The Make Lounge
Founder, Managing Director
In 2007, magazine journalist Jennifer Pirtle longed for a tactile experience after spending hours each day at her computer. When she looked for a course, her enthusiasm quickly turned to frustration: most courses were weeks long and cost hundreds of pounds. Worse still, their approach to crafting, and their venues, were decidedly old-fashioned.
Borne out of necessity, she created The Make Lounge, offering practical, creative classes with a stylish, social twist. Its founding heralded a fresh new approach to crafting in the UK, and The Make Lounge continues to lead the way with its extensive range of top-notch workshops, bespoke celebrations and innovative business events. We hope you’ll join us!
With a strong background in fashion buying, Nicola is now getting back to her textile design and craft roots. Knitting is her passion but she also loves life drawing classes, travelling and 1980s music! Nicola is always excited about learning new crafting skills, with a lengthy wish list that includes candle making and paper crafts. First on her list? Trying to get to grips with one needle (rather than two) to master the art of crochet.
Kirsty comes from a crafty family – first learning to knit when she was 4 years old. Despite her knitting skills having not greatly advanced sine then, she is a keen sewer, card maker, baker and crafter. When not helping out at The Make Lounge, Kirsty has an occasional stall and online shop where she sells her homemade cards, lavender bags and cushions. She is looking forward to adding to her craft repertoire at The Make Lounge, beginning with the very yummy cupcake design workshops!
Chloe Hamilton is a Fine Art Graduate, specialised in Installation art. When she’s not working at The Make Lounge, she interns for Guerilla Galleries and hopes to combine crafts with an art installation in the near future. She has a huge passion for baking and plans to one day open her own bakery/art shop.
Kate credits her craftiness to her super crafty mum. She started sewing as soon as she was allowed to get her hands on a sewing machine and she has never looked back. Kate still loves sewing but also enjoys jewellery making and baking for friends. She also has a passion for science and dreams of combining her love for science and crafts.
To see more photos visit The Make Lounge’s Flickr profile.