Self Build

A project exploring self-built shacks and shelters across Waltham Forest, including the innovative use of found materials and often self taught building techniques.


Lucy is looking for people who have made their own sheds, shacks, shelters, furniture or tools, and would like to photograph the structures and find out more about how they are made.

If you can help or know someone who can please contact Lucy:


Phone: 07537 180033




Self Build: Furniture from Found Materials

Blackhorse Workshop, Walthamstow

Wednesday 22 August, 2018
Saturday 8 September, 2018
Sunday 9 September, 2018

Price: £150   Book

A weekend workshop exploring community spaces and recycled materials – make your own chair or other item using found and recycled materials of your choice.

This course is part of artist Lucy Harrison’s project Self Build  – a project exploring self-built sheds, shacks, shelters and community spaces across Waltham Forest, in gardens, allotments and other locations. Lucy is documenting these structures and collecting stories of how they came to be made. Many of these structures utlilise found materials sourced from streets, skips, industrial estates or given by friends, and make accidentally creative juxtapositions. At a time when many new developments are being built in the area, these grassroots and community constructions show how people make their own spaces for socialising, hobbies or food growing.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create your own chair using materials you have collected – this could include wood, metal, plastic, signage or objects. Participants will be encouraged to source and bring their own found materials, to be discussed at the design workshop on the 22nd August, and some basic materials will also be provided. They could be things with sentimental value you want to put to good use or visually interesting things you have found.

The chairs made by the group will then be used as furniture for a shared meal at the end of the workshop. All objects made will be photographed to be included in Lucy Harrison’s Self Build project.

Course Structure:

22nd August, 7 – 8.30pm : Design evening workshop
Sharing ideas, looking at possible construction methods in preparation for the workshop in September. Including background to Lucy’s project and other examples of furniture provided by Blackhorse Workshop.

8th & 9th September, 10am – 4pm : Building Your Chair
Following a design session, we will start to construct the items in the afternoon. At 4pm on Sunday we will have shared food and drink – feel free to bring contributions especially anything home grown!






Funded by Arts Council England and an Arts Development Grant from Waltham Forest Council.