1. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CREATIVE BACKGROUND.
We Make is a studio, shop and workshop space based in Edinburgh. It is a place to work, make and to learn some new skills during our creative classes. We also sell our handcrafted pieces here, run private parties and hire the space for various events.
We are a team of three co-working designers and makers; Amy from BertyB is specialising in contemporary illustrated stationery design. She is also a founder of The Edinburgh Craft Club and runs a number of creative workshops and hen parties at We Make.
Lucy from Polymorphics creates handcrafted, simple objects for people to use and enjoy; contemporary home decor, jewellery and lighting. Lucy is also a tutor at We Make and she is hosting various workshops and private parties.
Anna from A.M Ceramics specialising in hand made, functional, earthenware ceramics. Made in small batches by hand, mostly wheel thrown and some slab built. Anna just got her own equipment at the studio and soon she will start running her classes and demos at We Make.
2. CAN YOU GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO YOUR PRACTICE AND WHAT YOU DO?
Our work is very different from each other, Amy works with paper, Lucy with wood and Anna with clay, though we work with different materials, textures and tools we all love the process of making and we really enjoy sharing that with others. Every single piece that you can find in our shop has a story behind and has been designed and made with lots of love, passion and attention to detail.
We love making our pieces but we also believe that making is not only about finishing an object but also about the mindful process of experimenting, trying new things, learning new skills and failing on the way. Through providing affordable, creative workshops we would like to encourage people to experience the many benefits of the creative process. To learn something new but also to simply enjoy getting absorbed in the making process! In the last few years research has shown that crafts can significantly improve wellbeing, increase happiness and decrease social isolation and loneliness. Craft has long been used as an antidote to the stresses and pressures of modern living. For some it is the satisfaction of taking home the final product, something they have made with their own hands. For others it is escaping their normal routine and enjoying the journey to create. Getting lost in an activity can turn negative thoughts or feelings into something really positive.
3. DO YOU HAVE ANY EXCITING PROJECTS OR EVENTS ON THE HORIZON?
We just had an amazing ‘Craft Fringe Take Over’ at We Make , Where we invited four local makers to each use our space over a weekend to creatively display their work, we are so pleased to have been able to showcase their beautiful work and also very happy to connect with other makers.
Autumn and winter are the busiest times of the year for us, we are planning lots of new workshops and activities. We will be hosting special Christmas workshops, shopping nights, pop-ups and events. We would also like to invite other makers to hire our space and run their own classes and events, please keep an eye on our social media and get in touch!
4. WHAT MAKES EDINBURGH A GOOD BASE FOR CREATIVES?
Edinburgh it’s a melting pot of people from around the world, the picturesque city brings together people from different backgrounds and with different life experiences. Edinburgh has been seen by some as being quite conservative, we think that is changing and the city is drawing more and more creative people. Not only to study and work but also to settle here and be part of the creative community, pushing it to develop and keep expanding . We think this is a very positive change that will continue to make Edinburgh more vibrant and dynamic and we are passionate about being part of that.
5. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE THINKING OF PURSUING A CAREER IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?
Being part of the creative industry can be very rewarding but also extremely tough, especially if you're a freelancer. You give a lot of yourself to the creative process and need to be able to adapt to all the different elements within the industry. But you are not alone, We think it’s very important to make connections with other creative people and be part of a community that gives support and helps to overcome the difficulties.
6. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT CREATIVE EDINBURGH?
Creative Edinburgh is a fantastic platform that not only brings together the local community but also it gives access to other creative people, supporting and encouraging collaborations between creative individuals and the wider creative community.