Making It

IOU’s monthly Making It taster sessions are an opportunity for artists, creatives and makers to come together to experiment, exchange ideas, network and skills sharing opportunities

About Making It

Making It sessions include everything from clock-making and welding, writing and choreography, to verbatim theatre and life drawing. The sessions are an opportunity to explore a wide range of skills and techniques from a broad sweep of artists and crafts-people working in the region. 

Funding Award

IOU is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from Calderdale Cares Partnership to provide FREE spaces for Calderdale residents and freelance artists on our monthly Making It creative taster workshops.

Funding has been awarded to help support young people, freelance creatives and those dealing with the cost of living crisis, to succeed in the arts and creative industries in Calderdale with opportunities to come together for exchange of ideas, networking and skills sharing opportunities at IOU Studio.

Our Spring Programme launches January 2024

6th December saw an enthusiastic group of participants getting creative and collaborative at the IOU Creation Centre for our annual Festive Workshop

This year’s workshop ‘Wonky Stars’ , led by STTA artist Sue Walpole  saw us making geometric illuminated stars from willow – stunning decorations to take home

Geometric stars with pink lighting
geometric star
women making stars shapes from willow . All wearing wooly hats

Some of our previous Making It workshops

'Taking part in the workshop was an adventure into a creative world I hadn't taken part in before. Learning new skills and being around so many creative people was a breath of fresh air to me'


Festive Making It December 2022

The annual IOU Festive Making It kick starts Christmas. Each year the workshop is an alternative take on the traditional – from seasonal wreaths made from bicycle wheels to paper lanterns and mechanical decorations

This year 30 enthusiastic makers joined us to craft plastic bottles into festive lights and decorations

Led by IOU Assistant Producer and artist Rachel Rea, everyone got creative with plastic to form shapes and add colour.  Then finished off by adding battery operated lights to make garlands or decorations that they could use at home outside or on their tree.

Rachel is a practicing artist working with Immortal Bloom to make light infused craft works that reuse and repurpose materials, particularly plastics, at the end of their life in ways that ensure another use.  Their aim is to promote ‘circularity’; the principle that there is no waste, through sharing knowledge and nurturing creative ways to using pre-existent material and technologies.

Sessions In Action

Making It- Relief Printing

Interested in taking part in a making it session?

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