Anyone that ever had the good fortune to attend art college will tell you that the worst thing about having to leave and enter the real world (apart from the crippling debt and self-doubt) is that all of a sudden you don’t have access to any facilities. The CAD suites, ceramic studios, woodwork equipment and print studios all just disappear overnight and you’re reduced to finally using that WACOM you bought years before to make a little bit of cash from your patchy software skills.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. For Londoners of a creative persuasion The Blackhorse Workshop has recently opened its doors in Walthamstow (near-ish to us) offering wood and metalwork facilities for as little as £10 a day (even without your student loan that’s cheap). As far as we can tell they’re offering pretty much everything you could possibly need to build more or less anything you could feasibly imagine, and it’s all wrapped up with a tasty identity designed by Europa and commissioned by Assemble. More of this kind of thing please London; not everyone can start up their fledgling business by hot-desking in cafés.
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