The Blackhorse Team:
Rob Fawcett is our Workshop Manager. Having served an apprenticeship as a mould-maker in Middlesborough, he progressed to leading a design office, all within the plastics industry. After a year living his dream as a development engineer for the Honda motorcycle race team in America, he moved to London where he studied film, specialising in cinematography. Owning his own workshop has meant his making side never lapsed, and he has worked on an eclectic range of commissions from electro-mechanical window displays to prototyping for shoe designers.
Julie Lee manages our reception and has come from a background in film and media – working with charities and not-for-profit organisations as a web editor and comms assistant. From Film London to the Heritage Lottery Fund, she has enjoyed a varied career in the creative industries. She dabbles in a bit of music, a bit of a cooking, collects fashion editorial and likes getting lost in the hills.
Mhairi McGhee is the workshop’s Office & Events Manager. After graduating from Grays School of Art in Aberdeen she then completed an MA in Film Production and has since worked for a variety of Film and Arts festivals. As well as her own artistic practice, she has curated film screenings and exhibitions within the UK and Holland – where she lived for two years. She is passionate about community art projects, and a lover of making things across various media.
Enrique Melin is one of our Workshop Technicians. As well as assisting in the workshop and running our Woodwork Level 1 Inductions, he is a furniture maker and woodturner, and runs his own business making bespoke pieces. Being a long-term member, he is also very passionate about the life of the workshop and was recently involved in the build of the new extension and upcoming Blackhorse Sideshow project.
Toby Poolman is one of the workshop’s Senior Technicians who originally trained as a furniture designer/maker, and has since worked as furniture maker, timber-framed building craftsman and college lecturer. Following his Masters in Fine Art (sculpture) at Bath Spa University, he undertook a number of artist residencies, most notably on Peace Art Project Cambodia (PAPC) in Phnom Penh in 2004. The project involved working with Cambodian students to turn decommissioned AK47s, remnants of the Khmer Rouge regime, into marketable sculpture and furniture. Toby lives on his narrowboat in the capital, where he divides his time between his role at Blackhorse Workshop, private commissions and own sculpture.
Harriet Warden is the Creative Director of Blackhorse Workshop, and has set up and developed the project since it opened its doors in February 2014. She has worked across a variety of institutions across the cultural spectrum – most recently as one of the founding team behind Alain de Botton’s The School of Life, previously for architect Zaha Hadid, and for Tate Modern’s public programme and development teams. As a maker herself, Blackhorse Workshop presents a fantastic opportunity to combine her background in arts management & design with a passion for start up projects and building communities.