If you are the kind of person who loves beautiful fabrics and likes to sew, Make & Do is just the place for you. Launched as an online project by Kirsten Clark in 2010, Make & Do is now a fabulous shop and workshop venue based on the lively Sandy Park Road in Brislington.
Kirsten is an arts graduate who, since finishing her studies, has developed a wide range of skills and experiences that feed into her work with Make & Do. Amongst other things, Kirsten has been a secondary school teacher (specialising in art and special educational needs), has run a Community Arts Project called Broadwalk Arts in Knowle, and has chaired the South Bank Arts Trail. The Make & Do project was partly developed to fit in with her role as mum to two small boys.
Kirsten first opened the Make & Do space in the back room of a shop called Tenderfoot on Sandy Park Road, but when this location was redeveloped, Kirsten identified another shop unit, just a bit further up the road, and she opened Make & Do here in September 2013.
As well as selling a range of great fabrics and haberdashery items, Kirsten has been keen to develop Make & Do as a creative hub for the local community. She runs a range of sewing workshops where you can make items such as: children’s pyjamas, handbags, a child’s playtime tunic, lampshades, cushions, pencil cases and shopping bags. Kirsten welcomes enquiries from small groups of friends, businesses, community groups and schools regarding the development of bespoke workshops. Make & Do also run parties too.
She also runs a Craft Club for grown-ups every Friday evening. For £7 you can spend time with other creative people and make something to take home (this price includes all materials, tea, coffee and as much help as you need).
If you need a help with a sewing project – hand or machine sewn – there is also a Monday Sewing Surgery, which runs from 9.30 -11.00am and costs £5 per person.
Kirsten has designed a range of sewing project kits. Each kit contains everything you need to complete the project including clear, illustrated, step-by-step instructions. She also makes a variety of items such as aprons, memo boards and lampshades, for those who want something handmade but don’t have time to make it themselves.
Kirsten is passionate about helping people to develop their creative skills and Make & Do is a real reflection of this passion. She is a great teacher and she has assembled a group of enthusiastic staff who help to sell items in the shop and deliver workshops. This team became invaluable last year when Kirsten became ill with Guillain-Barré syndrome (a rare and serious condition of the peripheral nervous system that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system.) The team ensured that business went on as usual and Kirsten is now glad to be back on the road to recovery and making plans for how Make & Do will develop over the next few years.
Fabrics, haberdashery items, kits and handmade items can be purchased from the Make & Do shop, but if you are not able to get to Brislington, you can also buy online. For more information about any of the products, workshops or other events at Make & Do, visit their website: http://www.mymakeanddo.co.uk.