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 May 03, 2017
  There's just a few stalls left for this year's Makers Fair at The Sorting Office Summer Open Studios, to be held over the weekend of 17th - 18th June.   Open Studios is when we welcome the public to take a look around the studios, meet the artists and shop for locally made products and gifts. Since it's inception in 2013, the event has seen a steady increases in attendance each year.   We also host a VIP evening on the 16th of June, which is a great c...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
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 Feb 01, 2017
Hampshire-based illustrator Denise Hughes has been commissioned by Eastleigh Borough Council to design a tiled mural for an underpass in Fleming Park that is blighted by graffiti. The underpass is a busy pedestrian and cycle route which runs under the M3 and links Velmore to the Nightingale School, Aviary estate and Fleming Park, including the Leisure Centre and the Pavilion on the Park. The makeover project is being supported by Eastleigh Local Area Committee and First Wess...Read More
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 Jan 19, 2017
Designer-Maker Emily Burns set up her small clothing business, Firecrest Mode, in 2016 from her studio space at The Sorting Office in Eastleigh. Named after the tiny bird that comes to Hampshire in early Spring, the brand focuses on sustainable womenswear. Emily’s love of sewing started at four years of age when she learnt how to sew a running stitch at primary school. Both of her Grandmothers enjoyed embroidery and tapestry making and so naturally Emily was drawn t...Read More