The Makers’ Hub was borne from a desire to help make Canberra a more creative place to be, to offer a place where local designers, artists and crafters could come and be inspired, be free to create without the space restraints of their home, learn new skills in various forms of making and have access to a range of specialised equipment.
In March 2014, I opened The Makers’ Hub in Macquarie, boasting a beautiful, bright studio space filled with gorgeous inspiration and loads of making supplies. I ran a successful crowd-funding campaign upon opening and raised just over $7000 to help purchase specialist equipment (a brand new Kiln and Adana Letterpress) to add to the existing equipment and resources.
The Hub predominately offered workshops for various crafts and art activities, along with graphic design, business and photography for the first 18 months, and was very successful. The feedback from the community was amazing, and over time we saw many other great business in Canberra adding workshops to their schedules, which has added to the existing creative workshops available in the ACT, and Canberra now has a well-rounded a robust schedule of creative events, where participants can come and learn a new skill. You can see a list of various creative instructors and organisations offering workshops on our current Create in Canberra page.
With the proliferation of creative experiences now available in the Canberra region, the demand for regular workshops at The Makers’ Hub was not as high, and after some time off during May to August of 2015 to have my second baby, the focus of The Makers’ Hub went in a new direction. Still pushing my “everyone should be making stuff everyday” agenda, I started offering creative party solutions for adults (birthdays, hens parties, baby showers) and kids on weekends. This was a great way to continue teaching craft, whilst also balancing life at home with my new baby during the week.
Now in 2016, the time has come to return to the true intention of The Makers’ Hub: to encourage making, creative thinking, and learning new skills, in an inspirational and motivational space. In June 2016 The Makers’ Hub will be moving to a new premises, with details to be confirmed very soon.