Updated: Feb 11
Wow, I can hardly believe it was one year ago today that we launched The Studio! And what a year it has been...
Where it all began
For those of you who don't know, our wonderful creative space kind of happened by accident! You see, when we first took on 11 St Peter's Street in January last year (2019) it was because we needed a larger base for Pom Pom Studio, my full on, time consuming, crazy business in which me and my team make bespoke props and decorations for retail displays across the UK and worldwide. Just by chance we had the opportunity to use the building to store some oversized wreaths we were working on (don't ask) and as soon as we stepped inside that was it! Don't get me wrong, it wasn't pretty (dark, damp with no natural light having entered the building for over a decade), but it wasn't hard to see the potential. We were fortunate enough to be able to take over the tenancy and got to work refurbishing this gorgeous period property.
We settled in quite nicely, working from upstairs, but only really using downstairs when it got super busy - it quite quickly became apparent that the ground floor was empty much of the time and it seemed such a shame. It is the most incredible room and has such a lovely feel to it (something I would come to hear many times throughout the year as new people came through the doors). It was at then we decided to hire out the space to other creatives to use for workshops and events, thus The Studio was born.
So many workshops
Exactly one year in and it has surpassed all expectations. There have been so many incredible workshops but what we've also loved is the diversity of events in the space. No longer just creative/craft workshops, The Studio has proved popular for corporate team building and even health care training events.
Here's just some of the amazing activities from the past year -
After school art club (Tuesday's)
Cocktails & clutches
Origami and paper flowers
Instagram for Business courses
“It's such a lovely space and the courses you offer are fab!”
“Congratulations on your 1st year. You have created something very special”
So much more than just a 'business'
We often have people comment that our hire fees are so reasonable or the workshops affordable. Quite simply, it’s because the studio is far more than just a ‘business’ and to us isn't about making huge profits (although we need to cover our overheads)... it’s about creating a space where people can come together and have fun in a relaxed, creative environment.
Things to come
So, what have we got planned for this year? The great news is.... LOADS! The events diary is filling up as we welcome lots of new tutors to The Studio in 2020. As well as many courses from last year we have weekly and monthly craft classes, thermofax screen printing, macrame, abstract art, leather jewellery, encaustic art, silver clay jewellery and so much more. Why not take a look at our 'What's On' page for all upcoming workshops and events and do check back as these are being updated regularly.
A huge thank you
I feel truly blessed to have welcomed so many creatives through our doors and look forward to welcoming many more in the future. Thank you to everyone who has supported us on this amazing, quite unexpected, journey.