Help us set up the new Fabrication Craft Workshop

by Dawn Wood in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st December 2016 we successfully raised £570 with 13 supporters in 28 days

Raising funds to set up our new jewellery and fashion workplace in Leeds, following a devastating fire

by Dawn Wood in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Background

If you know Leeds you'll love it's vibrant and flourishing Independent sector, that exists thanks to the many and varied local artists, makers and 'doers' who work with passion and soul

With high st space more rare and costly than ever, local artists have to work harder and shout more loudly to get their voices heard and products into the marketplace.

On their own, working in isolation that can be difficult, and often incredibly disheartening


Who We Are


We are a Social Enterprise in  Leeds City Centre committed to changing this, by supporting and nurturing micro craft businesses but we need your help. Please become part of someone's success by joining our unique and exciting inititative

Fabrication set up in 2008 with work and retail space, giving access to communal workspace, specialist equipment, to encourage and mentor makers, and to prevent social isolation amongst craftspeople, it has established itself as a valuable resource amongst the community in Leeds

We have had a small workshop since 2008, set up by a 5k unltd award but self funding since, offering long term and adhoc work space to fashion and textile designermakers, jewellers, leatherworkers and embroiderers as well as peer mentoring.  We also run workshops in various craft skills and have a retail shop in the city centre too. There has been support for over 300 micro businesses

In November 2015 a fire in a neighbouring building caused partial demolition of our workshop, causing us and our users major problems. It was devastating and as such we've spent the last year hunting for the perfect building. This has finally been found but needs a lot of work to get up and running

Due to the size of the new premises we can support more businesses and will now be setting up a larger fully equipped jewellery and sewing studio, with space for over 30 full term and adhoc businesses as well as meeting/event space for community groups, and classes

Whilst there are now a number of coworking spaces in Leeds none have provision for the disciplines we cater for, and a number of  businesses working with us before the fire have been unable to find other accommodation and therefore unable to work, causing them huge problems

We have found over the last 8 years that working together can have a huge impact on the increase of productivity and motivation, helping with mental health issues, and have seen the problems that have arisen from not having the workspace over the last year in a number of our members. So are keen to address it as soon as possible and take on a bigger venture

The workshop will be spread over 3 floors of a 5 storey building. The top 2 floors are currently empty and we hope to be able to expand into them as soon when money allows. 2 of the 3 floors are approx 2,500sqft, the basement being about half the size, and are very light and airy.

What We Need

The building is just off Vicar Lane in the city centre, so very convenient. We haven't been given it for free and need to do all the works ourselves to make it habitable

The major cost we will incur will be for a rewire, as there is only minimal electricity and no heating in the premises. There will also be other sundries, such as new doors, plumbing work, some partitioning etc. There is also a lift we want to bring back into use to improve accessibility

We also need more equipment to be able to be able to expand the numbers of people using it

We currently have enough jewellery equipment for 3 people but want to expand that further

We currently have 6 industrial sewing machines but need an industrial iron and overlocker + more cutting tables

We need

6 Jewellery benches
4 Cutting Tables
1 Industrial Iron
1 Industrial Overlocker
1 Coverstitch Machine
+ assorted tools for jewellery and leatherworking to increase provision. We will buy 2nd hand here safe and possible to keep costs down

We do have some funds to put towards this but not sufficient to cover everything and hope to be up and running for the end of January.

As well as seeking crowdfunding we would love it if people wanted to donate time, materials (such as tiles, paint, flooring etc) and equipment

Thank you for reading and for your support, it really will be invaluable

Rewards

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Your name on our pledge wall. Invite to our launch event A ltd edition print from one of our sellers Tom Rowlinson. Hire of one of our classrooms for one of our 3hr craft parties for you and 6 other friends,

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Weekend jewellery making experience by Bent and Forged Your name on our pledge wall. Invite to our launch event

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Your name on our pledge wall. Invite to our launch event & others we hold A ltd edition print from one of our sellers Tom Rowlinson. lots of love and cake + use of a work station for 2 months,

£250 or more

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Your name on our pledge wall. Invite to our launch event & others we hold A ltd edition print from one of our sellers Tom Rowlinson. Hire of one of our classrooms for one of our 3 hr crafty parties for you and 10 friends

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wow, cake, gin, infinite love, + a Mystery Parcel of items from our lovely talented Fabrication shop sellers Your name on our pledge wall. Invite to our launch event & others we hold

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wow, cake, gin, infinite love, Work bench rental for 4 months Your name on our pledge wall. Invite to our launch event & others we hold A ltd edition print from one of our sellers Tom Rowlinson. Work bench rental for 4 months

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