Artists based on the Welbeck estate, near Worksop, teamed up with The Harley Gallery to launch a new Makers Club for adults this September. While children’s activities are regularly held at The Harley Gallery, the new Makers Club means that grown-ups can now get in on the act too. The monthly creative workshops have been designed specifically for adults so that they can try their hand at crafts from printing and ceramics to crocheting and sewing. Led by skilled artists, they will take place within The Harley Studios in the heart of the rural estate.
Textile artist Ruth Waller, who is leading the programme, said: “Over the years I’ve held lots of craft sessions for children and have noticed their parents standing on the side-lines, desperate to join in and have a go. Those that have joined in really enjoyed getting creative and so we hope our monthly adult craft sessions will encourage people to give it a go and not to be afraid of getting creative.”
“People can come along, spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon with us in a relaxed environment and learn something new. It may be that they leave with something useful for their home or to give away as a present but above all we hope that they are inspired. We’ve all got creativity within us and hopefully these sessions will unleash some of that.”
Dayle Green, Education and Engagement Manager at The Harley Gallery, said: “I have wanted to bring an adult craft club to our programme for some time. This is a great opportunity for people to come together in a creative environment, learn new skills and improve well-being, and also have some fun.”
Ruth’s own love of art stems back to her childhood when she taught herself how to crochet. Her interest led her to study art at the University of Derby and she later completed an MA in textiles. Today, she and her partner, Lee Hewett, work together from their studios on the Welbeck Estate to create original and collectable wall installations for national and international clients.
With the new Makers Club, Ruth hopes to share her passion for art and crafts. She said: “People coming along don’t need to have any experience at all or even previous knowledge but can join us for a couple of hours a month. They can enjoy a cuppa and a chat with like-minded people and have a go at something new and have fun while learning from experienced and skilled artists.”
Each session of the Makers Club runs from 2.00pm to 4.30pm with the chance to learn about printing. Future craft sessions will include graffiti sewing on Saturday 19th October, where participants sew onto old photographs, an introduction to pottery on Saturday 16th November, and alternative approaches to the Christmas wreath on Saturday 14th December. This will be followed next year with sessions about crochet, recycled sculpture, basket making and upcycled garments.
More details are found at www.harleygallery.co.uk. Each session costs £18.00, which includes refreshments. Places are limited but spaces can be booked by calling The Harley Gallery on 01909 501700.
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