14th May 2020

Cockpit’s community are serving the wider community producing PPE

Cockpit makers have turned their hands to producing much-needed protective kit for local hospitals and healthcare trusts.  Many are also making non-medical face coverings for the public. Here’s a few examples of what they’re up to.

Clara Breen has recruited an army of Cockpit makers to join an initiative to sew scrubs and masks for their local primary care units. 18 stitchers and helpers are on board including Cockpit makers Helen Johannessen, Karen Henrikson, Amanda Ross, Aimee Furnival, Yusuf Osman and Jesse Noy. They are on track to produce over 120 long sleeve gowns which will benefit two primary care facilities.

Weaver Eva Dennis, a participant on the Cockpit Arts Make It programme, is taking part in Central Saint Martins’ CSM 💙 NHS project, making scrubs from sheets.  Meanwhile, over at Kensington and Chelsea college, knitter Bryony Phipps Wardle has been sewing protective gowns for the Royal Brompton hospital in Chelsea, as part of a group set up by the hospital trust and the Fashion School. 50 volunteers are currently making between 500-600 gowns per day.

Rentaro Nishimura is redeploying his jewellery-making skills and 3D printing visor headbands for frontline NHS staff working with the National 3D Printing Society.

Other Cockpit makers pitching in and producing kit include bespoke tailor Jennie Adamson, ceramic designer Annette Bugansky, tufter India Copley, milliner Lily Pouzet, leatherworker Joost Pasman and knitter Alicia Robinson .

We learnt from our friends at the Institute of Making that, according to UCL research, if everyone in the UK wore one disposable mask each day for a year, it would create 66,000 tonnes of contaminated plastic waste. So please do consider purchasing a re-usable mask from one of our Cockpit makers. You’ll have something planet-friendly and beautifully made – and be supporting a talented maker too.  What’s not to like?

For small, independent businesses, lockdown restrictions are biting hard. We’ve been going all out to enable makers to stay buoyant, from accessing Government support to reimagining future ways of working.  As a social enterprise, supporting talent to thrive, even in the toughest of times, is what we’re all about. A donation from you would support talent in greatest need.