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 Jun 08, 2016
The Maker's Fayre The Maker's Fayre at The Sorting Office's Bi-annual Open Studios event is an amazing opportunity to buy an eclectic mix of pieces from local artists. Set up in The Sorting Office's spacious Production House, the Maker's Fayre hosts a number of stalls which are rented to local artisans. Read on to find out more about the confirmed artists:   Kim Styles Jewellery Kim Styles creates intricate hand crafted sterling silver and gold jewellery, brid...Read More
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 May 19, 2016
The Sorting Office designer-maker studios in Eastleigh will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of June for its Summer Open Studios event. The bi-annual event gives members of the public the chance to see what goes on behind the vibrant creative hub’s doors, where they can meet and chat with the 16 resident designer-makers, watch them work, and browse and buy a wide variety of exquisite hand-crafted products and designs. A Maker’s F...Read More
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 May 19, 2016
  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....Read More
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 May 17, 2016
  Fashion Designer - Maker Emily Burns has just moved into a studio at The Sorting Office. Emily is the owner of a small clothing business called Firecrest, which makes women's wear largely utilising natural fair trade and organic fabrics.   ...Read More
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 May 17, 2016
The Sorting Office welcomes a new jeweller, Cathy McCarthy, into it's folds. Cathy is a skilled jeweller and member of the Association for Contemporary Jewellers, who has joined the set of 16 designer maker studios in order to have the space to expand her business and be around like-minded creators.   ...Read More
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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