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Great News

Old Art Room Sign Swaffham


*Great News* The Old Art Room Has Moved to Swaffham

I will still be teaching out in the community as usual at certain times but this will be a permanent space to work, share, exhibit and enjoy. Lots of exciting events planned!

‘The Art Room’ is an Art Academy, so a mixture of leisure and certificated courses and workshop sessions available for all ages.

The doors open Monday 3rd of June and ‘Textile Tuesdays start on the 4th! Very exciting.

I start off the Textile Tuesday and Thursday this month with ‘Bags’ as they are as popular as ever.

Evening class on the 5th of June. 7pm until 9pm.

The second week is all about Embellishing, using the felting machines and ‘Bling’ you can sew on as Embellishments. There are four machines to share and lots of wonderful bits to experiment with.

There are two sessions to each Textile day as usual 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45. The cost is £9 per session and includes a cup of tea and a biscuit. You bring your own ingredients/ project, enjoy the inspiration and there is supplies to purchase if you wish. There is also a very large scrap bag, well in my case a large aluminium box on wheels! To delve into to enhance your project or start a new one! Someone elses scrap bag is always more interesting somehow?

Lots to see and do each day so a visit is a must or if you are too far away visit regularly online to enjoy the atmosphere.

Monday afternoon from 2.30 until 5pm you can come along with your own project and enjoy working in a textile studio while I am working on my textile projects, mine are inspired by our Art Room visit to Kew Gardens and also Recycled Textiles and Stitch. I am there for tips and guidance only.

Starting at the end of the month June and continuing throughout the summer ‘Friday in Print‘ a way of exploring all different ways of printing and transposing designs. Also on request sketchbooks and book making.

Two sessions 10 until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45 and the cost is £10

Monday and Wednesdays I am still teaching City and Guilds and final projects and Design files are looking amazing.

We would like to thank the Benjamin Foundation and Cancer Care Moving on Project Dereham for their support in allowing us to teach and share their spaces since November 2012. It has really been appreciated and we have had a fantastic time.

Happy New Year Everyone

End of Year Photo 2012

End of Year Photo 2012

Happy New Year to Everyone.

It has been an amazing creative year for me and many of my students, visitors and friends. This photo was taken by The Dereham Times photographer to celebrate the end of a creative textile year. Just a few of my students who got together to celebrate and share. Sadly it is the end of classes at The Memorial Hall as the Town Council do not wish for there to be an Art Centre at The Memorial Hall. The Gallery will close in February. Everyone is dismayed as it  was a vibrant addition to the new renovated building. I have been teaching @The Gallery for three years and have had so much fun , so it is so sad The Gallery is closing. Thank you to Haydn and Judy and they will be continuing the framing shop and classes at other venues.

My City and Guilds classes will continue at The Memorial Hall until July. I will be moving “Textile Tuesday”from the 8th of January2013, to “The Art Room” along with Thursdays Patchwork and Quilting and Wednesday Evening classes there too. The Art Room, set up by Claire Francis Smith a Painter, Artist and Tutor, who also ran classes @The Gallery . Claire has opened up an Art Studio, a classroom purposely for Art and Textiles. It has the atmosphere of an Artist Studio and she has been creatively teaching and demonstrating there since November. See her website and work by clicking on the link/name above.

The Art Room is at 1A Rashers Green, Toftwood. Dereham. Norfolk. NR19 1JG. Come in and see the creativity.

Class lists, times and venues will be available on Quilters Cottage Norfolk.

So, New Year, new Venues, new ideas and lots of creativity.It has been a wonderful 2012 of creativity and I am really looking forward to the creativity this year as there is lots planned. I will try and put lots of posts up on my blogsite Quilters Cottage Norfolk to keep you up to date with all the creations again and the monthly one here at Art2Inspire.

Hope everyone has a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year.