Also making something physical, I don’t really like working on a computer very much. If I am out and about and I am not painting the wall it is also nice when lots of different people are around and you get to chat to people and you get inspired by them because you are talking about what they are doing and you are telling them about your project.
I love planning my ‘must-see craft events’ for the coming year; 2019 looks like being a particularly great year of craft (including an excuse for a weekend in Paris), so here’s my top 5:
As an employee of New Brewery Arts, part of a small team running a busy office, the chance to participate in one of our fantastic workshops doesn’t come up very often. But, with a goal of finally being ready for Christmas well in advance, instead of just skidding into Christmas Eve,
Each year on Armistice Day, the 11th November at 11am, we remember and honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom by holding a two minute silence.
Crafted for Christmas is our annual festive exhibition that takes over our shop and gallery and even our onsite makers’ studios. Crafted for Christmas offers visitors the chance to acquire something truly unique and special, either as gift or for the home; it’s a visual feast for the eyes.
Our course and workshop programme continues to thrive and develop as people look to crafts to unwind, but this August was the first time we had organised a group of workshops which really allowed the participants to develop their skills over 2 or 3 days.
It’s all very well going to an exhibition and admiring what is on show - or maybe thinking ‘my five year old could do better than that’.And it’s fine to be an observer and learner about craft, appreciating the skill and imagination that goes into creating works of art and craft. But it’s quite another to be inspired to think ‘well, i might try that’
Since I started working here at New Brewery Arts I've done a lot of things; I’ve set up exhibitions, manned stalls at festivals, led a kid’s ceramics class, made beds, given talks, cleaned sinks, written reports and sent countless emails. But the thing I hadn’t yet done was take part in a workshop.