After hours of terrarium making, tea appreciation, cocktail mixology, small-space gardening and so much more, Work-Shop – the creative short-courses hub in the Chippendale Creative Precinct – has closed its headquarters there. But it has been only a brief pause for founders Matt Branagan and Chester Garcia who will take on not one, but two new sites for the Work-Shop concept in 2014. There will be a brand new, larger HQ in Redfern with cafe, co-working and makers space – but first to launch is The Makery, a pop-up shop and gallery for local artisans and designers to show and sell their work without the hassle and expense of getting their own store together.
Housed in a large Oxford Street corner shopfront, The Makery has already been filled with the work of 18 ‘makers’. “The City of Sydney approached us to help with the reinvigoration of Oxford Street, and so The Makery was born,” says Branagan. The community of makers is expected to grow to around 30, and their work will be shown in the space on a monthly rotation. For now, though, you can find handmade jewellery by Burton Metal Depository and 32.4, candles by Maison Blanche, T-shirts by Me&You and Mia Tree skincare by artist Sam Mitchell-Fin, made from pure macadamia.
“One of the greatest joys we get out of Work-Shop is connecting people to the delight of making things with their hands and minds, watching them light up at the achievement of something handmade,” Branagan explains. “The Makery will allow us to bridge the disconnect between maker and buyer, opening a direct line of communication to the source.”