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MEET: Lisa of The Create Place by Victoria Baker of www.littlewrenpottery.co.uk


Tucked away in London’s Bethnal Green is the Create Place, a social ‘not for profit’ enterprise bringing artists and craftspeople together to trade ideas and learn new skills. From the traditional knitting and sewing to the more challenging animation and eco- design projects, it’s an eclectic mix of hands-on and ethical crafting.


No matter how inexperienced you might be, there are no restrictions for joining in the fun. It’s the idea of crafting and working together that helps to create a community around The Create Place. It’s entirely run by the generosity of volunteers who give their time assisting workshop leaders and in return, gain new skills. If you’d like to become a volunteer or just want to check what’s happening at The Create Place, you can find


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their website www.thecreateplace. co.uk. UK Handmade caught up with Lisa Margreet Payne, Workshop Co-ordinator of The Create Place, to ask her a few questions about the complexities of running workshops.


How did you go about setting up The Create Place? I inherited the running of Create, taking over the studio management in September 2011. Create was established in April 2011 by Siobhan Watts and Jill Robertson as a project of St. Margaret’s House Settlement charity (www.stmargaretshouse.org. uk). We are a social enterprise with a focus on providing crafts education through our programme of low-cost workshops and events.


We passionately believe that people are empowered by learning how to


do things for themselves and that this feeds into the ‘making’ culture which can be found all over the UK. We have built up a community around Create which shares skills and experience in a wide range of creative pursuits.


As a not-for-profit organisation, all funds go back into the studio to develop new and exciting craft programmes. Every time you come to one of our workshops or buy something from our shop you are helping us to keep sharing the crafty knowledge.


How do you see The Create Place fitting into the community in Bethnal Green? Create is representative of all aspects of the local community, appealing to all ages and genders. We offer


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