Meet Imo­gen Lawry from Cock­pit Arts

We chat to Imo­gen from Cock­pit Arts to find out how this award­win­ning so­cial en­ter­prise helps put de­signer-makers on the map

Mollie Makes - - Contents - Words: HOLLY JOHN­SON Pho­to­graphs: RACHAEL SMITH

From the mid-1970s on­wards, peo­ple flocked to Cam­den mar­kets for their mix of mu­sic, street food, hand­made clothes and vintage wares. With this in mind, it’s no real sur­prise that the area has con­tin­ued to at­tract crafts­peo­ple, en­trepreneur­s and cre­ative en­ter­prises.

It was 1986 when the seeds of one such ven­ture were first sewn. On the site of a dis­used 18th cen­tury cock­fight­ing arena, five units were set up to help un­em­ployed young peo­ple launch their own craft busi­nesses. The area, known as Cock­pit Yard, has since be­come a thriv­ing com­mu­nity of tal­ented de­sign­ers, artists and makers, and un­der the um­brella of so­cial en­ter­prise Cock­pit Arts, now houses 170 fledg­ling craft com­pa­nies. Be it wo­ven tex­tiles, jew­ellery, ce­ram­ics, toys, be­spoke head­pieces or book art, it’s all hand­made with love on this site.

We vis­ited the Hol­born-based stu­dios and caught up with Imo­gen Lawry, Cock­pit Arts’ Busi­ness In­cu­ba­tion Project Man­ager, to learn how cre­atives and small busi­nesses are given guid­ance to launch their ca­reers.

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