3 weeks. Work as a team. Design - MAKE - Sell

11 NOV - 2 DEC 2019
What it is

Spend 3 weeks in a team learning to design, make and sell products made from raw materials such as metal, wood, fabric, silver and leather. 

How it works

Students work with a local maker to create things to sell at the Frome Independent Market.

Who its for

Young adults aged 18-35 including those who are out of work, looking for a new direction and who want to gain confidence. 

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Course Structure

During the first week you’ll get to know the Edventure team, the craft tutor and the group you’ll be working with. You will get to think about what you want to get out of the course and will meet some of Frome’s makers to get inspired. You will also start to design things with the group ready to begin making things in week two. 

By week 2 you’ll be straight into testing your ideas, planning and make, make, making. You’ll also learn about how to create a brand and how to make a project plan.

It’s a race to the finish in week 3, making the final products, getting ready for the market stall and promoting the sale. This week your group will decide on what the stall will look like and what the prices will be for the things you have all made. 

The things that are made will be sold at the Frome Independent Market and all the students will do a shift on the stall lasting a few hours each. The Monday after the Market we get together for one last day at the Hub to look back over the time we have spent together, to plan for the future and to celebrate with a lunchtime feast.

Students leave the course with very different ideas of what they’d like to do next. We offer MAKE students a selection of opportunities after the course finishes. What we can offer includes mentoring, coaching, workspace, workshops and group meet-ups and in exchange we ask for you to do some volunteering for Edventure.

The day of the market was the best day ever. It just shows that with dedication and motivation you work towards a dream and actually hold it in your hands.

Anouska, MAKE Course Student

I’ve loved every minute of the course. Meeting lovely people and realising when you put your heads together, you can achieve anything, even in just 3 weeks! Thank you Edventure for this unique opportunity x

Sarah, MAKE Course Student

The MAKE Course has been a really amazing experience. I have learned so much in a a really unique and practical way. I’ve met so many amazing people both on and off the course. The fact that all this is free aa well, is an incredible opportunity as I would never have been able to do it otherwise. Thank you Edventure.

Jamie, MAKE Course Student

Core Sessions

Tools and sessions to enable you to complete the team challenge.
Making Skills

Learning to make things out of raw materials like metal, wood and clay alongside local craftspeople and makers

Product Design

Working in a team to design, develop, make and sell products at the Frome Independent Market

Branding

Developing a brand that fits in with the style of the Independent Market

Personal Skills

Developing confidence, presentation skills and self esteem

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What past MAKE students say

I’ve been able to apply skills I already had to the group challenge which has made me more aware of what I have to offer. I’ve enjoyed getting stuck in and making stuff with my hands in such a supportive and fun environment.

Joe Dowdell

We are stepping out of our comfort zones; exploring new territory, taking responsibility and developing our strengths as individuals and a group.

Chloe Wykes

I liked the structure and facilitation of the course and the group challenge we were set. This course has taught me a lot about ways to successfully meet future work projects.

Alex Hermon

The practicalities

Anyone aged between 19-35 can apply. You don’t need any formal qualifications or experience. We are looking for a team of people with diverse backgrounds and skills who are motivated and are up for a challenge.

The initial 3 week MAKE course is FREE thanks for funding from Somerset Skills & Learning

The theme of the MAKE course changes every time. For the most part, these courses will involve working with raw materials such as clay, wood, metal and fabric.  With each course you will work with a local maker and expert in their field, and have a chance to get stuck into the making and experimenting process, before coming up with products to sell at the Frome Independent Market. Details if the upcoming course are below.

Follow these simply steps:

    1. Apply – click here
    1. We’ll invite you for an informal interview – also an opportunity for you to find out more about the course.
  1. We’ll confirm if you have a place or not within a week

Our courses run for 3 weeks on Monday-Thursday from 9.30am-2.30pm. You will also need to be available on the first Sunday of the month at the end of the course to sell your products at the Frome Independent Market.

Upcoming MAKE course

Mon 11 Nov - Mon 2 Dec 2019

This MAKE course challenge will be to turn old fabric and clothing into a range of new products.

You will work in a team alongside an expert maker to design and create things. You’ll source recycled materials then manipulate and alter them to develop items to sell at the Christmas Frome Independent Market.

Your team will decide what to develop. For example, an upcycled clothing brand, fancy dress items or sets of Christmas decorations and gifts. You will then learn how to do things like use a sewing machine, weave, paint on fabric or stitch patterns and designs.

Our expert maker, Amala is a former MAKE student herself. She has been an Artist Educator for 15 years, working first with schools and borough councils to develop community arts projects, and later running Access to Art and Foundation degree programmes. She says, “I look forward to seeing the wonderful ideas the group comes up with.”

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This course is possible thanks to funding from Somerset Skills & Learning