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
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.