Linley Makers summer School opens today at messum’s wiltshire

To celebrate 30 years of British craftsmanship, LINLEY opened its first Summer School at a Messums Wiltshire today.


“I had the privilege of being taught by the famed John Makepeace at Parnham House School for Craftsmen in Wood, a course that like so many has now sadly closed. It is my passionate belief that we should utilise the imaginative and creative resources of this country to their maximum potential and with workshop spaces and hands-on making courses disappearing at an alarming rate, I hope the LINLEY Summer School will be the beginning of an arts and crafts movement in the 21st Century.”

David Linley, Founder and Chairman of LINLEY


The week-long course is being  taught by Jonathan Rose, marquetry expert and fine furniture maker for LINLEY since 1997, and William Warren, award-winning designer and draftsman, and senior lecturer in furniture design at The CASS. The Summer School, which is being held at Messum’s Wiltshire, a magnificent Tithe Barn in Wiltshire, will also host a programme of guest lecturers and craftsmen including Gareth Neale, Bill Amberg, and Matthew Hilton.

“There’s a very unhealthy move in design education, away from making in favour of everything happening on screens. Of course, CAD is now a vital part of design but the notion that you can replace an understanding of materials, making skills and structure with a 3D render is very wrong”.

William Warren, Senior Lecturer in Furniture Design, The CASS

While British craftsmanship and design is renowned the world over, the LINLEY workshops are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit young people, many of whom are unaware of the career opportunities in craft and making. As workshop spaces continue to face threat of closure, the LINLEY Summer School aims to drive awareness of the crucial need for more hands-on making courses in this country, bringing aspiring young designers one step closer to becoming masters of their craft and safeguarding the future of British craftsmanship for years to come.

“So many of the designers that we interview don’t know how to make stuff, because workshops in design schools are expensive and computers are cheaper. That’s just tragic, that you can spend four years of your life studying the design of three dimensional objects and not make one.”

Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice-President of Design, Apple (and LINLEY customer).


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