Successful Weekend at Summer Open Studios 2018

 Jul 06, 2018

On the 23rd and 24th of June, The Sorting Office studios in Eastleigh opened its doors to the public for its biannual Open Studios event.

The weekend was a huge success for the vibrant designer-maker studios, with over 900 visitors turning out to experience the studios' delights - the largest number of attendees the event has ever seen.

Creature Hut's Tom Rush sculpts the head of Frankenstein's Monster at Open Studios. [photo credit - Oliver Lane 2018] 


The weekend event, of which the Saturday opening was run in conjunction with The Point Eastleigh's ever popular Unwrapped festival, saw the studios' 14 designer-makers doll up their working spaces and invite members of the public to browse their wares and explore their craft.

The converted royal mail sorting office also played host to a maker's fair in its airy Production House studio, which was curated this year by the fantastic Southampton Etsy team. The fair featured a variety of designers, makers, artists and craftspeople selling their handcrafted wares, with the items on offer ranging from beautiful jewellery to knitwear, illustration and much more.

Textile Artist Harriet Riddell live stitches a visitor in her studio space. [photo credit: Oliver Lane 2018]

On top of that, pop-up cafés from The T Box and Winchester Vintage Catering set up shop on Saturday and Sunday respectively on the studios's forecourt café, giving visitors a space to relax in the sun and discuss their latest purchases.

The event also saw a high-profile visit in the form of Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Bruce Tennent.

Check out more photos from the event below:

Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Bruce Tennent speaks to Illustrator Steinar Lund in his studio. [photo credit Oliver Lane 2018]

Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Bruce Tennent chats with resident Metalworker Rosie Wesley in her studio space [photo credit: Oliver Lane 2018]