Well what an amazing workshop-filled month with five in the diary. It has been action-packed and a great mix of new and much-loved workshops. To kick it all off we hosted a mega flower arranging weekend of workshops with Stephanie Eastwood Floral Design, a favourite workshop which I'm sure will return year after year as we have already booked Steph for a natural arrangement workshop in Oct & of course, Christmas Wreaths! The flower arranging mega weekend, Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday alongside the shop opening for the Clevedon Sunday market, went past in a whirlwind filled with flowers. Each attendee took home the skills to condition the foliage and flowers, hand tie and wrap a bouquet, all in a three hour workshop. Bouquets of seasonal flowers were carried home in one of our zinc jugs with pride!
We Hosted a Emmeline Simpson's collage illustration workshop. Emmeline is such a down-to-Earth lady, she shows you insights into her creative process of her artworks, using mixed media and collage to create an illustration. She is an encouraging and friendly tutor taking the 'scary' bit away from returning to crafting and getting started putting something on paper.
Our first workshop with Laura, of Things By Laura, who came all the way from London (!) was paper flower making. Her making skills are amazing, by day she makes paper flowers for big window displays and weddings. It was our first three sittings of a workshop in one day but the day ran very smoothly and 18 people enjoyed the art of flower paper making. Laura shared her gorgeous designs and techniques to make the most stunning flowers. Attendees made 3 - 5 flowers and took them home in a painted Annie Sloan bottle to pop on display in their home. We have made it a bit of an ambition of ours, this year to not just watch these new workshops but also attend them, so Becky took part in the first session making two flowers in her favourite colours blue and grey and made for Vic two in peach, gold and creams. Becky says 'I love working with paper and haven't done anything like this for a while. My newly-acquired skills may come in useful for a certain someones wedding' What a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday, relaxing, eating scummy Easter biscuits and making paper flowers...
Our new gilding workshop was as exciting as we expected, with covering things in shiny being as addictive as predicted. Angie and Victoria of Nineteen led the workshop, helping each attendee by drawing on her skills with paint effects. Attendees worked through a number of techniques while getting use to handling the delicate leaf. In the second half of the workshop they put to use the skills acquired by gilding their own large kraft ampersand to take away. The choice between, gold, silver and copper was hard, as was removing the little flakes from the floor, our hair and myriad other nooks and crannies around the studio.
The leather goods workshop was also another first. Esther was lovely So nice to put a face to the name we have been emailing. This was a really different workshop, lovely having the leather spread out over the table when attendees arrive, with a choice of great colours. A choice of patterns to create a number of different small leather pouches for use as a wallet, glasses case etc. Bec also did this workshop as she has always wanted to give leather a go. She chose the forest green leather and a simple but lovely pouch design with lattice on either side. Learning to work with leather, using tools you can easily find and continue with at home, you have to be brave, cutting firm and straight across the leather, then hitting a mallet hard to creating embossing or punching. effects. This workshop will return later in the year for anyone that missed it.