A day spent at Makespace Oxford

We’re settling in nicely over here at Makespace Oxford. So what does a day here look like? Well…

The larks enjoy the rich smell of New Ground roasting test batches of coffee whilst the night owls tinker in the East Oxford Fabricators ‘Hackspace’. Brides-to-be come and go, their dresses fitted by the expert hands of Oxford Alterations and donations of ‘things’ are rolling in for the Share Oxford Library of Things borrowing shop, which will be opening their doors to members soon. Next door, the Young Women’s Music Project’s space is blossoming as the young women make over the music studio themselves.

On Monday evenings the doors of Sabali Pots open to Makespace residents where there are also public classes and ‘throwing’ enthusiasts can now sign up for membership to the community pottery studio. The work of residents Lisa Made ItNorSiobhan CooneyEncosianima and Cassandra Sabo is beginning to adorn the walls and you can catch snippets of sound as Kinsgsley and theInspire Sounds collective beaver away in their recording studio making music.

Events bring a steady stream of people through our doors. We were honoured to host the Oxford Green Week VIP launch, The Community Action Groups (CAG) – Oxfordshire hosted a food waste volunteer training workshop andMonchu ran a tea tasting session. Oxford Recovery College taught us how to make pine cone peanut butter bird feeders over one lunch time, Solidarity Economy Association hosted a workshop on the growing co-operative economy in Rojava, Northern Syria and Transition by Design ran an ‘ask the expert’ event on sustainable architecture and green building.

Visitors can also drop into the Homemaker Oxford exhibition in partnership with Interior Architecture students from Oxford Brookes to explore the potential for using empty and underused space to house people without a home.

 Blossoming out of our regular community meetings we’ve now got plans for skill share workshops, lunch clubs and craftivism.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of then why not snap up one of our last few remaining hot-desking memberships?