Norfolk Open Studios | 24th September – 8th October 2022

designermakers21 will be taking part in Norfolk Open Studios this Autumn, we look forward to welcoming you to the studios!

The studios and galleries will be open as usual every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm, as well as two additional Sunday openings on the 25th September and 2nd October. Members will be working in their studios, and available to answer questions about the processes involved in their work.

Our rolling Showcase Exhibition will be on display upstairs in the main building, and we will be hosting a FREE ‘Have a go Day’ on Saturday 24th September, where members will be demonstrating and offering mini workshop sessions. Check the website and social media for more details over the coming months.

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SAORI III, An exhibition showcasing work by East Anglian SAORI Weavers | 9th – 30th June 2022

The third SAORI weaving exhibition at designermakers21 showcasing works by East Anglian SAORI weavers. 

This exhibition shows new work by local SAORI weavers and also works created by the SAORI explorers groups. These have been monthly meetings via zoom and in the studio focusing on varied techniques each month. These groups have enabled weavers from further afield to meet up with other SAORI weavers, learn together and inspire each other.

Visit the exhibition from the 9th – 30th June in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21. Open Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm

SAORI exhibition 9th - 30th June 2022

An opportunity to learn new skills

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB.

Saori Shed workshop graphic

Please contact the individual members if you are interested in attending a workshop.

Workshops offered in the studios by members –

Printmaking – Annette Rolston & Mike Fenton
Feltmaking – Janine Oxley
Mosaics – Joy Holden
Jewellery – Kate Heath
Sewing and upcycling – Marie Mallen
Freestyle Saori weaving – The Saori Shed
Theatre crafts – Christopher Holden
Stained glass – Hunnybunny Glass
Basic skills with hand tools – David Whatley Ceramics – Kate Welton

The Upstairs workshop and exhibition space hosts a rotating calender of events by external practioners

‘Looking out Through Eyes that Shine’ – SAORI Weaving Exhibition | 4th-27th November 2021

A winter exhibition showcasing the work of 20 East Anglian SAORI weavers. A vibrant, colourful display of weave: clothing, hangings, scarves and more!

This collection provides an opportunity to experience some of the exciting and diverse range of work created by weavers throughout East Anglia. Some have been practising for a number of years, others have recently begun and this is their first experience of exhibiting their work. Many items are for sale.

We hope you enjoy and feel inspired!

Upstairs at designermakers21 from 4th – 27th November. Open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 – 5 pm.

Looking out through eyes that shine Saori Weaving exhibition at designermakers21 November 2021
SAORI Weavers work in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21

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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.


Constructed Textiles – Four Exhibitions at Diss Cornhall and designermakers21

Friday 21st May – Saturday 26th June

In collaboration, designermakers21 and The Cornhall Diss are putting together 4 exhibitions in Constructed Textiles from 21 May – 26 June.

At The Corn Hall there will be exhibitions by Margo Selby, a celebration of Weave (a collection of artists practising weave) along with Yoshi Shionagawa, a photographer.
Open Monday – Saturday 10 – 4pm.                                                                      

At designermakers21 a vibrant and colourful exhibition by local SAORI weavers.
Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 – 5pm.
This exhibition unites SAORI weavers showing the boundless and creative potential that exists within and connects us all.


Exhibition Details
Constructed Textiles Exhibition Details
Saori Shed workshop graphic
Saori Weaving on the Loom