Acton woodworker wants new business to serve as hub of creativity for aspiring artists and creators
After honing his woodworking skills in his garage over the years, Adam Symonds decided he wanted an outlet for his creativity.
The end result is his new arts-and-crafts business, Symonds Creative, which he hopes will not only give a platform for his own creations, but also those of other aspiring artists.
The 21-year-old, of Newman’s Green in Acton, staged his first exhibition at the former Edinburgh Woollen Mill in North Street in Sudbury on Friday evening, showcasing his handmade furniture, as well as the work of a hand-picked group of creators from the Sudbury area.
Adam explained he had started out teaching himself woodworking while still at school, but had no idea what he wanted to do after leaving sixth-form, until a recent opportunity to become a full-time carpenter at a joinery provided the impetus for his new venture.
“I pretty much started out making birthday presents for family,” he told the Free Press. “I made a little coffee table for my sister, I made house signs and things like that.
“Essentially, it was self-taught to begin with, looking at videos on YouTube and getting stuck in, experimenting in my garage and seeing what works and what doesn’t.
“I was enjoying making things and giving them to people, and they were appreciating having something that was handmade.
“I really enjoyed woodworking and wanted to get into it more. I’ve been working on these projects in my garage for the past year.”
Other creators showcased at Friday’s exhibition included photographer Hattie Darling, handmade fixtures and fittings maker Ross Holmes, and graphic designer Alexia Gortsilas, all from Sudbury, plus Long Melford artist George Coll, and bespoke steelwork makers Charlie Baker and Will Jurgens, of Glemsford and Acton, respectively.
Adam, who formerly worked for two-and-a-half years at Torque Bikes in Cross Street, is now planning to stage creative pop-up sessions at the vacant Woollen Mill site over the next few months.
He said his initial goal is to spread the word about his work and build his business through commissions, and eventually provide an avenue for other creators to show off and sell their wares.
If this is successful, his ambition is ultimately to have a permanent location for the business.
“With Symonds Creative, I want it to be a hub of creativity,” he added.
“I want to keep it local, because I’ve been in this area my whole life. It’s always going to be local pieces, local artists and local creatives.
“A lot of the stuff I’m doing is quite different. I want to see people’s reactions and see what they think.
“I’m always going to be doing my own thing, but any ideas for collaborations, any people who wanted to get involved, I would love them to get in contact.”
To find out more about Symonds Creative or to get in touch about a potential collaboration, go online to www.symondscreative.com.