FREE ‘Have a Go’ day at designermakers21 | Saturday 24th September

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As part of Norfolk Open Studios, we are holding a FREE ‘Have a Go’ day on Saturday 24th September between 11am and 3pm. Come along and try your hand at a variety of different crafts with our talented members.

Have a go at: Mosaic, Aluminium Sheet Metal Work, Cyanotype Printing, Saori weaving, Clay, Sashiko and Spinning.

No booking required, however at busy times you may be asked to wait before taking part in an activity.

Showcase Exhibition | August – October 2022

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The next Showcase will run throughout August, September and October. We are excited to welcome three local artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21.

Beautfiul prints by Sue Welfare, bold textiles and mixed media pieces by Jo Rolfe, colourful mosaics by Cathy Fiddling.

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


Textile bags by Jo Rolfe

Summer Expo 22 | Upstairs Gallery @designermakers21 11th-27th August

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An exhibition of art by local people, celebrating their talent and creativity.

Featuring a wonderful variety of work including: paintings, prints, illustrations, ceramics, sculpture,
constructed textiles, mixed media.

Visit the exhibition every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm from the 11th to 27th August.


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Norfolk Open Studios | 24th September – 8th October 2022

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designermakers21 will be taking part in Norfolk Open Studios this Autumn, we look forward to welcoming you to the studios!

The studios and galleries will be open as usual every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm, as well as two additional Sunday openings on the 25th September and 2nd October. Members will be working in their studios, and available to answer questions about the processes involved in their work.

Our rolling Showcase Exhibition will be on display upstairs in the main building, and we will be hosting a FREE ‘Have a go Day’ on Saturday 24th September, where members will be demonstrating and offering mini workshop sessions. Check the website and social media for more details over the coming months.

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Elephant in the Room – an exhibition by designermakers21 and friends @ Diss Corn Hall | 2nd – 29th July

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‘Elephant in the Room’- DM21 on tour.

In this eclectic exhibition members and friends interpret the expression “Elephant in the Room” in a variety of craft disciplines and perspectives.

The exhibition will be on display in the Lower Gallery at The Corn Hall in Diss, and open Monday-Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

Wooden Horn with Pyrography detail by David Whatley

Workshops with our Members

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB.

Saori Shed workshop graphic

Please contact the individual members if you are interested in attending a workshop.

Workshops offered in the studios by members –

Printmaking – Annette Rolston & Mike Fenton
Feltmaking – Janine Oxley
Mosaics – Joy Holden
Sewing and upcycling – Marie Mallen
Freestyle Saori weaving – The Saori Shed

Drawing & Painting – Birks Holden
Basic skills with hand tools – David Whatley Ceramics – Kate Welton

Textiles, Cyanotype Printing & Well-Being Workshops – Rachel Wiles

Printmaking – Paul Sharrock

The Upstairs workshop and exhibition space hosts a rotating calendar of events by external practitioners

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.


‘Anima’ – Finding the Magic of Breckland | Extended until Saturday 9th October 2021

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Fay Jones Solo Exhibition

An opportunity to see this wonderful show for an extra week – the exhibition has been extended until Saturday 9th October 2021.

Fay Jones is pleased to present her first solo show, in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21. The exhibition will be open from Thursday 9th September during gallery hours Thurs-Sat 10am to 5pm.

Breckland is a place of long mysteries and small wonders. Ignoring modern boundaries it is a strongly defined landscape that allows for deep thought and contemplation. By keen observation and many exploratory wanderings, the lands wild undercurrents become apparent.

Using the rich natural resources of this stark environment, the many notional fragments are now collected into a whole. Made in wood, bark, chalk and bone, with nods to the ways of earlier times by using experimentally cast bronze, wild plant fibres and natural dyes.”


wood and bark, block printed text and an insect in a field. Images from Fay Jone's Anima exhibition at designermakers21

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