Cornwall LivingIssue #115
A local craft
Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and skill with Inspire Makers in Falmouth.
Featuring work from over 50 contemporary Cornish, design-led artists and craftspeople, Inspire Makers is home to an eclectic mix of well-established names and emerging talent over a wide range of unique products.
Now into its second year, founder of Inspire Makers, Vicki Glaister, reminisces on her decision to start this business: “During 25 years in high street retail I witnessed first-hand the race to the bottom on price, the rise of the throwaway culture, and the decimation of the high street as we know it. I believe the way back for retail is to focus on local communities, local businesses, and well-made long-lasting goods – mindful and sustainable shopping, if you will.
“I opened my doors in June 2020 in the midst of the Covid pandemic and have been heartened by the change in people’s attitude to spending. It is wonderful to see the connection customers make with locally made, handcrafted products, either through appreciating the workmanship, the story of the artist, or as a memento of Cornwall.”
Alongside a wide collection of high-quality, locally produced jewellery, ceramics, textiles, art, stationery and homewares, Inspire Makers is also home to an exciting workshop programme, inviting all budding artists and makers to begin their own creative journey. With workshops available to book from now until the end of the year, and plans for 2022 already underway, you can choose between a variety of half-day taster or full day sessions, and as most of the classes require no previous experience you can feel confident in trying a new hobby under the guiding hand of an expert.
“Autumn is a great time to learn a new skill as you can get yourself set up for the colder winter months with an enjoyable indoor activity or perhaps, dare we say, start making your own Christmas gifts,” says Vicki. “With everything from bookbinding and printing to glass fusing and jewellery making, there is bound to be something to spark your interest.”