{ Traditional crafts/trades, and maker/hacker-spaces }

Organisations, Meetups & Workshops, Markets, Directory

Compared to traditional craft workshops, a makerspace provides tools for members and/or the community for projects with an emphasis on traditional tools (e.g. saws, drills etc for wood and metal work). A hackerspace may provide similar functions, but emphasises high-tech resources, e.g. laser cutters and 3D printers.

Major Organisations/Groups

[Also see the Arts and Design page, as some organisations have shared interests]

Crafts (Traditional)

Makerspaces (Low-Tech)

  • Men's Sheds of WA (MSWA) | Link to PDF Listing of Sheds by Location - a list of WA Men's Sheds, i.e. community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisations accessible to all men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and welcoming environment where men can work on meaningful projects. A major objective is to advance the health and well being of male members and to encourage social inclusion.
  • Women's Shed - the Wangarang women's shed is designed to run in a similar fashion to the well established “Men’s Shed”. We believe that this project is the first of its kind in NSW and runs with a trades based theme rather than the typical women’s activities like sewing and craft. Its aim is to offer a safe environment for all women, who have little to no support and want to learn new skills to enhance their independence.

Hackerspaces (High-Tech)

  • The Perth Artifactory - a Hackerspace/Makerspace in Perth, Western Australia. We currently occupy a large warehouse unit in Osborne Park and which is populated with tools, technology, desks and workstations. Essentially we are a communal workshop where members who join get access to the tools and machinery in the space to make anything that they want. We are run by volunteers(members) and currently have over 65 financial members and hundreds of regular visitors for our workshops and events.
  • The Swan's Nest - Swan’s Nest is Blazing Swan’s warehouse space in Fremantle. It’s where the Blaze is born each year. Our warehouse space is available for short and long term use for Blazing Swan theme camps, art & construction projects, mutant art cars, and community projects. Has cutting, metal, wood and tech workshops for mixed uses.
  • West Coast Makers | MeetUp Listing - In the WCM space you’ll find people into electronics, CNC, 3D Printing, embedded software, metal working, music, art, video, CAD, electric cars and much more.

Meetups & Workshops

  • We Teach Me > Craft Classes in Perth - Ever looked at an inspiring Pinterest craft project and dreamed you could create something just as beautiful? Stop dreaming and get creating with our vast range of craft classes and craft workshops in Perth.
  • Stackwood > Workshops - housed in a former diesel workshop, the Stackwood community encompasses a concept store full of plants and makers wares, studios, an event space and a cafe. Our mission is a simple one: to encourage a more wholesome way of living. Let’s meet our neighbours and share a nourishing meal. Let’s learn new (in fact, old) skills like propagating, crafting, cooking and making. Let’s invest in useful products that are good for us and good for our environment.
  • Craftbound > Workshops - practical, hands on, relaxing workshops that will easily fit into your busy schedule.
  • Calico & Ivy > Classes - a range of classes, primarily in quilting.
  • Urban List - The Best Workshops in Perth (Holly Nichols, 21 Nov 2017), includes:
    • Work-Shop (Fremantle)
    • Perth Wood School (Belmont)
    • Fremantle Arts Centre (Fremantle)
    • Arts Space Collective (Scarborough)
    • Fox and Rabbit (Perth CBD)
    • Five Senses Coffee Training Room (Northbridge)
    • Clean Slate (Fremantle)
    • Classie's (Maylands)
    • Contemporary Metal (Osborne Park)
    • The Cheese Maker (Swan Valley)
    • Common Candle Co. (Various)
    • Succulent Sistas (Scarborough and Myaree)
    • Cabernet and Canvas (Various)
    • Matters of Taste (Mount Pleasant)
    • Photoh (Perth CBD)
    • Stackwood (Fremantle)
    • West Australian Ballet (Highgare)
    • Little Leaf Co (Myaree)
    • House of Hobby (Various)
    • Life With Paint (Perth CBD)

Meet Up Listings:

  • Meet Ups > Craft Listings:
    • Perth Crafts Meetup
    • Stitch-Whit's in Perth
    • Perth Crochet in a Cafe
    • Crochet Play
    • Craft Bound -Arts and Crafts for Adults
    • The Paper Academy
    • Settlers Stitchers
    • Stitch Classes at Settlers Vottage
    • Scarborough Crafts
    • Glass Creative Workshops
    • Perth Glass Bead and Jewellery Makers
  • MeetUps > Tech Listings, including:
    • Perth Machine Learning Group
    • Morning Startup - Perth
    • Front End Web Developers Perth
    • SkillGym Perth
    • DevOps Perth
    • Advanced Analytics, Beautifully Engineered, Perthh
    • Perth Computational Design Group
    • R-Ladies Perth
    • Junior Developers Perth
    • Perth Technology Startups Co-Founders Meetup
    • Perth iOS Developers
    • Perth Linux Users Group
    • Electronics hobbists and engineers Perth
    • and others...

Craft Markets

[This just lists a few markets with an artisan focus; see Community page for full market listings, as most have stalls for arts and crafts]

Perth Creatives Directory