SAORI III, An exhibition showcasing work by East Anglian SAORI Weavers | 9th – 30th June 2022

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The third SAORI weaving exhibition at designermakers21 showcasing works by East Anglian SAORI weavers. 

This exhibition shows new work by local SAORI weavers and also works created by the SAORI explorers groups. These have been monthly meetings via zoom and in the studio focusing on varied techniques each month. These groups have enabled weavers from further afield to meet up with other SAORI weavers, learn together and inspire each other.

Visit the exhibition from the 9th – 30th June in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21. Open Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm

SAORI exhibition 9th - 30th June 2022

Showcase Exhibition | May – July 2022

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The next Showcase will run throughout February, March and April. We are excited to welcome three local artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Fehmi Gokes, Susie Bruce and Jo McGregor.

Visit the exhibition from the 5th May during our opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Fehmi Gokes – Mosaic Art Mosaic pictures, mirrors, tables and interior/exterior features made using a variety of materials such as ceramic, glass and wood.

Susie Bruce – Ceramics Hand-built narrative Porcelain tiles.

Jo McGregor – Mixed Media A selection of mixed media pieces, prints and printed textiles.


‘As sick as a Dog/Parrot’ – An exhibition by Molly Jackson & Jay Potrykus | 31st march – 23rd April 2022

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An exhibition by Molly Jackson & Jay Potrykus

‘Illness can be a cord that connects us to animals, of a length which keeps us at an appropriate distance

Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21

Thursday 31st March – Saturday 23rd April

Open Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm

as sick as a dog/parrot exhibition poster 31st march to 23rd April 2022 at designermakers21, Diss

Showcase Exhibition | February – April 2022

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The next Showcase will run throughout February, March and April. We are excited to welcome three local artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Keeley Chapman, Gemma Hill and Becky Whatley.

Visit the exhibition from the 3rd February during our opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Keeley Chapman – Ceramic Sculpture

Handmade clay sculptures, finished using a range of firing techniques including raku, saggar and smoke firing.

Gemma Hill – Photography

Gemma’s photographs often draw inspiration from nature, her dog and horse, and the local countryside. Framed and unframed prints available.

Becky Whatley – Pyrography Painting & Needle Felting

Images from the wild places of the local area, including fens and woodland. The pictures combine oil painting and pyrography, to emphasize the drawing. Needle felted animals in hand dyed colours, will also feature in this exhibition.


St Nicholas Christmas Fayre | Sunday 12th December 10am-4pm

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We will be opening our doors 10am-4pm on the 12th December for the St Nicholas Christmas Fayre. Come along and explore the the studios, galleries and exhibitions. Mulled wine and mince pies available!

The magic starts in St Nicholas Street, Market Hill, Mount Street, Cobbs Yard and Norfolk House Yard. Christmas in the heart of the heritage Triangle.

Come along, and welcome in the festive season with a day of entertainment, great shopping, special offers and Christmas treats! Traders, shopkeepers and cafes will hold a special Christmas Fayre right in the heart of Diss.

St Nicholas Fayre Graphic

Showcase Exhibition | November 2021 – January 2022

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The next showcase will run throughout November, December and January. We are excited to welcome three local makers to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Rob Rutterford, Danielle Wade (Polly’s Textiles) and Sarah Burt.

Rob Rutterford – Ceramics

Potting and teaching in East Anglia for 30years creating large stoneware outdoor sculptural single fired  forms and smaller raku pieces. Inspiration grows from gardens, the natural world, historical reference, the local coast and friends. I have been involved with the Halesworth Gallery and Association of Suffolk Art Teachers over many years and exhibited widely home and abroad.

Danielle Wade (Polly’s Textiles) – Textiles Hand dyed and printed fabrics, designs produced from original artwork and constructed by hand into an assortment of products such as aprons, bags, cushions and purses. Processes include hand dyeing natural fabrics, screen printing with standard and specialist inks, and embroidery.

Sarah Burt – Needle Felting Contemporary Textile Art, originals, prints, greetings cards and handcrafted corsages made from British-milled wool. The artwork is made by a form of dry needle-felting, based on fine art principle.


Norfolk Open Studios 2021- Craft Taster & Demonstration Day | Saturday 9th October 11am-3pm

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As part of Norfolk Open Studios 2021, designermakers21 is hosting a FREE drop-in Craft Taster Day. Come along between 11am-3pm, and try your hand at printmaking, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics and Saori weaving with our members. Our resident jeweller Kate Heath will also be demonstrating Silversmithing techniques in her studio throughout the day.

No booking required, however, if taster sessions become busy, you may be asked to wait before having a go.

While you wait there is plenty to explore; including two exhibitions, our galleries and eleven working studios.


Inspired by 30 x 30 – Last Chance to See!

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‘Inspired by 30×30’ exhibition in the Upper Gallery at Diss Corn Hall ends on Saturday 14th August. The exhibition is FREE to visit, and is open Mon-Sat 10am to 3pm.

designermakers21 and friends take inspiration from the theme ’30×30′ and interpret it freely to accommodate a range of 2D and 3D work across disciplines.

Artists’ work includes constructed and applied textiles, print, design, sculpture, jewellery, mosaic, stained glass and ceramics.

Hand-dyed Saori woven fabric with 30 Moons by Kim Morgan
Hand-Dyed Saori Weaving – Kim Morgan
Mixed media paintings on glass slides by Janine Oxley
Mixed Medium on Glass Slides – Janine Oxley
handprinted lampshade with moth design by Mike Fenton
Hand-Painted Lampshade – Mike Fenton