Fabrication needs to move!

by FabricationCF in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th August 2018 we successfully raised £1,660 with 52 supporters in 28 days

Fabrication needs to move and grow; this crowdfunder is about making that transition smoothly and effectively for everybody.

by FabricationCF in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

UPDATE: We've changed some of the rewards, so take a look and see if there's anything new you would like to try! With 11 days to go we're doing really well - THANK YOU to everybody who has already pledged - but we can always do better. We've got armwarmers, jewellery, art and felting workshops and all sorts of new things to look at!

We can let you know that we're temporarily moving to the St John's Centre on the ground floor for a few months, so there won't be a huge break in between us closing and opening up again.

We are Fabrication, the craftiest place in Leeds! 

Fab is a social enterprise with around 70 different sellers and we're not just somewhere to sell for our members; we provide much more such as sense of purpose, employment, a focus, and mentoring. Over the years we've seen many of our sellers move out into their own retail businesses, and we provide a space for people to try out ideas for their own place and we're very proud to see shops that started in Fabrication go from strength to strength.

As a business we've been growing steadily for many years, and we've had a great home in the Light for the last five. Unfortunately we need to move from the Light (which has been lovely and we're grateful for their support) as the lease has run out. In order to grow as a business we need bigger & better premises and this seems like an ideal time to do this. 

There are a few spaces in Leeds City Centre that we're looking at but of course there needs to be a lot of work done in order to make wherever we move suitable for our use - these buildings have often been empty for a long time and are empty shells with no light, power, or water, let alone plastered walls or units we can use!

We can't tell you where the shop will be just yet - we're still working on the details - but we do have a couple of phases that we're aiming at. Phase One is to get the shop ready for opening on October 1st, a huge amount of work in its own right; not only will we need light and power, we'll need to make necessary adjustments for accessibility. Phase Two involves a community cafe, rehearsal and popup space in the heart of Leeds city centre. If we beat our initial target we have stretch goals that will help shape Phase Two.

Because Fabrication puts any spare cash back into the business we don't have any cash reserves to draw on when unexpected costs like this arise; we want to provide the best experience for our members and our shoppers and so we really need a cash boost to pay for moving to a new location. We're not asking for people to donate and get nothing in return, though; our sellers have been donating rewards so you get something tangible for your money. And we're not talking about a bookmark - all of these rewards are worth every single penny and then some. You could get a significant bargain, too. There are so many rewards that we're constantly adding to the list on the side, so check back often to see if something new has shown up!

Thanks for reading and watching; we hope you like the sound of the rewards and can donate to keep what is an amazing social and community enterprise going. If you have any questions please do get in touch.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

Your name on a brick!

When we open we'll be writing the name of everybody who funds us on a brick going up the staircase! Your name will be there for everybody to see and you'll get the warm glow of having helped out a great community project. EVERYBODY WHO GETS A REWARD GETS THEIR NAME ON THE WALL (unless you ask not to be).

£6 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Make your own pamphlet or keep your keys safe!

A mini "make-your-own pamphlet" kit from Anachronalia, OR a glass keyring from artisan glass workshop Twice Fired.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A good night's sleep

A 10ml bottle of Chapiteau sleep oil, to help you get a restful night's sleep.

£11 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Wooden fridge magnets or a handmade notebook!

A set of wooden fridge magnets by local woodcrafter Gavin Edwards OR a handmade A5 notebook, with a medieval woodcut image, by Anachronalia.

£11 or more

5 of 10 claimed

5 Rubbish Seaside postcards

5 Rubbish Seaside postcards by artist/designer Jack Hurley of Loud Ribs infamy, you can decide which of each design you'd like.

£15 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Fleece armwarmers!

A pair of handmade fleece arm warmers, in your choice of colour. Keep your arms toasty and stylish!

£18 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Glass candle arch (v1)

A glass candle arch, handmade by Twice Fired.

£19 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Otley Run OR Monet's Garden coasters

A set of Otley Run coasters by photographer Emma Manners! Relive those days of fancy dress and catastrophic hangovers! OR a set of Monet's Garden coasters; less hangover, much fancier.

£21 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Glass accessories for booze!

A gin muddler OR wine bottle stopper from amazing glass craft workshop Twice Fired!

£26 or more

0 of 5 claimed

A print by Beth Kilburn

A framed 5" print by painter Beth Kilburn, these works will brighten any home.

£30 or more

10 of 20 claimed

Rubbish Seaside prints

A signed, dated A3 Rubbish Seaside print - get to see all the details you miss on the postcards! By artist/designer Jack Hurley of Loud Ribs infamy. You get to pick which one you'd like when we fulfil this reward.

£30 or more

3 of 12 claimed

Ceramic button making workshop

Participate in a 2 hour Ceramic button making workshop with Clay and Wood Works where you will make a series of buttons which will be fired in Margaret’s kiln.

£35 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Glass workshop voucher

A workshop with glass designer Twice Fired, to the value of £35.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A massage from Chapiteau

A session with massage therapist Chapiteau, a favourite with sports enthusiasts in and around Leeds.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Jewellery from JAF designs

A beautiful gemstone set textured ring, made to order as per your ring size, with a choice of gemstone OR a sterling silver double heart pendant

£55 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Glass lantern workshop

Have you ever wanted to make your own lantern? This workshop making glass lanterns with Twice Fired would be an ideal way to learn.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Wooden box

A fantastic wooden box, elegantly made by local woodcrafter Gavin Edwards

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Design your own Drifting Downtime piece

Work with Drifting Downtime's Nicola Furbisher on a bespoke driftwood sculpture!

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Handmade fleece cape by Rown Tree Designs

A beautiful unlined fleece cape with satin binding, similar to the own in the description, in your choice of colour.

£77 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Make your own medieval book workshop!

A class with medieval book specialist Anachronalia; get to design and make your own book in the medieval style in our craft workshop.

£90 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Wooden wall panel (v1)

An incredible hanging wall panel (and hidden bracket) designed and handmade by local woodcrafter Gavin Edwards.

£110 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Jewellery workshops!

Either a beginners jewellery course, an advanced jewellery course or 1-to-1 tuition to the value of £100.

£120 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Handcut paper bike OR wooden wall panel (v2)

Two 8x10 clear frames containing half a handcut paper bike (it's easier to look at the picture in description), by artist Bethanie Yeong OR a wooden wall panel (plus fixings) by craftsman Gavin Edwards

£120 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Turn furniture into a box!

Donate £120 and an item of old furniture (eg chest of drawers) and Clay and Wood Works (who specialise in making wooden boxes from redundant solid wood furniture) will make you a box approx 30cm x 20cm x 20cm.

£135 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Half-day blacksmithing class

A half-day blacksmithing class with artisan metal sculptor Piers Edsall at his smithy in Rydale.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Full day glass workshop

A full day's glass workshop with Twice Fired! This would be an amazing day for crafty people.

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A wet felting course

A 1hr wet felting workshop for four people with Charlotte Bain; learn how to make unique gifts and accessories with your friends.

£210 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Handcut map of West Yorkshire

A *gorgeous* handcut paper map of West Yorkshire, in a 11"x14" frame (picture in description) by artist Bethanie Yeong.

£260 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Full day blacksmithing class

A full day blacksmithing class with artisan metal sculptor Piers Edsall at his smithy in Rydale.

£260 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Half-day photo shoot

A half-day photo shoot with photographer Emma Manners! An amazing chance to get headshots, product shots or a portrait session with the family.

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