members of designermakers21 standing outside 21 St Nicholas Street
Members outside designermakers21

designermakers21 perched at the top of the Heritage Triangle opposite the Corn Hall has become known for it’s unique mix of excellent craft, educational interest and warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Began back in May 2013 with the support of the trustees of The Corn Hall and the generosity of Diss Quakers four craft studios opened to the public one day a week. designermakers21 rapidly filled the warren of Victorian rooms which now support 12 craft studios, two galleries, a rolling, quarterly, showcase space, a large exhibition/workshop area, a silkscreen facility, a quarterly temporary studio and more in the planning.

This shared, creative and vibrant centre embraces traditional and contemporary craft practices with an inspiring range of textiles, prints, sculptures, mosaics, jewellery, tailoring, weaving and carpentry. They aim to educate and involve the community in all things craft while continuing to excel in their fields of expertise, providing their visitors with an experience to remember.

Jean Page of Diss Corn Hall Trust says: ’What is special about the project is not just the chance for people making unique and beautiful objects to work together, but that the public can come in and buy work from the makers themselves and see how the pieces are made … The common element is that the work will be creative and of high quality…’

designermakers21 the home of designermakersCIO

designermakersCIO is fundraising to purchase 21 St Nicholas Street in order that it can continue to promote education in contemporary and traditional craft and offer more exciting workshops and events for you and the wider community.

If you would like to support the appeal you can do so by calling in at the shop and:

  • Make a cash donation at designermakers21
  • Become a Friend of dmCIO
  • Attend events

designermakers21 is open to the public 10am to 5pm Thursday to Saturday. You will be warmly welcomed by the makers as well as the team of volunteers.

Alternatively you might want to donate via our JustGiving ‘Save Our Story’ campaign.