Inspire Makers is for the creatively curious, celebrates the handmade, and encourages well-being and community through making.
Located towards the top of historic Falmouth High Street, opposite a glorious view to the river down Barracks Ope, Inspire Makers is a new creative space showcasing the talent of over 40 Cornish design-led craftspeople. There is a wide range of affordable work from both well-known and emerging artists and makers, across jewellery, ceramics, textiles, wall art, stationery, and homewares. The Grade II listed building also houses a dedicated workshop space which offers a programme of classes to inspire people to take up making themselves, and my jewellery and glass studio.
Opening in June 2020, Inspire Makers is the long held dream turned reality for a frustrated creative who tried (and failed!) to side-hustle jewellery making alongside a full-time career in retail buying. After a few years living part-time in Falmouth, Inspire Makers came about quickly when an ideal property came up for sale on the Old High Street just when I was starting to ponder my next career move. Taking a leap of faith, I bought the building, left my job and then worked out what to do! In truth though, the seeds of the plan have always been in the back of my mind.
I can thank my grandmother for sparking my lifelong love of art, craft and design after she gave me my first sewing machine at the age of six. This was the start of an incredible journey of creative discovery, both personally and professionally. I have tried my hand at pretty much every 3D craft (I cannot draw or paint!) and love exploring the process, skills and techniques behind making.
I believe passionately that the regeneration of the high street is dependent on the resurgence of independent businesses, offering quality products & experiences, and encouraging community. Through Inspire Makers, I want to share the story of makers, encourage exploration of the artistic process, and spread the joy of creating.