Community engagement workshops spanning 10 months focusing on skill sharing between master craftspeople and the public, showcasing traditional construction techniques and materials. Included turning beer pump handles, harvesting and weaving willow for baskets, designing and setting bar tiles, assembling bar stools, designing and making aprons, and throwing clay for pub snack jars.
Everything created at these workshops can now be found at The Pilcrow Pub.
A series of workshops in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University’s Unit X students and the public to create furniture for the 2017 festival hub at Manchester International Festival.
In response to a need to develop a sense of neighbourhood and community at Windsor Road in Harpurhey, we worked with residential property developers Taylor Fay Homes to allow people of the street to make their own cups for borrowing sugar and silver plated spoons.
This was an opportunity to bring local residents and council members of East Manchester together to encourage community sentiment and foster long lasting relationships.
Our take on a Santa’s Grotto, we worked alongside local design collective Maker’s Dozen to establish a rotating series of workshops through which people could make their own version of a toy boat, candle, or journal to give as a gift.
This activity attracted hundreds of budding makers to Sadler’s Yard in December 2016.
With Joe at the potter’s wheel, visitors to the Manchester Coffee Festival could direct the design of their perfect cup for coffee.
These prototypes will inform a finished design that will be available later this year.