A creative future for Huddersfield

A creative future for Huddersfield

A group of Huddersfield artists, crafts people and creative businesses are joining forces to ensure the town's tradition of highly skilled crafts, industry and innovation is kept intact.

Together, the collective have launched a "maker space" in the town centre – a shared workspace where individuals and start-ups can work side by side, share their knowledge and collaborate to produce new ideas.

The new initiative, called The Making Space, is housed at The Media Centre, and as well as a workspace, it will have shared equipment such as a 3D printer, Arduino mini-computers, sewing machines and a laser cutter that members can use to build and test prototypes of their ideas and put small projects into production.

Amy Hirst, a Huddersfield artist and one of the founder members of The Making Space, said: "Huddersfield is a town built on making, and it has an amazing range of skilled people from all sorts of backgrounds that can contribute to its future.

"For example, people might think that textiles is a traditional industry, but actually it's always been high tech.

"The invention of computers was based on the punch cards used in weaving, and these days textile designers in Huddersfield are working with scientists to explore nano-scale new materials.

"The Making Space will encourage these kinds of collaborations so that new innovations can happen."

The new initiative has already won the support of cllr Julie Stewart-Turner, whose ward covers the town centre.

Julie said: “It is always a pleasure to see what wonderful things people can make happen when they work positively together.

“I’m excited to see what will come from this new venture. It provides a great opportunity for many people to be inspired and to develop their ideas. I wish them lots of success.”

Three of the founder members of The Making Space are graduates of the University of Huddersfield's textile department, and the resources the space offers will also be a stepping stone to support students who want to live and work in the town.

"Lots of people like me come to Huddersfield to study and then want to stay and start their own business" said Kim Searle, one of the graduates.

"The Making Space will be an easy way for those people to connect to the creative community in Huddersfield.

"It's a grass roots organisation made up of people who live and work here, so we always know what is going on in the town."