Open for seven years in Toulouse, the DIY workshop is expanding with the creation of the first third place dedicated to manual know-how.
In full expansion in Toulouse, the landscape of third places is preparing to welcome a newcomer of an unprecedented kind. Located in the Fondeyre area, north of the city, the DIY workshop has decided to expand to create a new space entirely dedicated to manual know-how.
Social and solidarity economy
A new course for this structure created in 2014 by Laurent Huret, a former aeronautical engineer, to allow everyone to indulge in the joys of DIY. “Over the past seven years, the offer has grown with, in particular, numerous thematic workshops, but also the provision of workbenches to support people in their personal projects. This idea of a third place was born from the desire of the structure to further expand its services but also from the needs expressed by the people who frequent the place ”, says Delphine Lebreton, newcomer responsible for the development of the structure within the framework. of the Social and Solidarity Economy.
Pottery, carpentry, sewing, screen printing …
Attached to the DIY workshop in a 450 m² room, the third place of manual know-how will offer shared spaces for testing, discovering and practicing a host of craft activities. On the program: pottery, mosaic, leather goods, stained glass, basketry, sewing, weaving, screen printing, photography, engraving, upcycling or carpentry … Grouped by family of craftsmen, the spaces will welcome individuals who will be able to benefit from supervision, just like professional craftsmen in search of locality and cooperation.
A social phenomenon
“Do it yourself is a real social phenomenon. Among the people who are at the origin of the project, several are in professional retraining and seek to give meaning to their activity through professional manuals ”, reveals Delphine Lebreton. Big advantage of the third place, the craftsmen, who usually work quite alone, can share their problems. A showroom area is even planned to allow them to present their work.
Shared gardens, flea markets, markets, concerts …
In addition to the transmission and perpetuation of sometimes very old know-how, the objective of the Atelier des DIYeurs team is to create a living space open to the neighborhood. Thus, the third place will also be composed of shared gardens, a wooden play area, or a relaxation area. Local farmers’ markets, flea markets as well as concerts and other shows can be organized. Likewise, a multipurpose room may be made available to neighborhood associations, as well as to public or private groups.
A true global philosophy which is also found in the work prior to opening. Indeed, since September 15, several participatory projects are regularly organized in the cooperative spirit that inhabits the structure. On the website of the DIY workshop, everyone can register to come and lend a hand, whatever your knowledge, for half a day or a whole day. Another way to support the project, a crowdfunding campaign has also been set up before the opening of this new third place in Toulouse, scheduled for October 15.