St Nicholas Christmas Fayre | Sunday 12th December 10am-4pm

We will be opening our doors 10am-4pm on the 12th December for the St Nicholas Christmas Fayre. Come along and explore the the studios, galleries and exhibitions. Mulled wine and mince pies available!

The magic starts in St Nicholas Street, Market Hill, Mount Street, Cobbs Yard and Norfolk House Yard. Christmas in the heart of the heritage Triangle.

Come along, and welcome in the festive season with a day of entertainment, great shopping, special offers and Christmas treats! Traders, shopkeepers and cafes will hold a special Christmas Fayre right in the heart of Diss.

St Nicholas Fayre Graphic

Showcase Exhibition | November 2021 – January 2022

The next showcase will run throughout November, December and January. We are excited to welcome three local makers to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Rob Rutterford, Danielle Wade (Polly’s Textiles) and Sarah Burt.

Rob Rutterford – Ceramics

Potting and teaching in East Anglia for 30years creating large stoneware outdoor sculptural single fired  forms and smaller raku pieces. Inspiration grows from gardens, the natural world, historical reference, the local coast and friends. I have been involved with the Halesworth Gallery and Association of Suffolk Art Teachers over many years and exhibited widely home and abroad.

Danielle Wade (Polly’s Textiles) – Textiles Hand dyed and printed fabrics, designs produced from original artwork and constructed by hand into an assortment of products such as aprons, bags, cushions and purses. Processes include hand dyeing natural fabrics, screen printing with standard and specialist inks, and embroidery.

Sarah Burt – Needle Felting Contemporary Textile Art, originals, prints, greetings cards and handcrafted corsages made from British-milled wool. The artwork is made by a form of dry needle-felting, based on fine art principle.


Drawing Workshops for Children | Saturday 6th November & Saturday 4th December

Due to unfortunate circumstances the drawing workshops on Saturday 4th December will not run. Workshops will return in 2022!

Enjoy exploring drawing, mark making, and using different materials.
Classes will be held in the upstairs exhibition/workshop space at designermakers21.
Saturday 6th November and Saturday 4th December 10am-12pm, £15 per workshop, all materials included.
Drawing Workshops for children in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21 Saturday 6th November and Saturday 4th Decemebr

Norfolk Open Studios 2021- Craft Taster & Demonstration Day | Saturday 9th October 11am-3pm

As part of Norfolk Open Studios 2021, designermakers21 is hosting a FREE drop-in Craft Taster Day. Come along between 11am-3pm, and try your hand at printmaking, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics and Saori weaving with our members. Our resident jeweller Kate Heath will also be demonstrating Silversmithing techniques in her studio throughout the day.

No booking required, however, if taster sessions become busy, you may be asked to wait before having a go.

While you wait there is plenty to explore; including two exhibitions, our galleries and eleven working studios.


Inspired by 30 x 30 – Last Chance to See!

‘Inspired by 30×30’ exhibition in the Upper Gallery at Diss Corn Hall ends on Saturday 14th August. The exhibition is FREE to visit, and is open Mon-Sat 10am to 3pm.

designermakers21 and friends take inspiration from the theme ’30×30′ and interpret it freely to accommodate a range of 2D and 3D work across disciplines.

Artists’ work includes constructed and applied textiles, print, design, sculpture, jewellery, mosaic, stained glass and ceramics.

Hand-dyed Saori woven fabric with 30 Moons by Kim Morgan
Hand-Dyed Saori Weaving – Kim Morgan
Mixed media paintings on glass slides by Janine Oxley
Mixed Medium on Glass Slides – Janine Oxley
handprinted lampshade with moth design by Mike Fenton
Hand-Painted Lampshade – Mike Fenton