Jax is an accomplished artist and teacher who established her mobile crafts business in the autumn of 2007. She has a passion for teaching and had many years of experience using arts as a means of engagement, with a particular focus on engaging with people who are not confident in their ability to be creative. She has an interest in providing activities that involve reusing, re-inventing materials, and using natural materials as well as creating large-scale art projects. Jax offers a variety of different creative arts experiences that enable participants to develop new and existing skills and confidence in their own abilities to be creative. Jax works with many different organisations providing tailor-made activities for a variety of audiences including the local authority, the voluntary and public sector, schools, museums, libraries and private businesses. Jax also works with longer-term commissioned art projects and provides a variety of workshops directly to the public.

Whether you are a beginner or with some experience, why not try willow sculpting this year?




Recycle and Sew

About us: With care and love Recycle and Sew can repair and revamp your vintage pieces, as well as offer a high quality and affordable alterations service. They also run courses on dressmaking, sewing, pattern cutting etc. Workshops are targeted at different levels, ages and abilities and with different outcomes, enabling as broad as possible cross-section of the community to become involved, the intention is that the workshops are open and embracing. Even if you don’t have a machine already, you can borrow theirs for the courses because they cater for a beginner to a more advanced dressmaker in you!

"I know whatever mood I wake up in, by the end of class I leave laughing and happy!" 



Tel01489 896535 or 07920 805125



Beautiful Justice

Beautiful Justice is a locally run small business, selling a range of small fair trade gifts, including pocket-money type gifts for children. We can bring stalls to events and meetings.



Photographic Products

A unique range of products designed and made in Southampton, celebrating 50 years of Southampton being a city. They have been created to “Share the Essence” of Southampton and for consumers to find out more through exploration. Featuring the skills of the community of independent artists, designers, businesses and their work, these products aim to encourage tourism and economic development with education within the City. The principal designer, Ann MacGillivray, who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Product Design with Marketing from Solent University (Southampton Institute), believes in “A Fair Days Work for a Fair Days Pay” and “Quality, not Quantity”. Production processes are as environmentally friendly as they can be and no-one has been exploited in the creation of these designs. A percentage of the profit from each sale will be ploughed back into the subject of each creation, to assist the contributor with their funding. 


Tel: 07478 316306

Address: 31 Cox's Drive, Sholing, Southampton, Hampshire, SO19 9LS


The Art House

The Art House is a for-purpose, not-for-profit social enterprise with the aims to provide a place for people to gather to make art and create positive change; to address social/ecological challenges; remind people they are conscious and powerful creators; to run and finance independent of large-scale funders, corporate sponsors, or government; and to generate an income without externalizing costs to the detriment of people, animals, and the planet. For the Art house, sustainability and ethical choices have always been at their heart and they implement this into everything they do, e.g. the food on their menu is made with organic, Fairtrade, and locally sourced products whenever possible. They are also host workshops, live music and sell local crafts amongst other things.

With plenty going on, why not pop down to the Art House and support this vibrant community! 

Address: 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW



Tel: 023 80238582


Tools for Self Reliance

Tools for Self Reliance is a small UK based charity working to help relieve poverty in Africa. Their approach to development is to focus on the artisan sector in rural communities. They have a small number of staff and hundreds of volunteers who help to collect and refurbish tools, and who actively campaign against the causes of poverty. There are many ways you can help too by supporting the charity with tools, giving your time as a volunteer, coming along to one of their events, making donations, as well as fundraising on their behalf. With the tools and training, people’s lives can change as they can earn a living and make material changes for themselves and their family.



Tel: 023 8086 9697

Address: Ringwood Road, Netlev Marsh, Southampton, SO40 7GY


Crafty Coffee

Come meet for coffee and bring along any craft project you may be working on at the time. Some of the members are teaching others to knit, while some are learning to sew, cross stitch, embroidery, the list goes on. If you have spare 'materials' you are prepared to share, do bring along some for people to try their hand at something different. This group is also for people who have never made anything before. Come along empty handed to see if making is your thing! The group is open to anyone of any age who is available and interested in attending. Our primary aims are to forge relationships, and of course to share in each other’s' expertise and delight in each other’s creations. 

When: Every Friday between 9.30 and 11.30 am

Where: Trago Lounge, 190-192 Portswood Road  Southampton, SO17 2LB



So Make It

‘So Make It’ is a non-profit MakerSpace in Southampton – a friendly and inclusive place for people who like making things to sharing knowledge, experience, and tools. Current interests are subject of wood and metal work, costume design, craft, photography, and technology (3D printing, robotics, quad-copters, home automation, computers, and programming). Membership is not required to use the space, so pop in during their opening hours and start making things!

Address: Unit F, Pitt Road, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3FQ

Opening hours: MakerSpace (Electronics/Tech)

                           Tuesday 7:30 pm – 10 pm

                           Thursday 7:30 pm – 10 pm

                           Southampton Shed (Woodwork/Mechanical)

                           Tuesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

                           Friday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm







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Contact the Southampton Sustainability Directory