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.

norfolk open studios 2022

Elephant in the Room – an exhibition by designermakers21 and friends @ Diss Corn Hall | 2nd – 29th July

‘Elephant in the Room’- DM21 on tour.

In this eclectic exhibition members and friends interpret the expression “Elephant in the Room” in a variety of craft disciplines and perspectives.

The exhibition will be on display in the Lower Gallery at The Corn Hall in Diss, and open Monday-Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

Wooden Horn with Pyrography detail by David Whatley

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

‘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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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

Norfolk Makers Festival

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Visit the website for more details of what’s happening: Norfolk Makers’ Festival

Saturday 22nd Febuary 11am – 4pm at designermakers21

Drop in and try a variety of arts and crafts with designermakers21 members and other local craftspeople.

Free have-a-go sessions throughout the day:


For £5 carve a small wood engraving with Di Griffiths or a linocut with Annette Rolston and take home your own original print.


Dressmaker/designer Marie Hamilton will demonstrate the construction of an ‘infinity scarf’ using re-claimed textiles, 1 – 4pm


Nick Gosman Spoon Co will demonstrate making a kuksa cup carving throughout the day.


Gold and silversmith Kate Heath of L’Hermitage Jewellery will be teaching students and will be willing to answer questions and queries about her craft.