About Crafters & Makers

I am Jane Gordon.  I have set up the Crafters and Makers Studio.  It is a space where I make and teach.

I have always been a maker.  In 1998 I completed my degree in 3D Furniture and Product Design, with a BA (Hons) 2:1

I went straight into the world of Costume and Prop making and worked on West End Shows, Film and carnival, and still make costumes and props in my studio

But always alongside this, I work as an artist/maker in residence in schools, museums and community settings.  My passion for working with children and in the community has been strong ever since I volunteered at the Mencap play schemes at the age of 11.

Now, in the Crafters and Makers Studio I teach all levels of sewing skills to all ages,  I continue to design and make costumes and I work with schools and children groups whenever I can.

I have a drive to reduce the amount of fabric that is wasted which has seen the introduction of the Fabric Donation Station and I am designing some zero waste pattern designs for dressmaking which I teach in my classes

At Crafters & Makers we want to:

  • Be able to ask and answer the question – ‘How do I make that?’
  • Meet like minded others
  • Value the materials we make from and consider its source
  • Respect the materials that we use and waste as little as possible
  • Up-cycle, re-use and recycle
  • Design and make zero waste patterns for sewing and dressmaking
  • Design consciously, with the full lifecycle of the product in mind
  • Work alongside others and share
  • Teach pattern-making, sewing and craft skills
  • Research new materials and share my knowledge
  • Inspire and be inspired