Coworking in the Heartspace

The Heartspace is a large shared coworking space on the top floor of Hackney Downs Studios. 

Through the lens of Heartspace resident and photographer Andy Donohoe, we sat down with a range of artists, designers and makers.   

The Heartspace is a large shared studio featuring 38 individual mini-studios. Each independent artist or start-up has their own dedicated space alongside other makers, writers, photographers, painters, illustrators, costume designers, stylists, artists and other creative industries. There is a peculiar magic in the space which the artists both contribute to and benefit from - if only we could bottle it. We explored the labyrinth of mini studios, and met some of the talented individuals therein.   

Shu Shome, writer:

The worst thing about being a writer is that it's so lonely. It's amazing to have your own space within a social space. There's always somebody making a cup of tea if you want a chat.

Read the mini interview with Shubhodeep Shome.

Natalie Ellner is a creature maker:

It's amazing to have creative support, unconventional colleagues who understand the life of a freelance artist, the highs and lows. When you're stuck, you can ask somebody who comes from a different angle, like a photographer or a painter. It's inspiring.

Read the mini interview with Natalie Ellner.

Print designer Melanie Moon:

Just do it. Jump. I think I always thought 'It has to be the right time', but then when is the right time? Life happens when you are not looking.

Read the mini interview with Melanie Moon.

Ellie, Founder of Iris London:

Designing for a new collection, planning shoots, hand sewing bespoke orders, liaising with factory floor managing production, talking to buyers and press, sending out orders...keeps me busy!

Read the mini interview with Ellie Simpson-Gray.

Linda is a genius with paper:

With creative entrepreneurship, there is a responsibility to earn a living out of what you are doing. You will never really feel complete until you fulfil what you are doing.

Read the mini interview with Linda Toigo.

Heidi is a freelance print designer:

Being at Hackney Downs Studios is like 'creative speed dating'.

Read the mini interview with Heidi Pridham.

Laure Gee is an artist and business owner:

I have to draw or create, if I don't, I'm unhappy.

Read the mini interview with Laura Gee.

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