Draper’s Yard Take Over Design Collective Chichester Goes Public

Creatives from Design Collective Chichester descended on the city for their first ever Takeover event. On Saturday, July 1st 2016, between 10am and 4pm, Design Collective Chichester members took over Draper’s Yard in The Hornet, to showcase their skills and designs, ranging from vibrant home accessories to stylish handmade furniture.

Alys Bryan, one of the group’s founders, explains:

‘Since launching the Collective we’ve been amazed and delighted by the response from design professionals who are keen to get together regularly to skill-share and network, we’ve grown rapidly.

There’s such a huge wealth of talent in and around Chichester that we decided it was high time to “go public” and raise awareness about the Collective’s marvellous designers and design-led businesses.’

The Takeover coincided with the launch of Independents’ Month, being held by Chichester’s Business Improvement District (BID), which also aimed to raise the profile of small businesses in the local area.

Stallholders at the Collective’s public launch included designer makers such as Wolf & Apple, a platform which showcase Southern and East African entrepreneurs, beautiful, quirky and contemporary products for the home from a new generation of hugely talented designers. Plus Habgood & Bott, fashion designers who make contemporary clothing, inspired by their personal experiences as artists.

Anjali Walton promoted her surface pattern design label, Edge of the Meadow. Anjali creates her striking designs using photography which imaginatively captures the beauty of life in print and pattern. Holly Newnham's creative label, Life the Holly Way, focuses on art and design as an integral part of the domestic environment and her process led artworks and homewares draw from a variety of printmaking techniques, often inspired by observations of the beauty and challenges of everyday life.

Also attending was graphic designer Bill Strohacker, who founded the Strohacker Design School in Bognor Regis, upholsterer Sarita Greenham, and there was examples of pieces of furniture made by Chichester College students.