What is our project?
We're asking you to support us to redevelop our workshop space, so that we can use it to its full potential. Calling a stunning period building home is ideal, it gives us a large open space for our workshop room with fantastic lighting due to its huge bay window. The building's original features give it a strong character and sense of history.
The room is our workshop and teaching space and also has to accommodate our glass fusing kiln, office equipment and photo studio! But, that's not all! The space is also used for children's parties, hen do's, social gatherings and meetings, which has lead to a creative yet cluttered and chaotic space. We know it could be so much better and easily transformed into the perfect place!
We are passionate about teaching in our local community not only to individuals but also local charity groups as we know crafting has many health and wellbeing benefits.
Our creative team here at The Bead Shop is made up of some very skilled silversmiths, mixed media artists and bead weavers. Having a workshop room that resembles a rundown cluttered office is not conducive to inspirational teaching or developing new classes, kits and patterns. We want to be able to use our creative forces to help people reach their full potential and pass our passion and inspiration on to our students.
You may be wondering why we need your help?
You might be wondering why we need your help? Well it's a bit of a long story: Late 2017, we decided to condense the business from the original 5 floors, to a much more manageable 3. This helped us to survive and keep thriving in a tough time for high street businesses, especially independents. We can keep our costs down and run more efficiently by combining our mail order, wholesale and stock departments. We now no longer have to run up and down the stairs all day! Which is perfect as it means we get more time to spend with our lovely customers.
To achieve this we needed some structural work doing, including installing a toilet on our 1st floor for workshop participants, however the builders that were working on this project abandoned us leaving the job unfinished, never to be seen again! The quotes to get the work completed by other builders, which we’d already paid once for, were eye watering, so everything went on the back burner. We were left with a functional but ugly and unfinished toilet and workshop room. Full of a ramshackle mix of new and old dressers, office furniture and an air of make do and mend.
How will we do this?
Together with Nottingham Trent University's Grads4Nottm scheme we had a small team of students design a functional and attractive workshop space; with practical solutions for storage to enable us to use the space to its full potential. To fully realise these plans and do them justice we need your help, to raise £5000.
What will we use your money for?
The money raised for this project will be spent on various items and work. As part of our ethos of supporting and being part of the local community we intend to purchase these items from other local independent makers and businesses as well as source items from charity stores.
- Completing work to our new toilet area including plastering and painting.
- Custom made pieces of furniture that have been designed by local business The WorkBench, including drawers to fit in our original bay window and a two person silver smithing bench.
- An office bureau/shelving unit to conceal our hot desk.
- A storage unit to accommodate our workshop and photography equipment.
- Update the 12 year old worn out tables and chairs used for workshops as well as create a new display area for both tools and workshop examples.
- The room needs the floor sanding and revarnishing as well as the walls decorating.
We have the whole team on board for decorating and DIY so can achieve a lot of the work ourselves and with the help and encouragement from funds raised we hope to have a wonderfully functional and beautiful workshop room by 2019.
Any extra funds raised will go towards purchasing additional tools and equipment so that we can develop further skills and techniques to teach our students, such as a small pillar drill, polishing wheel and tumbler.
71% on furniture, equipment and work on the room
20% on fulfilling rewards
9% on kickstarter fees.
Our kickstarter is running for 30 days; once we know we have funding, we want to make a start on the work immediately and realistically we anticipate it taking at least 8 weeks. You'll be able to follow our progress on instagram, facebook and our website.
How you can help us achieve our goal
By making a pledge and helping us get closer to our goal. And/or talking about our project with family and friends and sharing on social media platforms to help spread the word, you will be helping us immensely.
Risks and challenges
Without your pledges we won’t be able to go ahead with our workshop redevelopment. If you have any questions about our project please drop us a line or pop in to see us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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