Visitors turned out in their droves to The Sorting Office designer-maker studios over the weekend (16-17 July) to experience a colourful display of arts, craft and design at the creative hub’s Summer Open Studios event.
Artists, organisers and visitors alike were thrilled by the vibrancy and talent exhibited by the Eastleigh studios’ 17 resident artists, as well as the bustling Maker’s Fair in the studios’ Production House.
Members of the public relished the opportunity to get to know the thriving local creative community, taking the chance to speak with the artists, experience their crafts and browse and purchase the extensive variety of wares on offer.
The event also attracted some high profile attention in the form of a visit from Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Maureen Sollitt, as well as Councillor Steve Sollitt, Chair of Eastleigh Local Area Committee.
A spokesperson for The Sorting Office said:
“This year’s Summer Open Studios was an amazing weekend, we couldn’t be happier with the number of smiling faces that turned out to the studios.
“Our residents really managed to outshine themselves, pulling out all the stops to create exceptional products and make their spaces as welcoming as possible, and it absolutely showed.”
One visitor, Anne Bayliss of Eastleigh, said of the studios:
“I think it’s absolutely brilliant, and it just gives that artisanal atmosphere. This building is great, it’s been put to such good use – I’m really impressed.”
Another visitor, local illustrator Lucy Tipper, said:
“This is the second time I’ve been here, we came a year ago and it’s a beautiful space, very creative, and everyone’s so friendly.
“It’s clear that the artists have a nice creative community together, which is lovely.”