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The (Virtual) Factory

Hello from The Factory! We’ve moved some of our activity online so you can continue to connect with us, access design resources and activities, and link up with other makers from home.

Following the latest guidance from the UK government, The Factory as a physical space will be closed for the foreseeable future.  We will reopen when it is safe and responsible to do so.

The lights may be off at the Factory but the team are online and ready to help support you at this time by offering a range of resources to keep you learning, making, creating and connecting.

We’d love to hear your ideas of how we can support The Factory community remotely at this time – and see the creative projects and activities you’re doing at home to keep your minds and hands occupied.

If you’d like to get in touch, email or call The Factory mobile on 07858 669 225.

You can also tweet images, tips or links to @kwmcthefactory. On Instagram, tag @kwmcthefactory. Make sure to use the hashtag #thevirtualfactory on either platform.

Inkscape Worksheets

Inkscape is a free, open source vector-based software program that we use in our Wednesday Members’ Open Access sessions, and our 2D design courses.

It can be used to create images, logos and digital files for use with equipment such as laser cutters, vinyl cutters and digital embroidery machines. For example, to create a shape to be engraved in wood, cut from acrylic or vinyl, or embroidered into fabric.

Vector designs are made up of a series of points that create a sort of ‘dot-to-dot’ of your shape or design, which can be followed by the machine. These designs can be scaled up or down without losing quality, unlike photo images, and can be freely edited or customised.

You can download Inkscape for free here.

We teach Inkscape in our introductory and beginner workshops, so we hope you won’t find it too difficult to navigate. Ideally we’d like to be able to support you in person, but we encourage you to have a go with the software and see where your creativity takes you.  When we’re open to the public again you could explore our courses and membership options to help you bring your designs to life…

Inkscape is a great tool for both beginners and professionals, and our worksheets will show you the ropes and take you through some simple starter activities to get you up and running. You can also find additional guidance and support online.

– Tools & Tips – Navigating Inkscape
– Draw and edit basic shapes worksheet
– Draw and edit stars and polygons worksheet
– Combine and cut out shapes worksheet
Create a border worksheet
– Use Trace Bitmap worksheet
– Joined up text worksheet
– Offset Path worksheet
– Add holes worksheet
– File Formatting for Laser Cutting worksheet


June 2020 – Making the Difference: Coronavirus Response

Watch the recording of our June INSPIRE Talk here to hear from Bristol makers who have co-ordinated small armies of volunteers to produce PPE and medical devices using 3D printers, pop-up factories and crowdfunding campaigns.

April 2020 – Sustainability Month

Find out more about our Sustainability Month for April 2020 here: follow a free sewing tutorial and watch our online INSPIRE Talk launching our PositiveNegativePositive project.

Colour, Pattern, Surface Course

Making Together Taster Day (Sat February 22nd)

Filwood Fantastic: Meeting Room Makeover

Contact Us

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

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