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 →

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 →

Hand made soaps and bathbombs all individually made by Anne Using only the best ingredients. Anne’s soaps are bathbombs are free from SLS, never tested on animals and are suitable for vegetarians. New products for Christmas include cupcake soaps. Check out Anne’s range at Fabrication,  Leeds.Read More →

Bob Haslam Photography Bob Haslam is a landscape photographer living in Leeds.   He primarily takes pictures in Yorkshire where he grew up, finding an endless source of inspiration here. He attempts to convey in his work a timelessness and a feeling of solitude.Read More →

Shelley Lodge graduated from Huddersfield University in 2012 with a first class honours degree in Art and Design.  During her degree she specialised in enamelling and now makes a wide range of contemporary enamelled items including, jewellery (pendants, cuffs, earrings, bracelets, brooches) as well as wall art, miniature abstract landscapes, accessories and decorations.  The enamelling process involves fusing glass to copper in a kiln at around 900 degrees; due to the nature of this process, all items are unique, as well as 100% handcrafted. Although the art of enamelling is thousands of years old, Shelley aims to be innovative in her approach to enamelling, creatingRead More →

The Seasonal Larder grow local – preserve local – think global We produce handmade preserves inspired by and made from  local  &  seasonal  fruits,  vegetables,  flowers  and herbs, Our range varies throughout the year but includes:  Cordials & Syrups Jellies & Jams Relishes Fruit Sauces Fruit Ketchups & Savoury Sauces Dried Fruits The  main  ingredients  for  all  our  products  are  always grown within 50 miles of our base in LS25. We get our fruit,  vegetables,  herbs  &  flowers  from  a  mix  of commercial growers, wild food and swapping with people who have grown more in their garden or allotment than they can use. We takeRead More →

Art Matters is the new social enterprise run through People Matters, and funded by Leeds City Council. It consists of two groups of eight artists, who meet on a weekly basis to learn new techniques, develop business skills, express their personal style and ideas, and be part of a thriving creative environment. We had an event in October to launch our new enterprise, which was a part of the Love Arts 2012 festival. We also exhibited our artwork in the Light shopping centre for the festival, which gave us the opportunity to network with likeminded individuals and groups. Since October 2012, Art Matters have beenRead More →

Hi, we are Pauline and Chris, two friends who both enjoy beading. We both have different styles and tastes, which we have found complement each other. We also both believe that a girl can never have too many beads. As each bead is hand stitched, making the jewellery take time to evolve, we made a decision to use top quality Japanese beads, Swarovski crystals and pearls, together with semi precious stones wherever possible. Where fastenings are used, they are made from sterling silver or filled gold. Our jewellery is intended to be affordable, as well as something special to wear, that is hand made andRead More →

A report commissioned by Leeds City Council and Leeds Metropolitan University has praised Fabrication as “a model that could be used to grow the [independent] sector”“Rising costs, fierce competition and growth of internet sales have taken a heavy toll on the UK high street, with independent retailers coming under increasing pressure. The report, launched on 25th April, calls for more support for independent businesses in the city“There’s a real need for traditional business support in the form of mentoring and financial advice, together with more sector-specific support with things like merchandising, customer service and in-store promotion.”Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for developmentRead More →

If you have been following us on Facebook or Twitter you might have been a bit confused about whether the shop was staying open or not. Don’t worry, so were we!!Fabrication is currently based in The Light in Leeds. This was for a six month contract. Negotiations to stay on took us right up to the wire, we were ready to pack up and hire a van. But don’t worry, Fabrication is still in business in The Light. The outpouring of support on Twitter when it looked like we might have to close was very heartening, it really showed that Leeds has an appetite forRead More →