It’s a recurring problem, and one which stunts many young professional craftspeople and artists. In college or university there is an abundance of facilities. There is equipment you don’t even know the name of, let alone how to use (lathe, anyone?). Then there are the technicians, without them how would you ever know which glue will melt your plastic, or which setting to use the first time you touch a band saw?
Well, when we were faced with this problem and found that there were no fully equipped, rentable workshops - complete with friendly and passionate technicians we thought “Why don’t we open some?”, and today, after two years in the making - we did.
We feel very proud and very humbled today, we had a little opening party to invite some of our volunteers who have helped us to make it this far, as well as interested makers and community workers, and the atmosphere in the workshops was one of enthusiasm, eclectic talent and inspiring passion for the creative arts. We met zine makers, youth workers, sustainability officers, woodworkers, blacksmiths, jewelers, illustrators, sculptors… all brought together by the will to improve the arts community in Herefordshire. Special thanks to Ben and Becca (in the photos), our demonstrating Blacksmiths who made us some commemorative forge tools!
Thank you everyone, we can now happily and officially say:
Hereford Make is open for business!
Please get in touch if you would like a tour, to find out more about us, or to rent some workshop time through Facebook or send us a message using the Ask function.