STORE is an association of designers, architects, artists, writers and engineers originally formed in Bloomsbury six years ago. It brings together expert practitioners who share a common goal: getting more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into applied creative courses, and addressing the social imbalance in art, design and architecture education. Workshops hosted in schools and public spaces across London offer a taste of what creative practice can offer to those who might not otherwise have considered such a path.
The STORE STORE in Coal Drops Yard is STORE’s newest iteration. It hosts weekly after-school clubs for local schoolchildren, taking in a wide spectrum of different forms of product design and fabrication. Split into small groups, students gain industry-level experience in CNC-cutting, glass-blowing, VR, pattern-cutting, laser-cutting and other techniques. With the support and collaboration of the STORE associates, they apply these skills in the design and prototyping of products that are then sold in the shop. Royalties from the sales go to the students or a cause of their choice. These after-school clubs give young people a unique chance to see their ideas go from imagination to reality, from initial conception through to design, prototype, manufacture and retail.