Self Made Studios


What happens when an Accountant, a Fashion Designer , an Illustrator and a Fashion Production Specialist come together .... Self Made Studios!

The Auckland Project in Bishop Auckland was the inspiration and catalyst in bringing four people together who thought they might help the local community.  We started a manufacturing unit which aims to aids Small Medium Enterprises and Employment in the region with our skills and enthusiasm for Fashion and Fashionable Products.

Each person brings vital skills in the organisation set up as a Social Enterprise, a Community Interest Company. This does not mean we do not have our eye on quality and innovation. These are high in our priorities whilst maintaining quality relationships and growth of our staff and colleagues.

Talk to us, we like to make things grow, we like to make relationships work.

Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.....


Hannah Watherston

Hannah started in the industry at 15. She trained in a small design centre moving on to a multi manufacturing sample unit and having fully explored industry, set up her own Bridal Manufacturing unit. Her passion is training others to learn skills needed for this industry. Hannah has set up four training units over the past 30 years in the East End of London working with various designers.

Gillian Gamble

Gillian is an award-winning artist and serial social entrepreneur. She illustrates books and products, runs her own publishing company and has started several successful social enterprises, particularly in cultural leadership and using the arts for change. She was named a BBC Young Citizen of the Year, RealWorld Entrepreneur of the Year, Is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the School for Social Entrepreneurs and has been supported by Unltd and Santander as a social entrepreneur. 

Peter Watherston

Peter is a Chartered Accountant working initially in a Merchant Bank he has spent the last 40 years in setting up Social Enterprises in a variety of fields. 

Sarah Morehead

Sarah's industrial career as a Designer has spanned twenty three years with expertise in special occasion wear working for twelve different UK and Italian labels including Parigi, Alibi Diffusion, Liola and Entente. Her work has retailed Internationally and been selected for actors and celebrities to wear on various BBC TV programmes. 

In 2004 Sarah joined Northumbria University working across all the Fashion Programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.Sarah now plays an active role in Self Made Studios, bringing her skills and expertise to helping other brands establish and grow in 2020.