Next weekend, we’re having a pop up shop in the centre of Blackburn, where our head office is based, as part of the Festival of Making. It’s a brilliantly unique event which showcases all forms of making and manufacturing around the UK especially Blackburn’s unique heritage. Filling the streets will be performances involving circus, comedy, world music, and, in short, something for everyone to enjoy.

This coming together of local, national, and international artists is a representation of what community truly means. That’s why we’re proud to have been a part of it from the beginning.

Open from 11am-5pm, you’ll find our sock shop and second hand rail at the centre of the festival, in the Festival of Making info hub for visitors at Cathedral One Building. Come and find us, and meet Patrick, we’re looking forward to meeting you!

On the Saturday, Patrick will also chat with The Great Pottery Throwdown judge Keith Brymer Jones inside Blackburn Cathedral. They’ll talk about why they both want to inspire people to get into all sorts of making. It’s a free event, but make sure to book in advanceto save your spot! 

Then, on Sunday, Patrick will talk with artist Ibukun Baldwin at the art gallery, Prism Contemporary. Her residency with Community Clothing’s partner manufacturer Cookson & Clegg saw her convert the gallery into an artistic textile installation. She took on Afghani refugees Palwasha and Razma as art assistants, and together they developed the “Funufactury” using deadstock denim sourced from Cookson & Clegg.