Hello Makers

We’ve had a busy summer here at the Dock. Things have been moving fast – literally! Container units and wooden planters have been lifted and moved around like lego blocks as plans get underway to develop the site further.

Our Cody Makers Gallery looked a little shabby from the outside once the planters had gone, but the peeling plywood looked amazing. We’ve been sprucing up the wall with repurposed offcuts of jazzy perspex! Kind of a 70s disco floor vibe going on!

Upcycle to Recycle

Have you visited the picnic area recently? Maybe you’ve enjoyed a delicious coffee and a huge slice of cake? Not sure where to put your rubbish?

Cody Makers to the rescue!

Using old railway sleepers we’ve signposted where to put your trash for recycling! This project was kickstarted with help from our neighbours at Poplar Union who visited in July, rolling up their sleeves to dig holes and splash paint. Great job!

Look out for the finishing touches coming soon… I think our bin sign needs some rubbish sculptures!

Cardboard Looms in August

We created tiny looms from used packaging and tried our hand weaving in August. I enjoyed the process so much that I re-purposed the old wooden A frame I’d scavenged a few months back into a monster big loom. We’ve been weaving the River Lea on this frame… but more about that in next month’s blog!

What’s Coming Up...

Wednesday Maker Days

10am – 1pm

Wednesdays offer a volunteering opportunity to join Cody Makers and work on current projects – this might be designing and painting signage, refurbishing the volunteer hut or even building bird boxes and bug hotels!

Book now!

Sunday Workshops

11am – 3pm

Sundays are crafty meetups with tea and chat! Come and learn a new skill like knitting and weaving or make wooden birds from offcuts and rusty nails. Maybe you’ve always wanted to junk journal or try painting?

These stand alone Sunday workshops are a chance to develop the artist in you and meet like minded crafters. See what’s on offer on the Cody Maker’s calendar.

Workshop fee: £6 to cover costs.

Book now!

Meet Abi

I am your Maker-In-Residence alchemist guiding you through our crafting journey. I ran with scissors from an early age, playing with timber, nails and discarded shoe boxes, painting and fixing the world around me.

As an adult I made stuff for Theatre, wrote plays and stories for TV and continued to craft. I have landed here at Cody Dock in order to re-wild my brain and explore how to blend found materials and sustainability with crafty techniques. Come and join me!

Instagram: @jitterbug65
Website: www.abibown.com

This month’s Cody Makers is brought to you by…

The Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring ‘drumming’ display.

RSPB.org

The Hazel Tree

Hazel is one of the most useful trees for its bendy stems and as a conservation saviour. And its nuts are loved by people, squirrels and hazel dormice.

Woodlandtrust.org