Front Room Factories

Art in Manufacturing’s portrait of eight kitchen-table makers showcases the forefront of the domestic manufacturing revolution.

Co-commissioned by Super Slow Way and The National Festival of Making, O Production’s Front Room Factories is an intimate and inspiring portrait of Lancashire’s home-based makers. Eight domestic creators invited Front Room Factories through their front doors, revealing an industry producing fusion pies, ceramics, cigar box guitars, african biscuits, petrol can lights, tableware, jewellery and more.

A reminder of just how much you can do with what you have, Front Room Factories champions the creative spirits working in our midst.

Watch Front Room Factories in full here



Created by

Simon and Ted Williams : O Production

Graphics by Stephen Caton : Source Creative


Zainab Bilal / Pie Mezzenae

Rizwana Matadar / Cover Me 

Alex Devol / Wood Woven

Graham ‘Rod’ Rodgerson / Woodcrafts by Rod 

Verity Evans / Oh You Pretty Things 

Ami Gleeson / Ida & Rudy 

Lee Walsh / Lee Walsh 

Fatima Patel / Tempting Delights 

Including – ‘Blackburn to the Fore’, a choral arrangement of William Billington’s poem for Jamie Holman’s residency at Roach Bridge Tissues. Performed by the incomparable Blackburn People’s Choir.

Read more about Front Room Factories here


12th - 13th May 2018 | Blackburn, Lancashire

The National Festival of Making Delivery Team


The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund