5th February 2020

We’re delighted to announce that three makers have joined us at our studios in Holborn, as part of our new Make It! Programme.

Make It! offers these three London-based makers, aged 16-25, the space and support to build their own craft-based business. They’ve got their own studio space as well as all-important access to onsite workshops in business basics, one-to-one coaching and are now part of a thriving creative community. Applications were open to makers who were unemployed or underemployed, i.e., working in a job that didn’t use their craft skills.

India Copley studied Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and during that time, spent six months studying at The Swedish
School of Textiles. This is when she fell in love with the ‘exhausting but pleasingly rewarding’ process of tufting. India aims to take tufting and her broader craft skills to the point where she can make a living from commissions and one-off pieces.

Paige Denham is a recent graduate from Loughborough University where she studied printed textiles. It was here that Paige expressed her creativity through bold mark making, underpinned with a graphic and illustrative hand to produce both screen printed and digitally printed designs.
Paige’s style is personal, expressive and often explores her love of culture and travel. Past projects include the exploration of India, African tribes and her home of South East London.

Eva Dennis weaves fashion accessories made from unwanted clothing, second hand materials and vintage fabrics. She trained
as a weaver on her degree in Textile Design at Central St Martins and loves designing her own fabrics using unorthodox materials. Eva aims to create unique, statement pieces that have as little impact on the environment as possible.

This two-year programme, is designed to give makers everything they need to start building a successful craft business. We’ve had 26 makers successfully complete the programme since 2011 and six still have studios at Cockpit today. Find out more about them all here.

Applications will be invited for Make It! 2021 later this year.

Image L-R: Eva Dennis, India Copley, Paige Denham.