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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Laure Gee is an artist and business owner:
I have to draw or create, if I don't, I'm unhappy.