It’s our birthday, 9 years ago today we got the keys for the hovel which was our original workshop space & HQ ready to help micro crafts biz in Leeds with textile, jewellery & leatherworking space & equipment, Who’d have thought we’d still be here and running Leeds largest multi indie department store & seen our set up duplicated by others In that time we’ve helped over 300 people with retail space, both before & since we came to The Light, as well as dozens of folks taking advantage of our workspace & mentoring. It’s been a privilege to see them all grow & developRead More →

New artists, designers and makers at Fabrication Leeds As usual the first part of the year has been a busy one in terms of new sellers joining us in store. We know it can be hard to keep track of new additions, so we thought we’d introduce a few of them here:   Yorkshire More Yorkshire More is a social enterprise based in Leeds, making jams and chutneys in support of mental health.  We do this by engaging volunteers, many of whom are affected directly or indirectly by mental health difficulties, in the making, labelling and selling of the jams and chutneys. There have beenRead More →

It’s one of those Day’s which can feel like a bit of a challenge – how do you come up with something for the father figure in your life which will make him smile but not break the bank? Luckily our sellers have been hard at work to come up with some solutions for you… If you’re after a card, why not take a look at some of these from these retro cards from original photos by Richard Heald: For the food lover, then we have these cute biscuits in store from Bloom Bakers which can even be personalised with your own message (price fromRead More →

Summer is the time to think about introducing some new homes for wildlife into your garden. With loss of habitats as we build on more city fringes and farmers work the land more intensively gardens have become a vital space for wildlife. However the modern garden can be too tidy and lacks the fallen logs and hollow trees of the old wildwood.  It is also fantastic to see wildlife and by providing them with a “home” you can enjoy watching their comings and goings. Hollybush Woodworkers, selling through Fabrication in Leeds Light, offer a range of wildlife homes including barrel topped hedgehog shelters, sparrow terraces,Read More →

Regular visitors to the shop may remember the arrival towards the end of last year of a small bunny, lost by their owner. After living on our counter for a while in the hope of a reunion Little Lost Bunny decided to put their time to good use and head out to work as an apprentice with some of the craftspeople who sell their work through the shop. His adventures will continue throughout the year, but here is a round-up of where he’s been so far… He started off with ELM photography, learning about photographer’s obsession with the light and how to use props forRead More →

Well, it has felt like an eternity since the fire that destroyed the Fabrication workshop over a year ago, but we’re very pleased to say that Fabrication2 has now launched and is open for business! So what is it?! Spread over 2 floors the workshop contains a textile floor, jewellery/metalwork/leatherwork/woodwork floor and a commercial kitchen. The fully equipped space is available to rent either full time or on a adhoc basis including machines, industrial iron, cutting tables, buttonholer, jewellery benches, commercial kitchen etc. (open late one night a week) We also have room for fittings, railing up, photography etc from £5ph for adhoc use Run byRead More →

If you’ve not been in the shop in the last couple of months then you’re in for a treat with some of our newest sellers. Just when you think we stock everything you might need we go and add a few more… Simone Crossland Contemporary Artist Simone Crossland is renowned for her colourful floral canvases in an impressionistic style. Simone has extended her art into beautiful, bold and vibrant handmade coasters and clocks that are sure to create a stunning focal point and bring joy to your home or office. Silver and Stone Jewellery Design I’m Helen Drye, I design and make silver jewellery usingRead More →

This is the time of year when you start to think in earnest about changing over to your warmer weather wardrobe. If you’re anything like me, as you pull out the old summer favourites you can’t help but long for some new things to add in to the mix, and if that’s the case then our talented designers have produced some beautiful pieces that will help you refresh your wardrobe: The long awaited collection from Ages of Elegance is inspired by 1930’s cruise outfits, and includes the following… Fitted cotton Chinese style dress with button front and low back, available in a variety of coloursRead More →

It’s Spring Cleaning season, and what better way to refresh the look of your house than with some new artwork? Changing a few of the pieces that are hanging on your walls can really change the look of a room without all of the upheaval of decorating. Or, if you’ve already decorated, a well chosen picture can complete your room’s new look. We have a range of artists’ work in the shop, with prices to suit all budgets, a selection of which are featured below. Anna Urban, the talent behind Mesmerize Garden by Anna Urban, has recently finished this glorious large acrylic painting featuring aRead More →

Easter doesn’t have to be all about the chocolate (although if you get down to the shop quickly we have some beautiful easter chocs to tempt you!), we also have some beautiful items if you’re looking to decorate your home.Sara Gartside Designs has made some spring themed additions to her range of handpainted, jewel embellished, heart shaped keepsakes. Sizes start at 5cm wide for £6.50. Or cheer up your breakfast time with these cute little egg-warmers… If you like to give Easter cards, then these handmade cards by Emma Manners should go down well (£2.75 each) And if you’re looking for the perfect gift, howRead More →