spaces or for business meetings.
WE'VE WORKED WITH
WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY
Through our outreach projects, we work with partners including schools, children’s centres, family learning environments and retirement homes.
Our specially tailored projects are organised to inspire, challenge, skill-up, engage and build new audiences for the sector. We offer both first-time experiences of craft and work with those who want to take their skills to the next level. We enable people to develop new ways of thinking about craft and experience first-hand the important presence of craft in everyday life.
HEAR WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT US
“We had a fantastic team outing to Making Space where we all made Keum-Bo necklaces. The workshop spaces and teaching were exceptional and we all loved our finished necklaces. I would recommend Making Space to any business for a great team building experience.”
Jane Glue, Marketing Executive, Wiley and Sons
“The teacher was fantastic, she had a very warm and relaxed approach. It was also lovely having some time to be creative in a friendly environment and getting some time off from being a mum!”
Participant of Adult Class
“Out of all the venues that employ me as a freelancer, Making Space have always been the most professional, supporting and welcoming. I enjoy every experience I get the opportunity to teach there and their resources, space and team all add to the quality and uniqueness of the venue.”
Making Space Tutor
“I have taken my children to a lot of workshops – this was by far the best. The teacher, the venue and the other staff were all FANTASTIC – we could have stayed for at least a week.”
Parent of child participant
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Making Space is at the centre of three circles of activity: community engagement, skills development and maker development. These activities support each other. Through our community engagement programme, anyone can develop their skills. Individuals may use those skills for their own interest and enjoyment, they may share them with others (their children, for example), or they may be able to use them as stepping stones towards further study, training or employment.
The professionals who rent studios at Making Space develop their skills by sharing knowledge and ideas with other makers on site and with the Making Space network; through the opportunities presented by Making Space for making and selling work to commission, and for teaching/leading workshops.
We are an outward-looking organisation and believe in the importance of sharing (be it resources, information or ideas), collaborating (with organisations, groups and individuals) and influencing (attitudes to, practice in and policy about craft).
What do we mean by craft?
We like the definition used by the National Society for Education in Art and Design:
Craft can be defined as intelligent making. It is technically, materially and culturally informed. Craft is the designing and making of individual artefacts or objects, encouraging the development of intellectual, creative and practical skills, visual sensitivity and a working knowledge of tools, materials and systems.
For Making Space, craft is part of everyday life.
HISTORY OF MAKING SPACE
Making Space is run, day-to-day, by a dedicated and creative team of staff:
A Board of Trustees governs Making Space, helping to support the team with their knowledge and experience.
Mary is a fine art printmaker whose work covers most areas of printmaking from relief to etching. Her current practice focusses on expression and energy and includes hybrid prints and lithography.
I believe that serendipity can reward the artist if one can accept the necessary yet unnerving lack of control. This notion underpins my philosophy of making and is reflected in practically all my art these days.
I have been working in glass for about ten years – initially traditional stained and leaded glass, but rapidly extending into a wide range of techniques, including fusing, slumping, kiln casting, sandblasting and printing on glass.
With an interest in exploring materiality and craft processes Stella manipulates line into complex abstract structures and intriguing geometric forms using three dimensional construction techniques derived from basketry.
Nora Fok is an artist maker of jewellery specializing in nylon monofilament. Her work has sculptural qualities as well as being suitable jewellery pieces for the female body. She uses traditional hand craft techniques of knitting, knotting, weaving and looping to construct her pieces.
Kate Bishop (Kroma)
Kate Bishop is the founder and director of creative brand Kroma which represents Kate’s identity as a freelance designer. The brand focuses on surface design and products for the home and office as well as women’s fashion.
My work is a response to what interests and engages me in the world. It’s an exploration into colour, pattern and texture, using shapes and vibrant colours to create playful surfaces and structures.
Eileen White is a craft based visual artist, living and working in Winchester, Hampshire. Her practice is rooted in textiles and printmaking in the broadest sense with an interdisciplinary approach to her work.
Ami Lowman (Mia Mai)
Mia Mai is a creative company based in Southsea, launched in 2007 by Ami Lowman. Specialising in beautiful and inspired illustrations, fashion & lingerie garments & unique jewellery. Inspiration comes from days gone by, traditional tattoos, pin up culture, vintage undergarments & forgotten trinkets.
My art is something more than exact depiction of the reality. It is my personal expression of thoughts and feelings, resulting from a perception of surrounding world, ruled and filtered by unknown processes from the subconscious parts of my mind. Following my instincts and intuition, I experiment with different techniques and media in order to be able to free myself from academic boundaries and distinguish my individual language.
Sharon’s work uses varied techniques from forging and woven wire to Keum bo with a lot of emphasis on surface texture and patterns. Sharon is a member of the Association of contemporary Jewellery and exhibits with them as part of their Wessex group.