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 Apr 19, 2016
Over 40 local creatives and interested parties attended The Sorting Office on Thursday April 7th for our Meet the Makers event, and an introduction to our exciting new Sorting Office Associate Package (SOAP). Visitors to the event first browsed resident artist's studio spaces, getting an insight into the lives of the creative professionals that work there, before being seated for talks in the Production House studio for an introduction to SOAP and talks from our designer-makers on the p...Read More
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 Apr 19, 2016
  One of Marwell Zoo’s highly anticipated Zany Zebras is being designed right in the middle of Eastleigh, in the town’s vibrant designer-maker studios. Illustrator Denise Hughes has been working on the zebra for the past few weeks in her studio at The Sorting Office, which is located on Wells Road in Eastleigh. Denise, whose playful designs have included children’s books, greetings cards and canvas prints, is one of 19 artists chosen to design the Zany Zebras. ...Read More
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 Mar 23, 2016
Keum-Boo is a means by which gold foil is permanently attached to fine silver, through use of heat and pressure. The technique dates back to ancient Korea, although historic evidence of similar gilding methods used to apply gold to copper, steel and iron has been found across ancient civilizations, from Chinese and Japanese culture to those of ancient Greece and Rome. Sorting Office resident jewellery designer and maker Joanne Tinley is well versed in Keum-Boo, and uses it to create sil...Read More
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 Mar 15, 2016
Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, The Sorting Office studios is beginning a new programme, which will provide valuable support to local artists outside of its existing community of resident artists. The Sorting Office Associate Programme (SOAP) will see the bustling studios on Wells Road share its expertise and extend its support to artists and designer-makers in the region. The programme will grow a wider artistic community in Eastleigh and its surround...Read More
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 Mar 09, 2016
Miesje Chafer is a textile and screen printing designer maker, she works with a wide range of fabrics, producing bold, colourful designs on commission, as wholesale items. Miesja joined The Sorting Office in January, having moved from Oxford to Southsea just last year. We met up with Miesje at her studio in The Sorting Office, to find out a little bit about her. HU: First off, tell us a bit about yourself! MC: I’m Miesje, I’m a textile designer, screen...Read More
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 Feb 29, 2016
Three artists from The Sorting Office studios have been chosen by Hampshire Cultural Trust to design and produce luxury products inspired by historic items from museums across Hampshire, for a new initiative called the Creative Commercial Collections scheme, in partnership with the National Motor Musem, and supported by Jane Austen House Museum and 'a space' arts.   1. A sample of Karen Head's Pelisse coat-inspired nuno wool and crochet scarf At the end of last year...Read More
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 Feb 17, 2016
Eastleigh’s thriving designer-maker studios The Sorting Office has received almost £48,000 from Arts Council England to invest in its resident artists.   1. Fine artist Junko O'Neill presents her work to visitors at The Sorting Office (Photo credit: Harry Usborne) The grant will be used to develop the practise and businesses of the 16 artists who are based at the studios in Wells Road, Eastleigh, as well as to support the growing artistic community in and around the b...Read More
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 Feb 11, 2016
Thinking big is easier said than done. For all those involved in the creative industries around Eastleigh Borough, a suitable space in which to build large sets, organise photoshoots or host conferences can be hard to come by. The Production House, attached to The Sorting Office on Wells Road, is the perfect answer.   1: The Production House being used to make a ballet shoe display for the Point’s new café/bar To a passer-by, the inside of the unassuming building that...Read More
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 Feb 11, 2016
A daily routine is out of the question for The Sorting Office Studio Manager Ria Loveridge, as every working day for her is completely different from the last. From organising a studio event to fixing a broken down internet connection, it’s fair to say that variety is part of the job. The Sorting Office is a unique studio home to 16 designer-makers based in the heart of Eastleigh. It was transformed in 2013 from an old postal sorting office by Eastleigh Borough Council, with support f...Read More
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 Jan 06, 2016
MOULOU is an interior design business founded by Mother-daughter combination Mia and Lara Taylor. Between them, they create, renovate and up-cycle beautifully rustic pieces of furniture, cushions, and other miscellaneous objects. Mia is largely responsible for the more nimble elements of the pair’s collection, working to create craft and textile pieces with her sewing machine, whilst   Lara takes care of much of the DIY, and is far more at home with a paintbrush or a screwdriver...Read More