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De­signer-maker Silkie Lloyd on cre­at­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive space

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Silkie Lloyd from The Forge dis­cusses the im­por­tance of cre­ative spaces

Af­ter work­ing from home on and off for at least a decade, I re­alised I was miss­ing the com­pany of other cre­atives – be­ing iso­lated was hold­ing me back. Around this time I dis­cov­ered the up­rise of co-work­ing, and was in­spired by spaces such as Makeshift So­ci­ety in San Fran­cisco and The Unique Space in LA. Th­ese weren’t just for work, but en­abled the cre­ative com­mu­nity to con­nect. My part­ner and I set out to find a build­ing in Bris­tol we could turn into such a space, and were be­yond lucky to find The Forge, a his­toric in­dus­trial build­ing in Bris­tol’s arts

we wanted to cre­ate a space that was beau­ti­ful, wel­com­ing and in­spir­ing

quar­ter. It needed a com­plete ren­o­va­tion, as we knew from the start that the de­sign and aes­thetic of the space would be a strong part of the story. We’ve used a mix of ma­te­ri­als and fur­ni­ture, with some vin­tage, some re­pro­duc­tion and some per­sonal pieces dot­ted around. We wanted to cre­ate a space that was beau­ti­ful, wel­com­ing and in­spir­ing. Peo­ple come to talk, imag­ine, in­vent and ex­plore – it’s a space to share sto­ries and cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ences.

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