Q&A: The Create Place

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Jill Robertson and I am the workshop co-ordinator at The Create Place, a brand new social enterprise in East London. The Create Place hosts arts and craft workshops to generate profits to fund free workshops for the local community. I manage all aspects of the project and have done so since its opening in November 2010. My day-to-day includes managing our online presence, giving the project a voice through our blog and social media accounts including twitter and facebook.

What is The Create Place?

The Create Place has so much potential, initially set up solely as an educational space we have expanded the concept to include pop-up shops, knitting and crochet groups and machine hire. With so many amazing artists already involved in the project we have formed a collective, so that everyone selling their work in the pop-up shop has a role to play in its future.

We operate a non-profit workshop space which hosts craft workshops whilst running pop-up shops to showcase our work. Our manifesto is to forge and inspire new artistic communities, both locally and nationally. Any profits generated from our project fund arts activities to involve and enrich the local community, while the space itself provides a platform for new designers to sell their work. By taking minimal commission and allowing collective members to run the shop, each designer has a key role to play in shaping the project.

Who is involved?

Sweet Thursdays

True indulgence is the only way to describe Sweet Thursdays’ handmade cupcakes. These little bites of heaven aim to show that Vegan cakes can be just as tasty, if not tastier than non-vegan cakes. With a wide range of flavours and toppings Sweet Thursday can make bespoke designs to order or to take away for those who cannot wait. Sweet Thursdays’ also run Cupcake Decorating classes, Hen Parties and themed workshops sharing all her secrets, because they are  kind like that.

Marie Pedersen

With a BA in Product Design from Central Saint Martins,  Marie Pedersen’s work  combines her design background with a passion for crochet and knitting. From crochet hearts to hand embroidered initial pendants Marie still draws on her Danish heritage for inspiration despite having lived in Berlin, Luxembourg and London for the past 20 years.

Lu Burnell

Lu Burnell has been working as a branding and packaging designer for 8 years and currently works as an innovation creative. When she’s not on the big corporate jobs she dabbles with her hand drawn illustrations. Operating under her own name brand, LuBurnell, she has developed a range of quirky totes, keyrings and jewellery as well as cards and prints.

Claudia Fumagalli

London-based illustrator Claudia is a lover of the cute and whimsical . She loves nothing more than seeing her drawings come to life, through her range Superfumi. Her latest collection, The Enchanted Forest, features a range of jewellery, greeting cards and gift ideas inspired by the wonderful and colorful woodland and its fauna, mixed in with a bit of magical mystery and sweet childhood memories.

Keep up-to-date with The Create Place via their blog, and Tweet them: @TheCreatePlace.

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