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Make Works

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Design-led organisation

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Product Design

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Make Works
A Scotland-wide project linking manufacturers and makers, established by GSA Product Design alumni

Make Works

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Make Works

Make Works is an independent design-led organisation that facilitates, celebrates and debates making and manufacture; connecting design with industry. Make Works is interested in materials, machines, technology and craftsmanship, and want to make it easier for creative professionals to produce high quality work that is Made in Scotland.

Make Works was founded by Fi Scott during her final year studying Product Design at The Glasgow School of Art. The idea developed on returning to Glasgow from a furniture internship in Brooklyn, and realising the value, power and importance of making as part of the design process, and being frustrated with not being able to find the practical means to get things made. Fi then spent six weeks interviewing designers, makers, artists, craftspeople, architects, creative practices and manufacturers in Scotland. She quickly realised that she was not alone with this problem. The number of creative practitioners expressing the need to be able to more closely connect with industry, machines, materials and the making process, was overwhelming, and meant that Make Works had to become a reality.

Make Works then became a finalist for the Deutsche Bank Award in Creative Practice 2012. It was also shortlisted for the Service Design Network, Service Design Award.

After graduating, Fi persuaded the MAKLab, Scotland's first digital fabrication studio, to support the development of the project, and has been busy developing it, based at The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, ever since.

The project has now grown thanks to the help of many supporters and collaborators; and the addition of fellow GSA alumnus Vana Coleman to the team. In 2013, Fi and Vana are embarking on the Make Works Tour, hoping to kickstart the building of a media rich, practical and useful service that will allow creative practitioners to find the means of making and manufacturing their work in Scotland.