Make Liverpool sits firmly at the heart of the city’s creative and maker scene, where we’ve worked to support artists, makers and small businesses since 2012.
Growing from the Baltic Triangle, where we’ve been based for more than five years, Make encompasses creative space in Elevator Studios – where we run a hub for small businesses and makers to grow and develop projects and ideas – with 18,000 square feet of maker space on Regent Street, amidst the growing cultural cluster of Liverpool’s north docks.
Make is the culmination of six years of research, planning and development from directors Alex Kelly, Kirsten Little and Liam Kelly. We combine, arts, textiles, education and mentoring backgrounds with our own experiences of running a business, to plug gaps in resources and provide support we struggled to find when we were setting up our own business.
In Baltic, the city’s creative and digital cluster, Make supports small businesses and artists with flexible, accessible space in the area’s bustling Elevator Studios. At the North Docks, we’re housed slap bang in the middle of the city’s spiritual engine room, where things have been made and fixed for hundreds of years.
Our two venues are open to members, residents and the public. We’re a place to work from, run workshops, events, and exhibitions; we’re a space for workers, makers, students and tutors; for artist’s talks and creative events; small parties, launches, meetings and exhibitions.
We have a strong sense of our place and pride in our work here in Liverpool. We believe in self-sufficiency and sustainability, and aim to remove barriers to people joining the economy by making things themselves, or starting their own business and becoming self-sufficient.
Make is a place to share skills, make, fix and create; to learn and to teach; to try and tweak. We combine high tech ideas with traditional crafts; experienced hands with new skills. It’s a place to collaborate and create; a magnet for creatives, makers, dreamers and doers. Join us.
Kariki Studio is a unisex, baby and childrens wear line. Run by Susannah Garfit the name Kariki is derived from two Swahili words – Karibu and Rafiki – meaning Welcome and Friend. The latest range uses all organic cotton grown in East Africa and made into clothes at a fair trade factory in Arusha, Tanzania. It is printed here in the UK and sold on Not on the Highstreet, Etsy, local craft fairs and www.karikistudio.com you can find us on Instagram @karikistudio.
A collective of freelancers who bring their own style and perspective to a brief. What if our creatives were carefully selected, assessing portfolios and working styles to determine how suited candidates are to the way we collaborate – no tyrants, no passengers. What if our aim was to deliver beautiful, effective results for our clients and both sides enjoyed the experience? What if we were honest, communicative, encouraging, enthusiastic, inspired, approachable and very proud of our work?
Outloud burst onto the PR scene in 2005 with a desire to deliver campaigns that offered real and tangible results through positive client/consultant working relationships. Their aim is to drive PR and communications forward in line with our client’s aspirations and convey the right messages to the right people. This philosophy means that our clients not only choose to stay with us but recommend us to friends and colleagues, resulting in the bulk of our work coming from referrals – and you can’t get better than that!
Matt Pealing Designs
Matt Pealing is a freelance graphic designer based in Liverpool. His skills set spans fields of design including identity, print and web / digital. He has worked on a wide range of design projects for a variety of clients over the years – everything from brand identities for fashion designers and websites for producers, to illustration for festivals and corporate brochures and brands.
Core Media Productions
Core Media Productions are a creative Video Production Company who operate nationwide. Based in the baltic triangle in Liverpool, their team of talented creatives and production technicians provide clients with a bespoke film service, tailored for their needs. Their service is delivered by maintaining high standards of articulate creative direction.
VIP Puppets is a company, run by Rowan Watts, set up to bring quality puppets and puppeteering to corporate and community events. Rowan is a puppet designer, maker, and puppeteer, specializing in giant puppets for walkabout theatre, festivals, parades, carnivals, and events. VIP Puppets have brought puppets to huge and small events including: Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Bestival, National Museums Liverpool, The Bluecoat Liverpool, Hope Street Feast, and weddings.
Modern Lover is an independent handbag and accessory designer based in Liverpool who has been selling products on Etsy since 2015. Specializing in making unique handmade handbags and accessories, you can find Modern Lover on Facebook @ModernLover77.
Sha La La Vintage
Sha La La Vintage are an independent business selling collectible and signed vintage jewellery on Etsy. Their online shop is full of vintage jewellery dating from the 1930s through to the 1990s.
Muso is a new and unique tool for hosting and finding jam sessions in your city; ran by musicians, for musicians. Unlike other products and ideas, Muso is tailored for musicians and jam nights. As musicians themselves, they know that everybody always wants to be in the right place at the right time. Muso lets you find where to go, no matter where you are and whenever you like for jam nights, from the palm of your hand.
Noctua is a UK store selling bespoke hand made natural crystal and semi-precious stone jewelry. Brittany Kefira is the founder and artist behind the whole operation, and makes all of the jewellery herself. Noctua also run workshops that teach you how to make your own jewellery!
NORTH DOCKS. RESIDENTS
The Beautiful Ideas Co
The Beautiful Ideas Co. is a collective of local entrepreneurs and leaders. Working first in North Liverpool, and now in Birkenhead and Woodside, their coalition of the willing was born out of the Beautiful North, a wide-scale regeneration project that changed attitudes and perceptions of, and in, North Liverpool. Beautiful Ideas Co. are investing in sustainable ideas and innovative projects that have a positive impact in the North.
Chainsaw Communications transforms traditional corporate messaging into compelling and memorable stories that keep audiences engaged. They aim to help clients and friends communicate their stories in a clear, consistent and meaningful way by identifying the critical facts and figures, and crafting effective and memorable presentations that will set you apart from the competition.
Merseyside Ultimate Club (MUC)
Mersey Ultimate is a club that aims to grow and sustain Ultimate frisbee in Merseyside. They run leagues, tournaments, and coaching clinics, as well as train coaches and coordinate with local Clubs & Schools all year round for all players in Merseyside. They aim to provide something for everyone, from the competitive athlete to the social player and newbie. They deliver to 8 year olds in schools, right through to 50+ year olds.
Puppetuity is a small puppetry company offering puppetry solutions from shows and workshops to consultation and puppet making. They provided freelance puppetry all over the country in schools, theatres and festivals whilst providing custom puppet characters for everything from small commercial interests, to film, music videos and large charity events. They even do children’s parties.
Rawhide Custom creates premium leather goods using the finest British veg-tanned leather. Their range includes belts, key lanyards, sunglasses cases and wallets. All items are made entirely by hand using traditional techniques, and can be personalised with embossed initials. Whether crafting merchandise for brands or a unique piece for a memorable gift, the quality of their work is clear to see. Only the best will do.
Their mission is to use technology for social good revolving around their three core values – innovation, participation and collaboration. They offer a range of services, all using technology for social advancement, that include providing creative services for organisations operating in the third, public, education and arts sectors; offering education support to education providers to enhance their teaching and learning practices and supporting other organisations in using technology for social good.
Little Vintage Photography
Little Vintage Photography was founded by Rachel Brewster Wright with the intention to help people embrace the unique, imperfect and beautiful craft of analogue film photography. She runs classes and events, and does wedding photography. Little Vintage Photography also has a hirable, traveling photo-booth-inside-a-caravan named Rosie! Rosie comes complete with a camera obscura and mini-darkroom facilities.
The White Pube
The White Pube is an art criticism website and research project ran by Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad. They publish a new text each week/ mostly exhibition reviews but sometimes baby essays. They also exhibit, curate, run an online, open-access library and a shop.
Pretty Flamingo is a vintage fashion label that encourages the world to dress up, cheer up and “showcase what ya mamma gave ya!” Their aim is to share their passion for style and enable you to flash a little colour and fun into this sometimes dull world.
Lee Booth Art
Lee is a Merseyside artist who has spent most of his life living and working in Liverpool. He likes to use a range different media and has in the past produced multimedia installations. Lee has recently joined Make studios in the Northern Docks of Liverpool and is looking forward to producing a new body of 3-Dimensional work.
Cappa E Spada
Cappa E Spada was founded by Anthony Parry back in 2012, he custom builds, creates and designs a full range of imaged pieces of high-end furniture and wall art using an array of creative methods. All of his work is hand built using the finest of materials-techniques and delivered all across the UK.
Urbanseaprojects sell beautiful handmade & upcycled items from cards to furniture for all occasions. This company is the passion project and creative outlet for it’s founders, so they find it hard to put limits on what they do! As their projects are ever changing, click ‘Read More’ to find out what they’re up to now!
Futurisms Lost Sculpture
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign to re-create Italian Futurist Artist Umberto Boccioni’s lost sculpture, Matt Smith continues to explore the possibilities of digital tools, 3D printing technology and traditional methods of making. This is a personal project inspired by the work of Boccioni, bringing the work from the past so it may be experienced in the present. Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement 1913 (destroyed 1917) was made just before Boccioni’s masterpiece Unique Forms of Continuity in Space 1913 that survived, and can be seen in Tate Modern London and MoMA in New York.
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