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A S H O P Y O U S A Y ?
First of all I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has supported Priormade to get this far. To all those that own Priormade products (there must be over 2000 out there!), to all the supportive social media followers and to all those who have given me lots of real-life hugs. I can't believe I'm opening a PRIOR shop!
My vision is to open a small shop in Bristol that sells handcrafted, beautiful homewares that are made ethically and sustainably*. It will also be a 'makers space' with monthly workshops; empowering people of all ages to learn fun, technical, employable and practical art skills. The Priormade Studio will also be onsite, expanding the range of work and commissions we do.
*It is impossible to be 100% ethical and sustainable but I want to represent designer/makers who make responsible choices with materials, processes, sourcing and postage. I want members of the public to know that this is guaranteed for anything they buy in the shop.
A B O U T
My name is Beck Prior and I began Priormade 7 years ago. I've always been incredibly ambitious and driven, but did you know that Priormade was a complete accident? It was a part time hobby while I recovered from illness. Once back at work (Creative Arts for Young People) I realised that I wanted Priormade to become a full time business. Over the years it has developed and expanded, merging my product design, prop making and workshops into a small and mighty business.
I've been nestled within the comfortable walls of In Bristol Studio since Priormade began, moving and combining spaces as my business grew. It is a shared space of 40 artists and I have reached the maximum amount of space available (storage and workshop time). I need to take the next step and catapult Priormade into the next phase!
I have been given an incredible opportunity to take on a retail/workshop premises in the bustling area of Old Market, Bristol. It's big enough to create a wood workshop (including machines) so I can make my products/commissions much more efficiently. It has space for a 'makers space' where I can run workshops for adults and young people, and another space at the front (with a shop window) for a retail shop!
It's what I've spent all these years working towards and I can't believe it's happening! I'm very, very excited!
Save up to £150!
I thought a Crowdfunder campaign before Christmas would be the most realistic chance to gather the funds I need for this move. Instead of asking for donations, I will sell Priormade products at a discounted rate. You'll get custom made and handcrafted products in time for Christmas.
It's the biggest financial move I've ever made and I'm not asking for money for free (unless you can and want to of course!), I'm just asking if you'd like to purchase lovingly handmade products in advance ❤️
I have listed lots of products and workshops in the right-hand column. You simply choose which reward you'd like (via each pledge amount) and make your payment. All rewards are discounted (some are enormous savings of up to £150! ) and most have a limited amount available. So, if you want something in particular, best get in there quick!
All rewards will be delivered before Christmas.
O U R T A R G E T
At the moment I use all of the shared machinery at In Bristol Studio to make my work. When I move out, I will have nothing except for a few hand-tools. With the money raised I will be able to purchase much needed professional equipment and build a functional workshop to keep trading.
To fund a the move, renovation of the space, purchase of some machines and the installation of the workshop, shop and makers space I will need £5,000. This means I'll need to raise £12,000 on Crowdfunder.
Confused? Where has the other £7,000 gone?
When the target has been reached, Crowdfunder takes approximately 10 %. I will begin making your products but each item has material costs, overheads and wages for my small team who help me. I'll have approximately £5,000 left over to put towards building the shop.
If I go over my target then bloomin' heck... GREAT, KEEP ON PLEDGING (please).
T H E S P A C E
I have regular enquires from work experience students, recent graduates, interns and new mums looking for flexible part time hours. This new space will enable me create these opportunities.
Proposed floor plan
- s h o p -
The front space and window will be a small retail shop. I hope to represent a selection of handmade products that have been created ethically and sustainably. I will carefully choose each designer by looking into how each product is made, where it's created and how it's packaged. I hope to also support upcoming/new designers. The shop area will be flexible and will also be used as an exhibition and event space to showcase innovative, responsible and low impact art and design. The shop will be open 3 days a week to start with, aiming for 7 days in the future.
- m a k e r s s p a c e -
The middle space will be a small classroom/makers space. I am an experienced community art project manager and youth worker who runs many workshops in schools, youth clubs and at various events. The Priormade team also hosts adult workshops such as hen parties, staff inset days and creative team building activities. I am an Arts Award advisor and this space will become an Arts Award Registered Centre. I hope to offer school holiday and weekend workshops for young people, and weekend and evening projects/workshops for adults. These workshops would be led by me and other experienced workshop providers. I hope it can become a place for community meetings and a hub for community projects to begin.
- w o o d w o r k s h o p -
The back space will be a wood workshop, fitted with custom made workbenches, storage and machinery so that I can continue to make my products. It's important for me and my business ethos to keep the production 'in-house' as much as possible. This enables me to employ talented local people.
R E W A R D S
Most rewards are current products at a discounted rate, however there are a couple of *brand new* items in there too!
Would you like to make your own table tennis bat or your own filament lamp? Sign up to a workshop!
Any questions please ask via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have listed a set number for each reward. After the Crowdfunder has ended, I will contact you to find out your colour choices! Your products will be ready for delivery or collection in December. See my website for all product dimensions and colour ranges: www.priormade.co.uk
All pledgers will have their names laser engraved into a birch plywood plaque, installed on the 'wall-of-thanks' in my shop. Pledgers will also get a small 'YOU ARE AMAZING' magnet (because you are).
Any pledges made without a requested reward are hugely appreciated. Thank-you so much in advance for supporting me. I really can't thank you enough.
- F o r t h e h u g g e r s -
Find me, at any time (daylight hours please), to cash in your reward !
- G i f t v o u c h e r s -
You can purchase £10, £25, £50 or £100 vouchers for my online shop. You will receive a high resolution digital e-voucher that you can print at home. A perfect Christmas present for a lucky person to choose their own gift and colour combinations.
*Ideal for international backers and for those that can wait until after Christmas
- Geo Vessels -
With or without a plant - you know these guys! Great empty as both sizes can hold water and a bunch of flowers! Also brilliant as a pinch pot or a desk tidy!
- Geo Coasters -
NEW PRODUCT - Handmade. Set of 4 finished in Osmo Oil to withstand coffee and tea stains. 90mm x 90mm x 6mm. Sustainable birch plywood.
Limited amount available.
- Salt and Pepper Pinch Pots.
As it says on the tin! A popular new product that I love in the kitchen/ on the dining table.
- Planter Box Painting kit -
NEW PRODUCT - These box planters have been designed for minimal assembly as they slot together snuggly without any need for glue. Using simple acrylics (or your left-over tester pots), the engraved lines stop your paint from bleeding into the next section. These kits are a perfect, calming activity for those who love making things and have a particular colour palette in mind.
*Plant and paints not included.
- Earrings -
Only 20 pairs of each available before Christmas. The feathers are made from inner tubes and hand painted. The single feather is 7cm and the smaller double is 4cm (length of longest part of inner tube, not including the fitting). The wooden earrings are made from Teak and you can choose between the Thekla floorboard or Weston - Super - Mare's Grand Pier (salvaged after the Great Fire). The inner tubes are on hypoallergenic Titanium and the wooden range is on 925 guaranteed sterling silver
- GEO | Lamps -
Whether your preference is the Filament, 100, 200, 300, pendant (with a strap or without) all are heavily discounted. You can choose own colour (paint and cable) for a fraction of the online price! You can save up to £45 if you're buying one on its own or up to £95 if buying a pair!
The cable is 2 metres long with all desk lamps and 3 metres for the pendants.
Every pendant lamp comes with a secure wall mounted wooden hook.
Please see our website for the full colour range www.priormade.co.uk
See the Priormade Instagram or website for more photographs.
- GEO | Cluster -
Three or five? This is a brand-new product for Priormade and only available via this Crowdfunder, saving £150. You can choose your own colours (paint and cable), they can be different from each other and you can also choose the cable length. These clusters are mounted on a ceiling rose and will need to be hard wired into the mains.
You are invited to the studio to choose the cable colour and length.
- Workshops -
The workshops listed are for both adults, families and young people. I have an up-to-date DBS, insurance and safeguarding certificate so you can participate with your young person or collect them afterwards.
I plan to run a number of courses for each workshop.
Due to the nature of the 'rewards' system each participant will need to pledge separately.
Please email me with your preferred date and who you have booked with.
Confirmation will be sent after the Crowdfunder campaign has ended.
Filament Lamp Making £65 / Saving £35 pp
Using reclaimed wood you will use wood working machinery, paint and pigment pens to create your own filament lamps, finished with organic linseed oil You will learn how to wire them safely and choose the cable colour. All materials supplied.
- 3 hours per workshop
- 6 participants per workshop
- Suitable 18+
- Snacks provided.
- 10am - 1pm
- Dates: Saturday 2nd March, Sunday 3rd March, Saturday 16th March and Sunday 17th March.
Trio of Polymer Clay Planters £15 / Saving £10 pp
Create your own trio of planters. Using a special model makers clay, we will sculpt three pots that you can use as planters or desk accessories. You can make anything you like! Faces? Geometric shapes? Boxes? Abstract shapes? You decide. We will paint them too! All materials (including plants) are provided.
- 3 hour workshop
- 8 participants per workshop
- Suitable 10+ Snacks provided.
- 10 am- 1pm
- Dates: Sunday 17th February, Wednesday 20th February, Saturday 30th March, Sunday 31st March.
Table Tennis Bat Making £15 /saving £5 pp
Would you like to make your own table tennis bat? Using wood working tools you will make your own bat from scratch. The rubber supplied will not be official table tennis quality so if you are a committed player, please purchase your own from a sports shop/online.
- 3 hour workshop
- 5 participants per workshop
- Suitable for ages 12+
- Snacks provided.
- 10am -1pm
- Dates: Thursday 21st February, Saturday 23rd February, Sunday 24th February
Automata Box £8 / Saving £2 pp
Especially for young people this workshop will introduce the group to cams, axels and followers. They will make a spinning machine of their choice using various materials to decorate. All materials provided.
- 2.5 hour workshop
- 8 participants per workshop
- Suitable for ages 8+
- Snacks provided
- 10am - 12.30pm
- Dates: Saturday 16th February, Monday 18th February, Tuesday 19th February.
List of equipment and expenses:
- Trade bandsaw
- Trade pillar drill
- Trade belt and disk sander
- Fine dust and chip extraction system.
- Renovation of the shop (plaster, paint, sealant)
- Installation of internal windows and doors
- Industrial curtain to separate dust wood workshop and 'classroom'
- Built in storage, work benches with vices, workshop tables.
- Build shop retail display including shelves and units (plus wood, fixings and materials)
- A security roller shutter for the front of the shop
- Logo and signage
I will be putting my own money into this project and may also need a small business loan. This campaign is to help me get started without paying the banks a large sum of interest. The lease on the property is 5 years with likely extension.
Thank-you so much in advance!
See the Priormade Instagram or website for more photographs.
Q U E S T I O N S ?
Q. How much is shipping?
Bristol collections are FREE. After the campaign has ended we will arrange a number of days during December where you can come and collect your reward from our current studio in Barton Hill (In Bristol Studio).
If you would like it posted please add an 'additional donation' at checkout (see below) depending on where you are. Posting lamps are more expensive as they are heavier. We cannot post plants outside of the UK - sorry!
• UK: + £2.00 / + £5.00 for lamps
• Europe: +£4.00 / + £8.00 for lamps (includes Republic of Ireland)
• World Zone 1: +£5.00 / + £10.00 for lamps (includes USA, Canada, South America, Africa and Asia)
• World Zone 2: +£5.00 / + £10.00 for lamps (includes Australia and New Zealand)
Check which zone your country is in here or get in touch at email@example.com
Q. Will the rewards be shipped in time for Christmas?
A. Yes, all rewards will made and shipped before Christmas. If we sell out, we will list more rewards that will be ready in the new year.
Q. Can I pledge anonymously?
A. Yes, you can opt to hide your name from other supporters list by ticking the relevant box when you make your pledge. Don't worry, we will still be able to see your details. If you are pre-ordering a reward as a gift, this is a great option.
Q. Can I pledge on more than one reward?
A. Yes, you can choose as many rewards as you like. You will need to make a new separate pledge for each reward. If you get stuck, you can message firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Q. Are you lamps safe?
Yes 100%. We have attended electrician courses in 'Understanding Basic Wiring'. All lighting components have Product Certification (CE) and are from a LIAQA assured company. Each cable has a UK three pronged plug, the lamp is earthed and the cable is double insulated.
The light fitting is Bayonet BC22. We recommend using a LED bulb to save energy.
- The pendant lamps require a specific size. Email us for more information and a list of stockists email@example.com