‘Anima’ – Finding the Magic of Breckland | Extended until Saturday 9th October 2021

Fay Jones Solo Exhibition

An opportunity to see this wonderful show for an extra week – the exhibition has been extended until Saturday 9th October 2021.

Fay Jones is pleased to present her first solo show, in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21. The exhibition will be open from Thursday 9th September during gallery hours Thurs-Sat 10am to 5pm.

Breckland is a place of long mysteries and small wonders. Ignoring modern boundaries it is a strongly defined landscape that allows for deep thought and contemplation. By keen observation and many exploratory wanderings, the lands wild undercurrents become apparent.

Using the rich natural resources of this stark environment, the many notional fragments are now collected into a whole. Made in wood, bark, chalk and bone, with nods to the ways of earlier times by using experimentally cast bronze, wild plant fibres and natural dyes.”


wood and bark, block printed text and an insect in a field. Images from Fay Jone's Anima exhibition at designermakers21

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

Textiles In Action – Demonstrations & Talks Saturday 22nd May 11am-3pm

*All artist talks on May 22nd are now fully booked.*

However, all exhibitions at designermakers21 and The Corn Hall are still free to access during the day, with some drop in demonstrations happening at designermakers21.  Please be aware that numbers are limited at both venues due to the current restrictions.  We look forward to welcoming you. 

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.

Details of Textiles in Action, a day of demonstrations and talks

Textiles in Action – Demonstrations and Talks

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

Showcase Exhibition | May-July 2021

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The next Showcase will run throughout May, June and July 2021. We are excited to welcome three artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Fehmi Gokes, Frances Overy and Becky Whatley.

Fehmi Gokes – Mosaic Art Mosaic pictures, mirrors, tables and interior/exterior features made using a variety of materials such as ceramic, glass and wood.

Frances Overy – Textile Art Contemporary Textile Art, created using a variety of techniques. Hand stitched elements are added to felted and woven backgrounds, alongside contemporary ‘Gold Work’.

Becky Whatley – Paintings & Needle Felting Images from the wild places of the local area, including fens and woodland. The pictures combine oil painting and pyrography, to emphasize the drawing. Needle felted animals in hand dyed colours, will also feature in this exhibition.

You can visit the Showcase from the 1st May 2021, during our usual opening hours Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

Handmade framed mosaic
‘Rise’ Handmade Mosaic – Fehmi Gokes
oil painting with pyrography detail, on birch ply
Oil and Pyrography on Birch Ply – Becky Whatley
needle felted textile art with handstitching
‘Summer Verge’ Mixed Media Textile Art – Frances Overy

Printmaking – linocut & mixed media

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB

Because of the Covid 19 outbreak it is not possible to run any workshops at the moment. Please contact Annette if you are interested in attending a workshop in the future.

2 day course, from 10.30 to 5pm – Price £165

This course covers linocut and mixed media printing. Students get to print onto fabric – linen, cotton, satin etc., to create several cushion cover fronts or wall-hangings. A calico shopping bag and a blank medium-sized silk scarf are also included to block print onto, along with half a dozen blank greetings cards and sheets of paper.

Annette teaches only two students each time who receive lots of individual tuition, and have plenty of scope to create and print several variations of their print blocks within the allotted time.

The aspects that have most delighted the students have been exploring the different marks made by the carving and engraving tools, the range of imagery possible and how to ink creatively and colourfully.

Many have discovered ‘jigsaw’ linocuts for the first time and produced multi-coloured images using one print block. They have explored painterly stencil prints onto fabric too, experimenting with impressions of leaves, grasses feathers and lace etc., combined with block-printing of linocut motifs. Almost all students aim to purchase their own tools and materials to continue printing at home, which Annette gives guidance on plus suppliers lists.

Annette provides all materials – lino, vinyl, carving tools, drill, inks, rollers, printing press, paper, fabric (linen, cotton, satin), calico shopping bag, silk scarf, 6 greetings card blanks. Teas, coffees, biscuits are also provided. She has recommendations for local accommodation if needed.