Make it! is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to provide high quality art and craft projects to the community. Make it! projects are particularly focused on enabling vulnerable adults with mild/moderate learning difficulties/disabilities to access a safe, fun and fulfilling learning environment; a creative space to make beautiful, interesting art and craft work while developing independence, communication and social skills through meeting new people in different venues and working together as part of a group.
Make it! is co-founded by Alison Coe and Sophie Standford
Since 1986 Alison has taught in a wide variety of places including hospitals, prisons, day centres, hospices, children’s after school clubs, children’s parties and adult education colleges.
She completed her teaching qualification in 2002, and since then has concentrated on working with adults with mild/moderate learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
Alison’s main areas of work are textiles, papermaking, mosaic and screen printing. As an artist, she makes stitched textile pieces and mosaics and has exhibited and sold work over many years.
Alison studied at Derby University gaining a National Diploma in General Vocational Design, a Higher National Diploma in Textile Design, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Textile Art at Goldsmiths College, London.
Sophie has worked as an artist and artist in residence since 1994 making work using film, video, photography, performance, drawing, painting, printmaking, pottery, mosaics, crochet and wood carving.
As a fully qualified teacher since 2001 she has led a wide range of courses and workshops to adults, schools and programmes for adults with mild/moderate learning difficulties and/or disabilities in drawing and painting, life drawing, printmaking, pottery, video animation and horticulture.
As a documentary film maker, Sophie has been capturing festivals, workshops, performances, crafts people and musicians for the last 6 years.
Sophie studied Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University and Enterprise and Management of the Creative Arts, London College of Communication.