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Sustainability Month

A special programme exploring how we can reduce our impact on the environment while we make useful and beautiful things.

In April 2020 KWMC: The Factory delivered an online programme of activity exploring sustainability and manufacturing. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak we’ve had do some things differently – and we’re planning to deliver more environmentally-themed activities later in 2020.

Get Inspired: INSPIRE Talk with Walter Jack Studio

On 8 April Walter Jack and Paul Channing shared the story of their sculptural design studio and introduced their project PositiveNegativePositive, a collaboration with KWMC: The Factory, offering the opportunity for a group of local makers to be involved in a major public art commission. These makers will learn 2D design skills and develop designs for their own product(s) to be laser cut into brass sheet, with the leftover material featuring the negative space of these products forming panels for a large-scale façade on Hengrove Energy Centre, ensuring no section of the material is wasted.

Free face mask tutorial

In our latest video tutorial, the Factory team will take you through 10 simple steps for making your own face mask using fabric and elastic. Wearing a face mask is a simple way to reduce the likelihood of touching your face if you have to go outside, such as for food shopping or essential travel. Please note that these aren’t medical grade face masks.

Upcycling Fabrics

Scrunchies are back! In place of our regular Sewing & Textiles Meet-Up, Factory technician Fiona will show you how to make the classic 80s accessory from recycled fabric scraps and cut-offs.  It’s a perfect project for those new to sewing and you don’t need a sewing machine to get involved!

The Factory Family Maker Challenge: To The Recycling Box, And Beyond!

Throughout April we challenge you and your family to create your best spaceship, using only (clean and safe) household waste. Get those yoghurt pots ready for blast off and prepare your egg boxes to take centre stage! Send us a pic or tag us in your post on Twitter @kwmcthefactory or Instagram @kwmcthefactory using the hashtag #factoryfamilymakerchallenge

ReThink, ReMake, ReCycle

As part of the Bristol and Bath Creative R&D Inclusion Programme, we held an online taster workshop exploring the impact of household paper waste. Participants mapped out how much they waste and followed a process of creative ‘Design Thinking’ to identify sustainable solutions and alternatives to single-use paper. We’re planning to explore these ideas further this year in more environmentally-themed activities.


* Please note that our ‘Upcycling with Laser Cut Woodblocks’ workshop has been postponed until further notice *


From 1 April, our technician and training and skills lead Fiona will also be taking part in the Julie’s Bicycle Accelerator Programme on behalf of The Factory, to receive expert mentoring and support on creative and innovative approaches for developing a more sustainable practice as an organisation.

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Knowle West Media Centre
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+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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