The Cottage Project is a micro-department store in New Cross Gate, South East London, launching in Autumn 2012 consisting of cafe, exhibition and shop space. We are passionate about the process of British making and enjoy sharing this with the community of artists we work with as well as the customers we serve.
Our aim is to promote the quality and craftsmanship of COTTAGE industry produced food, home wares, textiles, accessories, apparel, furniture and art, connecting people to the products they make, use and buy. Our in house events consist of workshops, talks, designer product launches, exhibitions and classes, to engage local people in the making process.
Osian Batyka-Williams and Holly Berry are the founders of The Cottage Project, and as well as doing all of the structural work to the building themselves; rescuing an almost derelict shop, they are both designer-makers, Osian in furniture and product design and Holly in woven textiles. Both are passionate about cottage industry, batch production and contemporary craft and aim to promote, celebrate and support the community of makers they find themselves part of.
Here's our progress so far: