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Collaborative Kaleidoscope Sept 29th – Nov 3rd

This autumn Making Lewes presents Collaborative Kaleidoscope, a series of events celebrating the richness and diversity of local, national and global makers. Fridays 29th September – 3rd November

Launch event – Cooked, Baked and Fired Again

Friday September 29th 18.30 prompt at Fitzroy House, Lewes BN7 2AD

Sit-down vegetarian supper and showcase of ceramics by invited East Sussex potters.

Talks by ceramicists – Anne Mette Hjortshoj from Bornholm, Denmark and Tanya Gomez from Lewes.

Tickets £22.50 (includes vegetarian mezze supper, cake and a complimentary drink) Pay bar available. Book online through eventbrite.co.uk search makinglewes. Or click the link.

Ceramics showcase open to the general public Saturday, September 30th, 11–16.00. All items for sale

Collaborative Kaleidoscope continues with talks and workshops. All talks are free though with a £5 suggested donation (to support continuing Making Lewes programming)

Nabeel Hamdi – development & social architecture

20.00, Friday October 6 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD

Duncan Baker-Brown (Lewes) – materials re-use and circular economy

20.00, Friday October 13 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD

Fred Baier + Anna Bera – furniture making and wood design

19.00, Friday October 20 at Studio Hardie Lewes BN7 2PE

Wonky Toys and Wild Children children’s and family workshop

15.30 – 17.30, Friday October 20 at the Linklater Pavilion Lewes BN7 2FG

Emily Charkin, Wilderness Wood – Learning through building

20.00, Friday October 27 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD

Hans Johannson, (Iceland) – stringed instrument and violin maker

20.00, Friday November 3 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD


Speakers and event info in more depth

September 29th – Anne Mette and Tanya Gomez

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Anne Mette Hjortshøj is one of Bornholm’s leading potters, the Danish Baltic Sea island with a worldwide ceramics and craft culture reputation.

Tanya Gomez  – Over the last ten years Gomez has been developing a dedicated following for her ceramic work, gaining recognition nationally and was a recent recipient of an Arts Council Grant for a showcase piece at this years Crafts Council’s Collect Open show.

October 6th – Nabeel Hamdi

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Hamdi is Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Development at Oxford Brookes University. Hamdi’s focus is social, urban housing and international development and is known across the development sector. He has provisionally titled his talk Building a Humanitarian architecture: Deciding Interventions.

October 13th – Duncan Baker-Brown

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Baker-Brown is a co-founder of the respected Lewes based BBM Sustainable Design studio, architect of the Wastehouse, (which highlights re-use and recycling in building materials), and author of recently published The Re-Use Atlas. The evening is centred around his new book.

October 20th Fred Baier, Furniture Maker + Anna Bera

(at Studio Hardie, Phoenix Works, Lewes BN7 2PE)

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Fred Baier – Internationally renowned furniture maker, Baier pioneered the use of computer aided design in furniture making in the 1980’s, and has been at the forefront of drawing together analogue and digital making in the decades since. Baier’s talk is titled Form Swallows Function – crossing the analogue/digital divide.

Anna Bera, Polish artist and the British Councilʼs European programmes manager Gian Luca Amadei in conversation.

Bera is Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft current artist-in-residence as part of their autumn exhibition, New Truth to Materials: Wood. From Poland, Bera is particularly interested in natural materials, and has worked using wood on her Wild Children projects.

October 20th – 15.30 – 17.30 – Wonky Toys and Wild Children Workshop

(at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Ln, Lewes BN7 2FG)

An ‘all are welcome’ Wonky Toys workshop for children accompanied by an adult led by Lewes artist Zuky Serper  with Anna Bera, reprising Zuky’s very successful workshop during the Make Lewes Festival 2016 in the Turkish Baths.

The workshop and talks evening are in partnership with Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum

October 27th Emily Charkin

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Charkin is one half of the partnership, who have turned Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down into an inspirational centre for children and adults to learn together through outdoor self-building and making. With extensive educational experience Charkin’s talk will explore the educational value of making and building for children and Wilderness Wood’s place within the radical education tradition.

November 3rd– Hans Johannsson

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Johannson is Iceland’s principal stringed instrument and violin-maker, living and working in Reykjavik. Alongside the craft of traditional violin making, Johannsson has also developed a series of twenty first century violins and other stringed instruments, collaborating with fellow Icelandic artists and musicians, including Olafur Eliasson.

For further information email info@makinglewes.org

The Lewes Maker Space

A Maker Space for the 21st Century

Making Lewes is developing plans for an original and distinctive Lewes Maker Space.

With Lewes District Council’s rethink decision on the future of the Turkish Baths (see here), on thursday, 23rd February 2017, Making Lewes will be submitting a more detailed proposals for our envisaging of the Maker Space.

Download our first draft lewes-maker-space-v1 and let us know what you think. Email us if you want to get involved – info@makinglewes.org

The Lewes Maker Space will be a community and educational hub for the town and environs while also acting at the national and international level.

Our aim is to create a distinctive, cross-disciplinary and individual Maker Space, reflecting and helping maintain Lewes’s great individual sensibility, identity and character. Continue reading The Lewes Maker Space

Lewes Makers Events

Make Lewes Festival 2015 features a number of making and crafts focused events. These include:

COLLABORATIVE COLLISIONS

MAKERS TALKS EVENING

COOKED, BAKED & FIRED EXHIBITION

MAKERS OPEN STUDIOS


COLLABORATIVE COLLISIONS.

12-13th September

Lewes Phoenix Foundry

An improvisation over two days with cogs, wheels and hay.

For this years Festival we’ve invited local crafts people and makers to create a collaborative collision and come up with a joint completed work over the course of the first festival weekend.

Conversation, cogs, wheels, hay, ropewalks, wimbles with two rope making workshops for the public.

Public participation is happening Sunday 13th between 12.00 and 4.00pm, with all and everyone welcome. 
The open activities will include rope-making workshops and there will also be a cafe for refreshments.

Makers and Crafts people participating in Collaborative Collisions include the following:

Anne Marie ‘O Sullivan – Basket Maker

Jonathan Swan – Jeweler

Mike Pattison – Bicycle inventor

Tom McWalter – Designer & Maker

Photo credit: Alun Callender

Thanks to Diana at The Seamstress and Abigail from Abigail’s Drapery for supplying materials!


MAKERS TALKS EVENING

Friday 18th 19.30 – 21.30 Studio Hardie 1, (map)

Makers Talks evening with locally and nationally recognised makers & crafts people. Including The Collaborative Collisions team talking about their experience of improvising together over the previous weekend. Plus MakingLewes team member William Hardie of StudioHardie will be speaking!

Further speakers include:

Mary Butcher – Mary Butcher is one the country’s foremost Basket-Makers, and has exhibited both in Britain and internationally. She has conducted research into East Anglian basket making and was made an OBE

Charley Brentnall – Charley Brentnall has been at the forefront of the resurgence of oak and timber frame building carpentry during the last forty years. He was a founder of one of the earliest British new carpentry companies, Carpenter Oak & Woodland.


MAKERS OPEN STUDIOS.

Lewes Makers showing, talking and demonstrating their own particular craft and making.

Open Studios available at:

Guiliaume Lyons (map)

Mo Hamid Pottery (map)

Inglis-Hall Furniture Design (map)

Robin van Creveld Open Kitchen (map)

Nic Johnson Wood Sculpting – Studio 1, Vipers Wharf, railway Lane, Lewes BN7 2AQ

For times please see the schedule here
Lewes Makers Events are part of Make lewes Festival 2015.

MAKERS DIRECTORY COMING SOON……

Making Lewes is in the process of compiling a directory of makers from Lewes and surrounding areas.

Lewes has a wealth of creative talent, with crafts people, artisans, artists and makers of much variety occupying spaces throughout the town and surrounding countryside.

Part of the agenda for Making Lewes is to highlight and celebrate the Makers of Lewes. Check Back here soon…!

Above image: Annemarie O’Sullivan