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 Sep 14, 2017
A project to design a mural that aims to brighten up the graffiti-blighted Velmore underpass in Eastleigh is nearing completion, with a section of the finished piece being brought in for a final quality check. The section of the mural, which was designed by Illustrator Denise Hughes with support from Eastleigh Local Area Committee (ELAC) and First Wessex Housing Association, was brought to the studios to be checked over by Denise and ELAC Senior Implementation and Design Officer...Read More
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 Jun 23, 2017
Visitors turned out in their droves to The Sorting Office designer-maker studios over the weekend (16-17 July) to experience a colourful display of arts, craft and design at the creative hub’s Summer Open Studios event.   Artists, organisers and visitors alike were thrilled by the vibrancy and talent exhibited by the Eastleigh studios’ 17 resident artists, as well as the bustling Maker’s Fair in the studios’ Production House. ...Read More
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 Jun 22, 2017
The Sorting Office Business Mentor Debbie Gent made an appearance on BBC Radio Solent on 28 May. In the 15 minute segment, Debbie spoke to BBC Radio Solent's Nick Girdler about The Sorting Office studios, as well as giving an analysis of current affairs articles with a focus on the high street and the creative sector. You can listen to the full segment below: ...Read More
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 Apr 28, 2017
The Sorting Office will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of June for its annual Summer Open Studios event.  The weekend is a chance for visitors to browse the vibrant studio spaces and buy an exquisite array of wares, expertly hand-crafted by local designer-makers. The studios’ 17 resident designer-makers will be on hand to welcome visitors, talk about their crafts and show off their work. A selection of local artists and makers will ...Read More
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 Apr 28, 2017
Illustrator Steinar Lund joined The Sorting Office studios at the beginning of April, renting a studio space for a month in order to re-touch some of his old artworks. Steinar is a professional Illustrator and photographer, as well as a musician and cinematographer who works with a wide array of different media to produce works ranging from fantasy & gothic art through to realistic pieces, images of food, retro video game covers and much more (we'd recommend visiting Steinar's we...Read More
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 Apr 25, 2017
Helen McArdle Historical Costumier and Firecrest Mode are both involved with Winchester Fashion Week's Fashion Fair this Saturday (29th April) Helen will be giving a talk entitled The Empire Line Strikes Back, alongside alongside Karen Fitzsimmons of Startdust Years Vintage Fashion. The duo will be taking a look at the Empire Line Dress through the periods, from Jane Austen's regency all the way up to the 1960's. Fashion Designer Emily Burns, Owner of small women's clothin...Read More
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 Apr 11, 2017
With Spring comes that invigorating vibe of a year just getting into it's stride, and the feeling that it's time to inject a bit of energy into our surroundings. Here at The Sorting Office we've picked out a few items, hand-crafted by our artists, to help carry that vibrancy into your home and wardrobe. Left to Right: Handprinted Cushion by Claire Vine Home/ Plumbago Pleated T-shirt and Geranium Skirt by Firecrest Mode/ Large Spring G...Read More
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 Mar 16, 2017
Fashion Designer-maker Emily Burns, owner of small clothing business Firecrest Mode, has been picked to display her work at Selvedge Spring Fair in Bath. Emily, who creates sustainable women’s clothing from her studio at The Sorting Office in Eastleigh, successfully applied in January to exhibit her work alongside a curated selection of 40 other designers, makers and vendors. On being given the opportunity to display at the Fair, Emily said: “It’s the biggest fair I’l...Read More
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 Feb 16, 2017
Illustrator Iris Hill has been commissioned to create a painterly logo for a women's health and wellbeing company.  Speaking about her design, Iris said: 'Im passionate about watercolour, highlighting its unique colour blends and pigment runs. To link in with the companies messaging I am painting florals known for their therapeutic benefits these include echinacia, passionflower and geranium'  Women's Health Reflexology specialises in women's health, wellbeing and r...Read More
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 Feb 15, 2017
More than 50 children took part in a workshop hosted by The Sorting Office's Denise Hughes to create designs for a new mural that will brighten up a graffiti-blighted underpass in Eastleigh. Illustrator Denise worked with the children to create colourful flowers that will be featured in a mural she is designing for a commission by Eastleigh Borough Council. The mural will be used to brighten up a shabby underpass currently covered in graffiti which ...Read More