Making Of the Makeshop Spaces

Makeshop is a creative placemaking project in the Elk City neighborhood of Charleston, West Virginia. We’ve collaborated with over 30 local artists and craftspeople to renovate 4,000 sq. ft. of a 1920's abandoned building — home of a former neighborhood trophy shop — into art + design studio space, artist live/work lofts, and a growing community of artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs.

Breathing life back into old spaces is an imperfect, slow-grow process, learning and discovering the life and history of the space as we go.

A majority of folks working on the building were trying something they had never done before. A union plumber took a stab at welding our storefront, a sculpture artist arranged the floor, a graphic designer drew her first floorplans, a landscape architect did her first cement form work. The apprentices of WomenWorkWV had many construction firsts here. This building is a work in progress for folks to try their hand skilling up. It is full of many different, beautifully imperfect first tries.

JAMES DAY

Jim was a WV legend…making neon signs for over 5 decades.

NIK BOTKIN

Mailman by day…artist, welder, visionary all the time in between.

MEGAN PAYNE

What started as plumbing job for a union welder turned into turned into a creative awakening. Megan welded our storefronts and has expanded into furniture making.

DANIELLE MAZZEO

KAYLEIGH PHILLIPS

MARAM MOUSHMOUSH

ED BAILEY

RACHEL + WV WOMEN WORK

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