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.

The Art of Miniature Sculpture

In April IOU artist in residence Georgia D’Silva led a workshop delving into the art of miniature sculpting.
20 participants discovered the world of miniature dioramas as they designed and crafted three individual miniature sculptures, contributing to a collaborative artwork using the tools and techniques of sculpting with polymer clay and cardboard.

The two hour session was themed around the concept of Banquet. Georgia provided a model dining table and guided everyone step by step through the process of designing and creating their own culinary dishes and chairs to dress the table ready for a feast.

At the end of the session, everyone was invited to assemble their dishes and pull up their chairs to the banquet table to form the final collective artwork.

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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