Fabrication Crafts York

Coney Street Creative Independent on the move

Coney Street Creative Independent on the move

Fabrication Crafts have been based on the street since November 2018, when they took on a 4 month pop up on the street. Skip forward several years and their lease is finally up on the 31st May

The social enterprise has sold work by and worked with over 100 local artists and makers in the 3 ½ years since opening, creating a vibrant much needed shop on the street.

As well as the retail side they also are behind the Coney Street Heritage Project, which went online last year having been started just before lockdown in Feb 2020. Researching the history of the buildings, who lived in them and what they made and sold, from the 16th-20th century, prior to its commercialisation by bigger brands. Also running heritage skills workshops, thanks to a HLF grant

CEO Dawn Wood says, ‘this has proved to be a really fascinating project looking at how the street developed, you can see a real sense of community, families marrying families and the street fully occupied from top to bottom. As well as the growth of the modern city with many Mayors and Alderman as part of that history. There is still a lot more to do but we’re really pleased that this project is now being used by landlords, YCC and the University to feed into the dialogue around the future of the High St. We’re looking forward to developing it further. We are also planning a street wide event for Heritage Open Week this year, having been unable to for the last 2 years, and will be asking all the properties on the street to join in’

Their plan is to stay on the street and rent a bigger building, which would allow them to take on more local makers and have an independent fashion space. As well as have creative workspaces and a community hub to work with local organisations and display the heritage findings

Notes to editors

About Fabrication Crafts

Fabrication Crafts is a social enterprise set up in 2008 to support local artists and makers with work and retail space and a special interest in heritage crafts. Based in Leeds city centre it also opened a shop in York in November 2018 and sells work by approx 50 local makers in the York shop
follow @FabricationYO1 for this project on Twitter and Fabricationcrafts on Facebook and Instagram with #yorkheritagecrafts

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Dawn Wood at Fabrication Crafts Ltd on info@fabricationcrafts.co.uk

Pictures:

Pic 1: Fabrication Shop On Coney Street

Pic 6 Fabrication Shop On Coney Street Close Up

Pic 2-5: Fabrication’s Shop On Coney Street internal

 

https://shop.fabric-ation.co.uk
www.coneystreetheritageproject.org.uk