Odel Jeffries is a designer & maker working on bespoke furniture projects, and domestic and commercial architecture projects. He works on projects ranging in scale, including architectural models, artist installations, gallery and museum renovations and shop fit-outs.
With a background in architecture, Odel graduated with a Professional Diploma in Architecture (DipArch RIBA II) at London Metropolitan University in 2010. He was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal 2010, in addition to being featured in Building Design’s ‘Class of 2010’ and the Architecture Review’s ‘Top Ten London Architecture Units’.
Alongside spatial design and architecture, Odel has an enthusiastic attitude towards a ‘hands on approach’ to design & making. Based at, and operating out of Blackhorse Workshop in Walthamstow, he has a keen interest in community based ventures and creative collaboration.
Christina French studied Fine Furniture at the Building Crafts College in Stratford and has a keen interest in working with local hard woods and traditional techniques. Christina is also a part time technician at Blackhorse Workshop and runs women only and creative inductions for new members.
Enrique Melin has been a technician with Blackhorse Workshop for the past 3 years. He has helped develop the workshop’s education program and various courses, along with running the woodturning for beginners course. Enrique actively explores new techniques and materiality within his wood turning along with expanding the new lathe inductions and advanced wood turning courses.
Along side this he had a hands on part in building the extension to Blackhorse Workshop, the community pop up project ‘Side Show’, installations within William Morris Gallery, along with local private and collaborative community projects.
Lauren Wilson graduated from The Slade School of Art in 2014 with an MA in Sculpture. Her work has been shown at Saatchi New Sensations, Bosse and Baum Gallery, Index festival, and The National Sculpture Symposium. Selected awards include The Wilhelmina Barnes Graham Scholarship, The Clare Winston Memorial Award and the Royal Society of Sculptors Award. Lauren is a tutor at Blackhorse Workshop specialising in metalwork and mould making, she has worked on fabrication projects with Greenpeace, The Wellcome Trust and Grayson Perry.
Lua Garcia is a London based furniture and product designer/maker. Since graduating from The Cass School of Design with a BA (Hons) in Furniture Making and Product Design, she has taken to experimenting with a range of materials to see how relationships can be forged between them when used together; finally narrowing them down to wood, textiles, leather and ceramics as the main materials.
While working on bespoke furniture commissions and shop fit-outs alike, she is now taking the time prototype, develop and make a range of furniture and products principally led by clean, functional and honest design.
William Morris Gallery
Gort Scott Architects
Barker Shorten Architects
The Cass, London Metropolitan University
Eastern Mediterranean University
The Water Trust (ARCSR)
Kinnersley Kent Design
Feed Me Primal
Victoria & Albert Museum Shop