26th April 2017
127 Leith Walk, EH6 8NP
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Our amazing team of woodworkers have been busy over the past few weeks repairing, refurbishing, and redecorating second hand pieces of furniture, giving them a new lease of life and saving them from ending up in the landfill.
Here are just a few of the pieces they have rescued and restored so far!
If you fancy trying your hand at restoring or upcycling a piece yourself, become a member of the Remakery and you can hire out our workbench space to work on your own projects. Visit our website for more details on how to become a Member.
Whether you’re looking to save a few pennies, wanting to add that feel good factor to your present buying, or simply want to give something a bit more personal and unique this Christmas, our Alternative Christmas Gift List will provide you with some refreshing ideas.
Book a day out
The memory of a fantastic day out or experience can sometimes be better than any material gift you can buy, and Edinburgh offers some amazing options. Book a day at Escape Hour or Can You Escape? and stretch those brain muscles, get those endorphins flowing and book a climbing course at Alien Rock indoor climbing centre, explore Edinburgh’s hidden underground with The Real Mary Kings Close, take a crash course in Indian cooking at Punjabi Junction, or get your DIY on and book a place on one of our many crafty workshops at the Edinburgh Remakery.
If you’re handy with a whisk, bake some Christmas cakes or cookies. If you’re a grammar geek, write a letter or poem and frame it. If you prefer to express yourself through your art, throw all that emotion into a painting or drawing.
Alternatively, Christmas Jumpers and Christmas Tree Decorations make fantastic gifts – I know we keep harping on about it but, honestly, THEY DO! – and it just so happens you can make your own this Saturday 17th at the Remakery between 2-3:30pm.
Whatever it is, being created by your own two hands makes it infinitely more valuable and interesting than anything you can buy on Amazon!
Fill a jar
Some of the best things in life come in jars – Nutella is just one fine example – and you can DIY your own money-saving gift this year simply by grabbing an empty jar and filling it with goodies. Consider making a Sewing Kit in a jar for that crafty friend, a Brownie Making kit with a recipe attached for the food lover, a Memory Jar filled with photos and mementos for your oldest friend, or cram it full of sweets and treats for, well, anyone!
Shop local, Shop ethical
Get off the high street and support independent brands by shopping locally and ethically. Here are just a few places around Edinburgh that we love!
Last weekend was a busy one at the Edinburgh Remakery, with a whopping three workshops running in Upholstery, Book-Binding, and Rag Rug Wreath Making.
For those of you who haven’t yet made it along, here are some photos from our Upholstery and Book-Binding workshops so you can see what they’re all about!
Upholstery with Victoria Meacham
Book-Binding with Cassandra Barron
2016 has been a lot of hard work but it’s coming to a wonderful end for Remade. We opened the Edinburgh Remakery in 2016, and its mix of repair workshops, repair tutorials, affordable refurbished computers and furniture, and woodwork space is proving a hit with the community. I overheard two recent customers leaving the shop, and one said to the other “Leith is so cool”. We agree.
Our recent win of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award has been a huge boost to the whole team and we’re really grateful for all the support that helped us win. It is a huge validation for the hard work and also for the vision of building a network of repair centres throughout the UK.
We’re running a workshop on this called ‘Inspiring Change’ so if you’re one of the people or groups interested in learning about our business model why not book a place? Tuesday 17 January 1.30-5pm. During this workshop we’ll outline some of the steps you’d need to take to set up a repair social enterprise, or add repair to an existing community enterprise, and there’s plenty of space for questions. This is a good entry-level course if you’re interested in finding out more about our replication programme.
At the same time as all the good news I’m only too painfully aware of the wider context I’m writing this in: a rising tide of fascist discourse that directly threatens tolerant and inclusive communities, public discourse, and critical progress on climate change. It’s possible to fall into despair, cynism, escapism and ‘normalisation’: but we must support each other to resist these paths and not give up. Too much is at stake.
From our experience in Edinburgh we know how much people value coming together as a community, learning new skills, and engaging with a local business that creates jobs and volunteering opportunities whilst respecting our beautiful planet. And we know that employing immigrants doesn’t take jobs, it creates jobs. In our case our wonderful colleagues Sotiris from Greece and Mario from Italy, have helped build our business so we can employ more British people too. It’s a win-win solution.
What’s so tragic about the narrative of hate is it misses the point that we’re ALL individually better off when we care for other beings – human and non-human alike. I hope that expanding Remade can have a positive part to play in helping to strengthen this narrative and be a voice for change in 2017.
Please do stay in touch with us and join up as a member to help us do more and be part of our future.
Sophie and The Remade in Edinburgh team
In our third instalment of our ‘Edinburgh Remakery Introduces…’ segment, we spoke to our fabulous new sewing tutor and expert seamstress, Gillian Drummond.
How did you first get into sewing?
My family were all sewers and knitters and so it was something that was around me as I grew up and….I followed on. I love fabrics and the many different textures and colours but I also like transforming a piece of cloth into something you can wear.
Why do you think sewing is such a great skill to learn?
Sewing is fairly simple once you manage the basics and there is so much you can do once you know how. If you can do simple repairs yourself, you can save a fortune being able to care for your clothes and not keep having to buy new all the time. You can then experiment with different ideas too; whether for clothing or soft furnishings…it is almost limitless.
What are your favourite projects to work on?
I trained in fashion design and pattern cutting; so my first love would be making bespoke items. My second love is showing people how easy it is to learn to sew….and the pride and joy on their faces when students make their first item.
How did you first get involved with Remade?
Originally, I volunteered when Remade was starting out and operated on Friday mornings at South Bridge Resource Centre. I was looking for something different to do which involved sewing and had an idea about passing on the skills and knowledge I have gained over the years. It has been amazing to see how quickly Remade has developed into the organisation it is today.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on some prototypes for tablet cases and laptop bags using donated fabrics; which we hope to sell through the Remakery. As Christmas is so near, I am also involved in some festive workshops and am looking forward to the “Decorate your own Christmas Jumper” workshop this Saturday at the Remakery……should be some interesting and fun results!
What are your other passions and interests?
For relaxation, I love to go for walks either in the countryside or beaches….the East Neuk of Fife is a particular favourite and not too far for a coastal experience. I have also been known to go swimming in the sea in our Scottish summer….foolhardy or brave. Not sure which.
Family and friends are important to me so I spend as much time as I can with them. I believe I am a pretty good cook and I have recently been joined in the kitchen by my teenage son who is progressing nicely….some good dinners but definitely not a baker!
Look out for more Sewing Machine Skills workshops being held in the New Year, and you can book your one-to-one sewing lessons with Gillian today! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Finding that perfect Christmas present can be tough, but lucky for you we’ve got some great offers at the Remakery that’ll help you nail that perfect gift.
If you’re after a completely unique, hand-made gift, join us at the Remakery for our Christmas Open day this Saturday 17th. Try your hand at some Pyrography in our Christmas Tree Decoration workshops from 12-2pm, or upcycle a jumper or cardigan into a festive masterpiece in our Christmas Jumper Decorating workshop from 2-3:30pm.
Spaces can be booked in advance online here or you can try your luck and turn up on the day! Stay for half an hour or the whole afternoon, and enjoy a complimentary mince pie and glass of mulled wine with any workshop.
And if DIY isn’t your thing. The Edinburgh Remakery gift vouchers are redeemable against any workshops, furniture, and IT equipment, and are available in store now. So whether you’re buying for your crafty mum, interior-loving best pal, or computer whizz brother, we’ve got your Christmas shopping sorted.
If we could high five and hug every single one of you who voted for us last month, we would! But it might take us a while to get round everyone, so in the meantime we’re extending our discounted membership offer until the end of the month as a big thank you.
As a member of the Remakery you’ll receive a lovely 10% off the cost of all our workshops, 5% off stock, receive advanced notice of sales and competitions, as well as a free induction to our woodwork studio which means you’re able to hire out workbench space to work on your own upcycle and repair projects from just £4 an hour.
Not only this, you’d also be an official part of the Remakery family, supporting us in our wider campaign to promote zero waste and build an economy based on repair.
We know how costly it can be to rent your own studio or working space in Edinburgh, so we’re offering spaces in our very own Woodwork Studio to hire out on an hourly basis.
For an annual fee of £25, plus an hourly fee starting from just £4, you’ll be able to book workbench space within the studio at a time that suits you, to work on your own DIY, Woodwork, or Upcycling projects.
The annual Membership includes an induction with one of our expert woodwork tutors to walk you through the booking process, introduce you to the space and the equipment available, and run through general health and safety regulations. We have all the latest tools and equipment available to every member, and use is included in the cost of hire.
Workbench space can be booked online, over the phone, and in-store.