We understand that in a male dominated industry, being in a workshop as a woman can feel more than a little daunting, especially if you’re just getting started – or don’t feel entirely confident yet. Yet the idea of the open workshop movement is that they should be places of empowerment. At Blackhorse we’re keen to eliminate those fears, and create an environment that feels there’s no judgement or prejudice whatever your skills. So in response to your feedback, we’ve introduced a brand new Women’s Only Induction. The first scheduled date sold out in less than a day, so we’ve booked in another in August. Interested? Click here to book.
There seems to be an encouraging new focus to address the gender imbalance across the sector. This week we discovered the fantastic new initiative Women Who set up by Otegha Uwagba – a new network for creative working women. Also opening up discussion is Clare Cunningham, director of Faberdashery, who leads a talk at Fab Lab Londonon the 28th July about why the imbalance is still an issue and just what we can do to shift it.
We’re pleased to say we’ve just launched our brand new Members Directory showcasing members based in our studios or who are regular users of the space. Accessible from the main navigation bar, this new resource introduces each business, presenting a background to what they do, their design practice and how you can get in touch. Click here to view everyoneand delve into the pool of creative design…
Flick the switch – we’re turning into a cinema for the night next Friday 8th July. Teaming up with local film legends Stow Film Lounge to host a very special screening of Eden, a film all about 90s club culture in Paris, featuring a soundtrack of beats from Daft Punk and Frankie Knuckles. Click here to snap up your tickets.
Thanks to everyone who came down on Saturday night for another Spanner in the Works gig. Great performances from Firestations and Halfpenny Pass, not to mention a fantastic line in spanner glitter balls made by set designer Rebecca Phillips! Free this Wednesday? Join us for our first Show & Tell evening with member Hannah Schmidt & Toby Poolman as they discuss building a giant dust machine in the Tankwa Karoo Desert. All welcome. For all details of upcoming events, click here.
It’s nearly here! Join us tomorrow asSpanner in the Worksreturns to present another night of music with live music from bands Fire Stationsand Halfpenny Pass. So plenty of Tools,Treats and Tunes – enough said! Free for members, £5 for anyone else who fancies it!
There’s an interesting selection of makers at Design Miami Basel this week as part of the Craft Council‘s showcase: ‘Nature Lab’. And a rather nice short film you can watch, talking to the 6 selected makers on show about the creation of their elemental objects inspired by the natural world. One of those featured is our member Marlene Huissoud talking about her father’s 600 hive bee keeping operation and the beauty of the natural world. Click here to watch.Amazing.
Further experimentation – this time happening as part of Beirut Design Week as Seetal Solanki, our resident materials expert delivered a bio-plastics cooking workshop, exploring how plastics can be made from simple cooking ingredients such as tapioca flour, corn starch, vinegar, water and oil. Highlighting the potential for making sustainable plastics from waste materials, the session provided an insight into bio-factoring and how to create with the circular economy in mind.
Designers exhibiting as part of the Design Week were responding to the theme of Growing Sustainably, and the garbage crisis the country is facing. The lack of landfills means that there is an increased abundance of waste materials. Local designers are now using wood glue, plastic bags and fruit leather amongst other materials to create products that relate to their environment and surroundings.
Pictured above are some furniture pieces made by local designers from plastic created from 3600 waste plastic bags. If you’re interested in new forms of plastic in general, its worth checking out preciousplastic.com. Seetal will be curating a programme of talks and workshops in September to launch the British Council’s Maker Library here at Blackhorse Workshop.
We’ve been developing a new course in our forge, showing you how to cast an aluminium universal joint. This technique will give you the skills to create metal structures that are strong and adaptable and can be combined with standard timbers to make benches, tables, market stalls and shop fit-outs…whatever project you’ve got in mind.
Experiments shown here are using a sand casting technique, where the liquid aluminium is poured into a mould. If you’re keen to give it a go, the dates to pencil in are the 24th & 25th September. More details to follow soon.
Building and painting against a backdrop of a different kind, resident set designer Anna Oldham Cooperhas been busy creating the tower for the rather incredible Harrods British Eccentrics Garden showing all this week at the Chelsea Flower show. Commissioned by Irish garden designer and TV star Diarmuid Gavin, the roof majestically lifts off in true W.Heath Robinson cranky style.
We’re nothing short of impressed here. Anna’s work has previously featured in commercials, editorials, films and installations with clients including Nike, Wallpaper, GQ and Somerset House. So if you’re in the market for some fake towering brickwork (!), then head over to her website to see more extraordinary creations: annaoldhamcooper.com
Arteaga’s work is centred around building spacial forms that incorporate human behaviours. This piece has been constructed using traditional boat-building techniques, and the surface coated in the same lime wash used on the buildings of his hometown of Cadiz. As you enter the structure you are immediately enveloped in a protective calming embrace, that allows you to step outside the frantic space that is urban life.