Wayne Hemingway MBE Praises "Total Bravery" of The S-O
Internationally-acclaimed designer Wayne Hemingway MBE has praised The Sorting Office model as “total bravery”, adding “more power to Eastleigh’s elbow” after visiting the designer-maker studios on Friday.
Wayne, co-founder of Red or Dead and House of Hemingway, was at the Eastleigh designer-maker studios to celebrate its 3rd birthday, along with 50 VIP guests including councillors, representatives from various organizations, and local creatives.
Wayne was shown round the Eastleigh Borough Council supported studios before he gave a short speech to the guests, in which he praised The Sorting Office for its tenacity.
Wayne said of The Sorting Office:
“When this was first thought of nearly four years ago it was crazily brave really, and the reason why I liked the idea was because it was brave.
“It’s a testament to all the people who work and operate here that it’s a success, and also to everybody involved in running it, for the council to support this, it’s just total bravery.
“In the last three years it’s been empirically proven, the value of these kind of people to the economy.”
The Sorting Office resident surface designer Mariska Parent also gave a talk on her journey to growing her creative business. She spoke about her experiences setting up her wallpaper print design business, and how The Sorting Office helped to support her.
After the talks, guests had the chance to talk to artists and browse the studios, with bucks fizz, themed cupcakes and pastries to celebrate.
The Sorting Office is home to 16 designer-makers. It is run in partnership between Eastleigh Borough Council and arts’ charity ‘a space’.