Built amongst the rubble of Blackhorse Yard, Lola Lely’snew project: “The Three Lions” was commissioned by Stanhope Schroders for a new mixed use development in Ruskin Square,Croydon. Lely worked with surface designer Stephanie Tudor, experimenting with the colours, details, materials and patterns inspired by the local landscape.
Lely explains:’it’s sad when something has been pulled down, as if trying to eradicate the past, but with this development, it’s history has been reborn into these lions’. The pair turned the old rubble materials from the building site into new materials using eco-resin Jesmonite, which is easy to cast and which allowed them to incorporate bricks, glass and metal shavings, blending them together.
‘Not only are they sculpture, they act as seating as well. We felt that sculpture at times can be quite inaccessible – you stand at a distance, look at it and you’re not allowed to get close and touch, which kind of defeats the object of public sculpture… These lions are about giving you permission to touch, climb and do whatever you want.’
We’re looking forward to seeing other future collaborations from this talented pair…
Some stunning tables left the workshop last week, the creation of furniture makerJack Relton, headed for Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick.
Jack rescued over 75 pallets from surrounding industrial units to the workshop, re-purposing them to create these stunning table top inlays using 3 different classic geometric designs – including the tumbling block pattern to reference a tumbling crate. The table legs were designed and fabricated using mild steel box section welded together. Jack is taking commissions, so if you’re interested drop him a line. All is details can be found on our members directory page here.
A great turnout on Saturday as we hosted Pumpkin Panic – an alternative pumpkin team carving game, where every round involved carving a different feature, before passing it along the line for its next alteration.
With a fantastically spooky music set from these two characters…
And a grand indestructible horse head pinata finale! From next year with our new education space we’ll be hosting regular kids Saturday workshops, so if you’re interested, then drop us a line.
We’re pleased to announce that work has just begun on our new yard building and education space. Design and architecture collective Assembleare back to work their magic to juggle small budgets and big ambitions to create a new street fronting cafe & events space in our yard.
Freeing up the existing cafe space will allow us to set up a new education & teaching space in our main building where we’ll be running new courses, hosting daytime workshops for groups, Saturday workshops for kids, and the ability to extend our bench space at busy times. Funded through the Mayor of London’s High St Fundand thanks to theLondon Borough of Waltham Forest your workshop will be changing as you know it! So despite appearances, it will be business as usual for the next couple of months. After just 2 years in the making, this marks an exciting next step for the workshop, and demand showing that making is here to stay!
It came and went in a whirlwind, but our week of events and workshops for London Design Festival in collaboration with Ma-tt-erbrought together a fantastic mix of designers and researchers working with wood. We kicked off with talks by author of The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees, Rob Penn, hearing all about his journey to create as many objects as possible from a single ash tree.
There were workshops exploring the process of kerfing with Lola Lely, natural wood dyeing with indigo thanks to textile designer Hazel Stark, and innovative joinery with waste plastics from Micaella Pedros.
Wrapping up with an evening of music from The Drones. Looking forward to doing it all again next year…
Following on from the success of last years Makers Playground, next week we’ll be hosting a series of talks and workshops for London Design Festival asking how wood can be pushed past tradition, past common knowledge and past standard use. How can it as a material be relevant to the moment and speak to the future? We’ll have talks from TV author Rob Penn on his exploration of the ash tree, alternative joinery classes with Micaella Pedros, explorations of kerning (bending) wood from designer Lola Lely, wood dyeing with Hazel Stark, and discussion from ALPTechnologies about the transformation of wood into an energy resource.
Check out our events page here to find out more and book your tickets.
As Walthamstow is legendary for its Neon thanks to the fabulous God’s Own Junkyard, we felt it was about time to learn the secrets. So this weekend we welcomedNeon Workshops down from Wakefield to show us how its done.
Much harder than it looks seems to be the general opinion!
We’re delighted to say that this month building work will start on a brand new extension that will house a new cafe space, education space, new ground floor studios and outdoor working area for members with additional storage. This is all thanks to the Mayor of London’s High Street Fundtogether with match funding from London Borough of Waltham Forest. We’ll also be welcoming back Turner Prize winning architects and design team Assemble who are leading on the design and build of the new space. So bear with us during construction, and we’ll keep you posted as the space transforms…
Thanks to everyone who came down on Saturday for the Underline Family Activity Day with Art on the Underground. Great bodging tools workshop, with new inventions such as a blackberry picker (shown above) for those out of reach berries!
Indigo dyeing experiments with artist Katharine May, toy boat building and more!
We’ll be hosting more family activity days soon, but watch out for our Wooden Mattersseries of events and workshops for London Design Festival. Check out our events page here to find out more.