From Work Experience to London Fashion Week

When Cabrini Roy arrived at Making Space in 2012 for two weeks of work experience, having her own studio and her work at London Fashion Week would have been the stuff of dreams. Now that dream is a reality as the Havant-based craft organisation welcomes Cabrini as its newest resident maker.

Fareham-based Cabrini recalls why she chose Making Space for her work experience placement a seven years ago:

“I was looking for a fun, creative and inspiring place to do my work experience, somewhere I could learn and expand my knowledge. I picked Making Space because of the atmosphere, it had a creative vibe that I adored and I knew I wanted to learn from this community.

The makers really inspired me, I loved the passion they had for their work, how hard-working each maker was, the amount of effort they gave to their work and how each individual tenant had their own talents and stories to tell. I still remember those makers and they inspire me day-by-day. I think it’s so important to be inspired at a young age because those are the memories that will drive you to keep on going, to keep on chasing that dream. And that’s exactly what Making Space did for me.”

Inspired by her time at Making Space, after school Cabrini went on to study at Highbury College before enrolling on an art foundation course at University for the Creative Arts, where she received a Distinction foundation diploma. Last year Cabrini graduated from the London College of Fashion with an honours degree in BA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear.

And it seems like there are more exciting times ahead for this young local designer as she has been contacted by Fashion’s Finest to showcase with them during London Fashion Week, an incredible achievement for a recent graduate and such a young designer.

Cabrini adds “The difference Making Space has made to my business is endless, I now have a professional place to work, design and get creative in that I feel at home in. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Making Space has given me, for letting me grow my business in one of their studios and letting me be a part of their community. I hope others are inspired to know that your dreams and goals are worth investing in, that from the passion and talent you have, as long as you pursue it, you’ll find happiness because you are doing what you love! To never give up because you are capable.”

Ami Hyde, Making Space’s programming and outreach co-ordinator, says, “Making Space is a great multi-artist venue and we’re delighted to welcome Cabrini as one of our professional makers. Her story is an inspiration and we’re so pleased her brief time with us a few years ago has led to the success she’s now enjoying. That’s what Making Space is all about – supporting and developing creative individuals”

Anyone interested in meeting Cabrini and talking to her about her business, recent successes and future plans can do just that during Hampshire Open Studios. This countywide event opens up artist and maker studios to the general public, enabling creative folk and craft lovers the opportunity to explore real studio spaces and meet the makers behind the artwork. Making Space will be open from 11am-4pm on the 17, 19 & 20 August, and many of the venue’s professional makers will be on hand to chat, demonstrate and share their passion for craft.

More information can be found online at or by calling the office on 023 9247 2491

Nathan Chapman
Posted on Wed, 21/08/2019 - 11:25