Category Archives: What’s On

Craft in Focus – monthly newsletter

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This month’s Featured Makers Lesley and Adrian of Partners in Pewter

Each month we feature the work of a different artist/maker on our website. Take a look and find out about their inspiration, how they create the work and generally what makes them and their work unique.
October: Partners in Pewter
Adrian and Lesley Doble of Partners in Pewter design and make a unique range of gifts in modern pewter. Their skills base allows them to produce tailor-made items for special occasions whether they are formal and prestigious or un-conventional and contemporary.

View the Work
Partners In Pewter and their work can be seen at the following events:

Hyde Hall, Essex – 12-13 October

Wellington College, Crowthorne – 25-27 October

Sevenoaks School – 1-3 November

RHS Garden Wisley – 27 November – 1 December

Contact Us
Tel: 01622 747 325
info@craftinfocus.com
http://www.craftinfocus.com

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Art and Craft Workshops in Stony Stratford

Pottery – Morning, Noon & Night !
Courses or workshops in the daytime, evening and weekends will be starting soon and are suitable for all levels. Let us help you make as much as you can !
4 weeks : Thurs 17th Oct (6-830 pm) and Mon 4th Nov (10-1230 am)
1 day ; Mon 28th Oct and Sat 23rd Nov
Other Classes Beginning in October
4 week courses : Drawing & Painting for Beginners on Wed 16th (6-830 pm) and Introduction to Oil Painting on Wed 30th (130-4 pm)
1 day Workshops : Photography on Sat 5th Oct ; Mixed Media Madness on Thurs 10 Oct ; Oil Painting on Wed 23rd Oct ; Sugarcraft on Fri 25th Oct
0.5 day Workshops : Acrylics on Sat 19th Oct ; Card Making on Thurs 10th Oct and Sat 26th Oct

All our classes are limited to a maximum of only 6 students so you receive all the individual support and personal attention you need.

Roger Whittaker
Stani Gallery
01908 567656
http://www.thestanistudios.co.uk
70 High Street
Stony Stratford

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Craft and Design Experience

Craft and DesignThe Craft & Design Experience will be held from 21-23 June in Henley on Thames and will feature a number of workshops and demonstrations to enable you to experience the creative processes involved in contemporary craft. As well as these workshops and demonstrations, there will be nearly 200 exhibitors displaying and selling their work as well as a wide range of entertainment making this event a must-visit whatever the weather. Here’s a selection of some of the workshops being featured at the event this year. We hope you will try some of these.

Book tickets in advance and save money!

Advance tickets on sale until 6 June. To order telephone 01622 747 325 or visit our website.

Workshops and Activities

Ocarina Playing
Have a go at playing a fully chromatic, concert pitch pottery vessel flutes and ocarinas.

Throw A Pot!
Have a go at throwing on the potter’s wheel. Suitable for all ages. Pots can be fired and glazed. Glaze colours can be seen on the work being exhibited.

Felt Making
This workshop enables you to make your own piece of handmade felt to take away.

Scarecrow Making
A fun workshop for younger visitors wishing to make a scarecrow!

Clay Sculpture
Handbuilding clay sculpture workshop run by international wildlife sculptor, Jan Sweeney.

Didgeridoo Experience
Interactive flute and didgeridoo experience by the maker, Ray Brook.

Batik Workshop
Learn about batik and make your own piece of batik.

Singing Workshop (Saturday only)
The Barberettes are Berkshire’s premier ladies a cappella group renowned for their energetic and passionate renditions of popular songs from the 1920s to the current day. Why not join them in a singing workshop to learn a song in four part harmony?

Caricatures
Demonstrating the art of caricaturing. Drawing on the spot cartoon portraits and contemporary art. Have a caricature done of yourself and your family.

Ceramic Decorating
An enjoyable workshop decorating ceramic hanging ornaments (hearts, animals, beach huts) with mixed media. Ready to take away in an hour and suitable for adults and children.

Make a Fabric Sculpture
Explore your artistic talents and make a beautiful fabric sculpture. Each workshop will consist of between 8-10 people which will allow Susan personally to help and encourage you while you create your own masterpiece to take home. Contact Susan for advance booking and more information: susan@susanlongsculpture.com

Blacksmithing Workshop
Have a go a creating your own metalwork to take home!

Don’t miss this exciting event – a showcase of the best handmade designer crafts in the UK. The Craft and Design Experience has earned an enviable reputation for selecting only the very best professional designers, artists and craftmakers and, unlike some other craft events, has a strict policy of not allowing any imported, mass-produced or bought in work to be displayed.

Sugarcraft Workshop in Stony Stratford

sugarcraft - white rosesGood Enough to Eat ?

Well they are !

On our new Art of Sugarcraft workshops, you can create a stunning collection of cake decorations and sugarcraft models for the perfect dressing of that special cake. Our first one day workshops are for Chocolate Roses, Leaves and Fans on Mon 11th Feb and Fri 8th Mar for people wishing to learn the art of sugarcraft. They are suitable for both those who have never worked with the medium before and for those wishing to extend their skills.

Full step-by-step project instructions detailing the workshop content will be available to take home with you and all materials and equipment are provided. There are only 6 places available on each workshop so book early to avoid disappointment.

The Stani Studios is located at 70A High Street in Stony Stratford in close proximity to all amenities and free car parking. You can see more details and book online at The Stani Studios or call 01908 56 76 56 or visit The Stani Gallery for more

 

Mr X Stitch Introduces – Craftivist Collective’s Jigsaw Project

MK Gallery – 900 Silbury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3QA

Thursday 3rd January 2013 – 6.30pm

#imapieceJoin Milton Keynes’ very own Mr X Stitch (aka Jamie Chalmers) for an evening of stitching with a purpose. Take part in Craftivist Collective’s Jigsaw Project and create embroidered puzzle pieces with provocative messages in support of Save The Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign.

Next year, the G8 summit will be held in the UK, which means our Government is in a prime position to put world hunger at the top of the agenda. The Jigsaw Project aims to raise awareness and show that the craft community thinks these issues are important.

Jamie will be speaking about his trip to Indonesia with Save The Children and the rest of the project team – Craftivist Collective founder Sarah Corbett, who will also be there on the night, graffiti knitter Lauren O’Farrell, and Craft Blog UK’s Hilary Pullen.

Craftivist Collective was set up in 2009 with the aim of tackling poverty and injustice through non-violent creative action. This type of “slow activism” allows you to stop and reflect on important issues, changing yourself as well as the world. Could trying your hand at craftivism be your New Year’s Resolution?

Visit http://imapiece.craftivist-collective.com/ for more project information, and www.savethechildren.org.uk/craftivist to sign Save The Children’s online petition.

Paper Crafts at HCS, Stony Stratford

papercarftbannerStony Stratford High Street is becoming THE place to shop and always busy and bustling with crafters, HCS Crafts in Stony Stratford have now opened a new Paper Crafts Shop at 4 Timor Court, Stony Stratford.

Check out their website at www.hcscrafts.co.uk – packed with information and supplies for knitting, stitching and more about the new paper crafts department.

HCS Crafts, 73b High Street, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK11 1AY

Christmas Fair – Red Dot Gallery

We would love you to come along to our upcoming Arts,Crafts and Food Fair at Icknield High School.
Taking place on Saturday 24th November from 12pm – 4pm, the fair will have a Christmas theme so it is the perfect place to find some extra special and original gifts!
Entry is just 50p (free for under 5’s) with all proceeds going to Icknield High School.
If you could help us out by advertising our event anywhere please let us know and we will send you a poster/flyers or simply print out the attached (higher quality) image. Alternatively you could just forward this information to anyone you feel may be interested!
For further information contact me on the address below.
Look forward to seeing some of you there!
Kind Regards,
Sam Lavin
Samantha Lavin
Specialist Schools Community Co-ordinator
Icknield Red Dot Gallery
Icknield High School
Riddy Lane
Luton
LU3 2AH
01582 591903
reddotgallery@hotmail.com
facebook.com/reddotgallery

Stani Gallery – Art and Craft Workshops

Something New ?
Short Courses Starting Soon

Each course consists of 2-2.5 hour classes over 4 weeks, so you can try something new without too much commitment. And with only 6 students per class you will receive all the personal attention and support you need. All materials and refreshments are included.

The Art of Photography – Wed 24 Oct (eve) or Fri 16 Nov (am)

Pottery – Mon 29 Oct (am) or Tue 30 Oct (eve)

Jewellery Making – Mon 12 Nov (eve)

Watercolour for Beginners – Tues 6 Nov (am)

Introduction to Drawing & Painting – Thurs 8 Nov (am)

Beginners Mosaics – Tues 13 Nov (am)
New One day Workshops

Mosaic Mirrors
Unlock your creative skills and learn how to make a beautiful mosaic mirror using colourful glass and ceramic tiles. This makes a wonderful gift or piece to hang in your own home. 10am – 4pm Fri 2nd Nov

Christmas Mosaics
Come and enjoy making a beautiful mosaic pot stand, mirror or simply a piece of art using a range of glass and ceramic tiles. These make wonderful and unique presents but you may not wish to part with them! 10am – 4pm Fri 7th Dec

Stained Glass – Garden Panel
Introduction to the techniques of leading so you can take home a garden panel at the end of the day.
10am – 6pm Sat 2nd Feb

Stained Glass – Pastels for Animal & Wildlife
Introduction to foiling so you can take home a piece of stained glass art at the end of the day.
10am – 6pm Sat 2nd Mar

Suitable for all beginners with all materials, refreshments and light lunch included.

News from Myra Hutton

Shows
Once again I will be exhibiting at Towcester Craft and Design Show, Towcester Racecourse Conference Centre over the weekend of 27th & 28th October 2012. Opening times are 10.00am til 4.30pm. You’ll find me in the same place as before, upstairs opposite the window, It’s a lovely venue with 70 selected Makers and Foodies so plenty of chance to find unique early Christmas presents or a treat for yourself. Full details atwww.romorexhibitions.co.uk/towcester_octobercraft.html
Please drop by, I look forward to catching up with you there..

New pieces

I’ve recently been concentrating on celebrating our beautiful British landscape so new pieces are reflecting this with some screen printing creeping into smaller Cotswold pieces, there are also some new Tuscan landscapes and ideal for Christmas presents that won’t break the bank are the new ‘mini pics’.

Just for You

Don’t forget if you want a unique bespoke representation of your favourite landscape then I’m happy to discuss commissioned pieces.

Say Hello!

www.myrahutton.co.uk
Like my page onwww.facebook.com/myrahuttontextiles
Follow me on Twitter @MyraHuttonPPG
myra@myrahutton.co.uk
01908 583316

MK-Artworks

Image courtesy of Gail Baxter, Mediation

Framing Space 13 October – 3 November 2012 This is an exciting exhibition brought to Artworks MK by liminal (Gail Baxter, Sue McLaggan, Carol Quarini and Beth Walsh), who are a group of textile designers whose practice has developed from hand-made lace. Framing Space will seek to engage the public with a selection of original and challenging works, wall-based to wearable, using materials varying from net curtains to paper yarn and metal wire.

Events

To coincide with our Heritage Craft project, liminal will be hosting a programme of free events on Saturdays throughout the exhibition. These events are free as they form part of our Heritage Craft programme. Places are limited so please call to book: 01908 608108 or check our website for more information.

Framing Space Preview Sat 13th October , 1 – 3pm Come and join us for the launch of our new exhibition, Framing Space. This exciting exhibition presents original and challenging works by contemporary textile designers. We hope to see you there.

Cloth of Stitch Day School with Beth Walsh Sat 20th October, 10 – 4 pm This workshop will introduce participants to needlelace stitching allowing them to create exciting fabrics that involve contrasts of texture, colour and medium. This is a creative workshop allowing participants of any experience to create their own fabric made of stitches, perhaps using found objects or creating pieces on a large scale.

Bobbin Lace Demonstration and ‘meet the artists’ with Gail Baxter and Carol Quarini Sat 27th October, 1pm Join Gail Baxter and Carol Quarini for demonstrations and discussions of their work.

Needle-Lace Demonstration by Beth Walsh and Sue McLaggan Sat 3rd November, 1pm Join Beth Walsh and Sue McLaggan for a Lace demonstration. Historic Lace in Contemporary Design talk by Beth Walsh Sat 3rd November, 3pm Lace is usually associated with the skills and fashions of the past. How then is it relevant to contemporary design? This talk will explore the use of historical lace designs in new ways and in new contexts. It looks at how traditional lace techniques and attributes are used in challenging and innovative ways, in fashion, architecture and exhibition pieces. In a more specific textile context, the inclusion of colour as well as other media and textile techniques, together with the distortion of pattern and scale, is examined by looking at examples of Beth’s work. Lace is not of the past – it can be an exhilarating part of the present.

For further details or booking information please visit our website at www.artworks-mk.co.uk