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Making Courses

The Factory’s making courses and workshops are designed to provide an easy and accessible introduction to our digital fabrication tools and workshop facilities.

We guide and support trainees through each step of the design and making process, whether they’re creating laser cut jewellery, Christmas decorations, pieces of furniture, or something else.

We also offer enterprise training to budding entrepreneurs and growth businesses.


Walter Jack Studio, in collaboration with KWMC The Factory, are offering the opportunity for a group of local people to be involved in a major public art commission. Participants will learn 2D design skills and develop designs for their own product(s) to be batch 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.

Sessions will run every Tuesday 10am – 2.30pm starting on 28th April until 23rd June.

We’re looking for 10 people from South Bristol to take part. There’s no cost to getting involved! All materials provided.

Please contact The Factory on 0117 403 2306 or email to apply or find out more.

Sewing & Textiles Monthly Meet-up

Our Sewing and Textiles monthly meet-up runs on the first Friday of each month between 10am and 12pm. Bring along some fabric and a project you’re working on, meet other sewers and textile enthusiasts and explore how you can use digital technology when you work with fabrics.

Our digital embroidery machine and knitting machine will be available to use, as well as four sewing machines. There’s no need to book.

2020 dates: 6 March, 3 April, 8 May.

For details contact or call 0117 403 2306.

Saturday Workshop: Upcycling with Laser Cut Woodblocks

Learn how to design and make laser cut woodblocks for printing onto paper and fabrics in this four-hour Saturday workshop at our digital manufacturing space KWMC: The Factory.

During the session you’ll learn how to use the vector design software Inkscape to create digital designs to be laser cut into wood. You’ll then have the chance to get upcycling and transform your pre-loved garments and fabric offcuts with woodblock prints of your own designs. 

Beginners welcome
Suitable for ages 16+

The course will take place from 10am – 2pm at KWMC: The Factory, Unit 24 Filwood Green Business Park, Filwood Park Lane (off Hengrove Way), Bristol, BS4 1ET.

For more details e-mail or call 0117 403 2306.

Book your place here.

Visit the main KWMC Events page to find out more about our upcoming courses or contact our technicians on 0117 403 2306 if you have an idea for a course or a group looking for training.


Contact Us

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

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