The Maker Station is a coworking, hot-benching, hot desking studio space for makers, creatives and artisans. We offer an affordable, shared space for independent, artistically minded people to collaborate, create and be inspired.
Our aim is to bring together upholsterers, dressmakers, quilters, knitters, jewellery makers, sewers, soft furnishers, and everyone in between, and let them loose in our creative community hub.
In addition to hiring workbenches, we provide space for classes, demos, exhibitions and workshops. Members will be able to use the ‘library’ to peruse fabric books and wallpaper samples and materials will be available to purchase from our supplies shop.
The Maker Station also offers space for members to meet with prospective clients as well as acting as a showcase and retail outlet for the Makers’ work.
Come down and check us out!
Kal comes from a long line of creatives and makers, with a large matriarchal family who between them had just about every creative industry covered. Kal herself has had a long and varied career running from fashion to film.
She has studied diploma courses in Fashion Design, Interior Design and Makeup. She has worked in hospitality and events, running her own event & wedding styling business for several years before a stint working in the South African film industry in wardrobe.
Kal is a fully qualified AMUSF upholsterer who was turning work away because of the lack of affordable studio space. She specialises in restoration of rare vintage furniture pieces with artisan techniques as well as contemporary upholstery and up-cycling. Many of her pieces can be seen in The Maker Station.
Fay’s heritage has always been heavily creative with an engineering father and a mother who taught her a plethora of crafts from a young age, from knitting to making her own dolls’ clothes.
She went on to do an A level in textiles, a foundation year in art and a degree in Fashion & Marketing. She has been a graphic designer, designing and printing t-shirts for the high street, has CAD designed for fashion retail and also worked on the sales side of the industry, travelling the world selling textile prints.
From coats to cushions, from drapes to wedding dresses, Fay can make almost anything. She also loves up-cycling and upholstering - transforming forgotten pieces of furniture into things that people fall in love with.
Like many women, she made a step change when she had children, but found it very restrictive trying to work from home while managing family life. From this frustration the idea for a co-working maker’s space in West London was borne. Fay is currently qualifying as an AMUSF upholsterer and lives in Ealing.
The Maker Station, Watermans Park, 40A High Street, London, TW8 0BB
You won’t be able to make, craft or create if you can’t find us. Here’s a handy little map to help work out where we are. You can arrive by train, car, and probably boat. Admittedly, we’ve not tried the boat option yet.
Trains: The closest train stations are Kew Bridge or Brentford which are served by South Western trains. Both are a 10 minute walk away.
Tube: Our closest tube stations are Gunnersbury and South Ealing. From Gunnersbury it’s a short bus ride on the 237 or 267. From South Ealing, take the 65 and you’ll be with us in 5 minutes.
Buses: Bus routes 65, 267 and 237 will deposit you right outside our door.
Car: There is limited on-site parking.
Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm / Evening classes 7 - 9.30pm
Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun & Bank Holidays - Closed.
• Membership : £15 Monthly