Saturday, 26 December 2015

Hand made books

Just researching hand made books as I want to teach a few easy versions on the next cruise and found this beautiful website with a huge range of hand made books with instructions on how to make them! 

http://www.making-mini-scrapbooks.com/

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Artisan Studio is officially now a Registered Company - the first stage in becoming CIC - a not for profit organisation/social enterprise!! 
We are doing this so we can accept the large donations of money that are being offered Artisan and it will us greater security/longevity. It fits very well with our way of working and our aims and objectives.
We will move to become a full charity later.


Friday, 18 December 2015

Merry Christmas everyone!

Last day at the studio today so 
A Merry and Relaxing Christmas Everyone 
and hope to see you all again in 2016.
There are lots of new courses coming up in 2016 and I will be adding more courses and workshops to next year's timetable over Christmas.

Please see our calendar page to view our 2016 courses.
http://thecommunityartstudio.blogspot.co.uk/p/2016-calendar-of-weekend-and-evening.html

I would prefer to be contacted by email rather than phone over the next 2 weeks please artisanstudio1@gmail.

All abilities are welcome at Artisan Studio.

Have a great Christmas!!

A big thank you to all tutors and customers for your support in 2015!!


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

New Course for 2016 - textile based - looks good!

Creative hand-stitched ‘Scapes’
Starting on Sept 18th 2016 
Sundays from 10 - 4 pm, 
£42 per workshop
You can choose  one or two or do them all!

A series of monthly workshops, each one concentrating on a distinctive theme.  

The course is designed to encourage experimentation and the creative use of stitch.
Each session is a stand-alone, hands-on, practical workshop.  
However, anyone able to attend all the sessions will experience the use of hand-stitched embroidery to express their ideas along with a variety of techniques such as embellishing, piecing and layering, fraying, appliqué, bonding, colouring and beading where appropriate.

The workshops are aimed at people who already have a knowledge of basic hand stitches – running, buttonhole, chain, French knots and herringbone and are keen to explore creative textile-making.

Participants are asked to bring in photographs, postcards, sketches or magazine pictures of ‘scapes’ that they have had a positive response to and find interesting.  

Inspiration can also be found in artists’ work, such as Constable’s and Van Gogh’s skies, Turner’s marine scenes and Hockney’s landscapes.These will be used in the workshops as starting points for the themed projects.  So it is essential that participants bring in their own inspirational materials as each person’s response is highly individualistic. 

The course will also include the elements and principles of design and drawing but  please don't panic about this  - you do not have to be good at drawing!!

A wide range of fabrics and threads will be available for each session.

The tutor, Liz Thomas, is an experienced teacher, textile artist and is passionate about embroidery.  She has a BA Hons in Textiles/ Fashion, specialising in Embroidery, studying under Constance Howard and Christine Risley.

September 18th , 2016 
Sundays from 10 - 4 pm, 
£42 per workshop
Gardenscapes
Flowers and foliage in gardens remain a favourite theme for embroiderers, both in formal and informal settings.


October 23rd , 2016
Sundays from 10 - 4 pm, 
£42 per workshop
Autumnscapes
These give embroiderers the chance to observe and celebrate the glorious colours and atmosphere of this season.


November 20th, 2016
Sundays from 10 - 4 pm, 
£42 per workshop
Seascapes
The shoreline, surf, waves, rocks and storms offer numerous possibilities of textures and rhythms in hand-stitching.


January 15th , 2017
Sundays from 10 - 4 pm, 
£42 per workshop
Landscapes
These are influenced by weather and the actions of farmers or nature, making them inspirational for embroidery, abstracted or literal.


February 19th, 2017
Sundays from 10 - 4 pm, 
£42 per workshop
Skyscapes
Skies are extremely varied – weather conditions, time of day and location can give a lifetime’s study of design and colour.


March 19th, 2017
Sundays from 10 - 4 pm, 
£42 per workshop
Treescapes
The bark and shapes of tree in location and time of year are great sources of inspiration for textile artists, including texture and colour possibilities, such as a favourite bluebell wood.


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Winter Wonderland Christmas Workshops at Artisan Studio

All abilities welcomed and supported at Artisan Studio

Nov 21st - Saturday
Hand Made Christmas
Polymer Clay workshop: Winter decorations
10 - 4pm
£48
In this workshop we will make festive decorations with a Christmas theme.  Snowflake tree decorations will be made from polymer clay and mixed media.  Miniature winter village houses that can be lit with battery tealights will be constructed from polymer clay and mixed media in this fun and lighthearted workshop. 
No previous experience with polymer clay is needed.
All materials will be provided hence the higher charge for this workshop.
Tutor is Kerrie Veneer




November Sunday 22nd 

Hand Made Christmas
10 - 1 - Christmas Bottles and Jars
Create gorgeous candle holders for gifts for your table using chalk paint and decoupage
Tracey Jane Gore
£35








November Sunday 22nd 

Hand Made Christmas
2-5pm Christmas Costers and Candles
Create gorgeous Candles and Coasters for gifts or your table.
Tracey Jane Gore
£35

Nov 28th Saturday

Dorset Buttons - High Tops
10 -12pm Please note the new time
£15
Tutor is Anna McDowell
Anna was commissioned to create the buttons for Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan)dresses in the latest adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd. Using original methods Anna combines contemporary materials and designs to help keep the tradition of Dorset Buttons alive. 

Like many cottage industry crafts and skills the exact method of making High Top buttons has been lost in time. Dedicated researchers have discovered from dismantling an original button how they were assembled and the materials used.  Using this information and the results of her own research and experiments Anna McDowell is leading an afternoon workshop on these intricate thread buttons designed to show how they were made and used. It will also to give you the opportunity to try your hand at making these buttons using contemporary materials.



Nov 28th Saturday

Hand Made Christmas
Crochet - Christmas decorations
1-4pm
£15
Tutor Lerryn Gray



Nov 29th

Sunday 10 - 4 pm, 
Hand-stitched Embroidery- step-by-step workshops : texture in embroidery. Gold work: couching, laid work, gold basket-work.  Dates back to Biblical times, important in religious and royal embroidery.
£42 per workshop
The tutor, Liz Thomas, is an experienced teacher, textile artist and is passionate about embroidery.  She has a BA Hons in Textiles/ Fashion, specialising in Embroidery, studying under Constance Howard and Christine Risley.



6th Dec  Sunday
Beginners Acrylic Painting, seasonal theme
10 - 1
£25- please bring your own paints, everything else provided
Tutor is Jeneta Bird
In this beginners workshop you will explore the qualities of acrylic paints and learn about materials, blending colours and composition.
All abilities very welcome. 




12th Dec Saturday
Xmas Wreath Making workshop
10-1
£25
8 places
Tutor is Sharyn Oliver
We will bring lots of foliage but it would be useful if you can bring anything interesting and unusual you can find just so we have a good variety to choose from.

Suggestions are:
herbs - rosemary, sage and bay are still around over the winter
holly
pine 
leylandi
laurel
moss
pine cones and seed heads
cinnamon sticks etc.

We will provide Oasis, wires, baubles, bells, dried orange slices, fir cones, ribbons and lace.
Please have a think about your colour scheme or theme.
Please bring a candle if you would like to use your wreath as a table decoration.





Thursday, 5 November 2015

Artisan to become a charity

We are in the process of setting up as a charity.

This will allow us to accept financial donations, give us improved security and longevity, give us tax relief, allow us to apply for funding and grants, all of which will allow us to offer more to the public, find larger better premises and continue to be sustainable long term.

We are looking for 3 Trustees.
For more information about what is involved please see:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved

Please contact me on artisanstudio1@gmail.com



Monday, 26 October 2015

Have a Hand Made Xmas this year

As Artisan is all about creativity and the hand-made we have invited some of our favourite tutors to run workshops to help you have a handmade Xmas this year!
Invite your friends and families and make a fun session of it!

Xmas Gift vouchers available if you would like to gift an Artisan Workshop to one you love!



Nov 1st Sunday
Hand Made Christmas
Needle felting - Xmas presents and decorations
10-4
Tutor is Carla Taylor
£45 - all materials included.



Nov 7th Saturday
Hand Made Christmas
Felt slippers workshop
10 - 4.00
tutor is Pauline Stanley
£35 plus small charge for materials


Sunday 8th Nov
Hand Made Christmas
Ceramic Xmas Decorations
2- 4.30pm
£25
All materials provided
Tutor is Imogen Charleston
Make your own set of ceramic Christmas decorations.  
Starting with a slab of raw earthenware clay, you will firstly imprint with patterns from fabric and wallpaper of your choice. After cutting out a selection of different shapes, the pieces can be decorated with coloured oxides and underglazes.
These look lovely hung in the tree at Christmastime, or make a unique gift.
The decorations will be taken away to be fired and glazed (this is optional), and will be available to collect from Artisan Studio 7-10 days after the workshop. 
Delivery can be arranged at a small additional charge.



14th November Saturday 
Willow Workshop: 
Apple baskets with twisted willow handle
9.30 - 5PM
£55
Tutor is Cath Pratley



Nov 21st - Saturday
Hand Made Christmas
Polymer Clay workshop: Winter decorations
10 - 4pm
£48
In this workshop we will make festive decorations with a Christmas theme.  Snowflake tree decorations will be made from polymer clay and mixed media.  Miniature winter village houses that can be lit with battery tealights will be constructed from polymer clay and mixed media in this fun and lighthearted workshop. 
No previous experience with polymer clay is needed.
All materials will be provided hence the higher charge for this workshop.
Tutor is Kerrie Veneer





November Sunday 22nd 
Hand Made Christmas
10 - 1 - Christmas Bottles and Jars
Create gorgeous candle holders for gifts for your table using chalk paint and decoupage
Tracey Jane Gore
£35



November Sunday 22nd 
Hand Made Christmas
2-5pm Christmas Coasters and Candles
Create gorgeous Candles and Coasters for gifts or your table.
Tracey Jane Gore
£35



Nov 28th Saturday
Hand Made Christmas
Crochet - Christmas decorations
1-4pm
£15
Tutor Lerryn Gray



12th Dec Saturday
Hand Made Christmas
Xmas Wreath Making workshop
10-1
£25
8 places
Tutor is Sharyn Oliver
We will bring lots of foliage but it would be useful if you can bring anything interesting and unusual you can find just so we have a good variety to choose from.
Suggestions are:
herbs - rosemary, sage and bay are still around over the winter
holly
pine 
leylandi
laurel
moss
pine cones and seed heads
cinnamon sticks etc.
We will provide Oasis, wires, ribbons and lace.
Please have a think about your colour scheme or theme.
Please bring a candle if you would like to use your wreath as a table decoration.








Monday, 19 October 2015

Ceramic Xmas Decorations Workshop

Sunday 8th Nov
2- 4.30pm
£25
All materials provided
Tutor is Imogen Charleston


Make your own set of ceramic Christmas decorations.  
Starting with a slab of raw earthenware clay, you will firstly imprint with patterns from fabric and wallpaper of your choice. After cutting out a selection of different shapes, the pieces can be decorated with coloured oxides and underglazes.

These look lovely hung in the tree at Christmastime, or make a unique gift.

The decorations will be taken away to be fired and glazed 
(this is optional), and will be available to collect from Artisan Studio 7-10 days after the workshop. 
Delivery can be arranged at a small additional charge.





Saturday, 17 October 2015

Hand-stitched Embroidery, step-by-step workshops: 25th Oct Texture

Sunday Oct 25th
Hand-stitched Embroidery - step-by-step workshops: 
TEXTURE in embroidery. Quilting: English, Italian and Trapunto. Dates back to ancient Egypt, India, Persia.
10 - 4 pm, 
£42 per workshop

A series of monthly workshops, each one concentrating on a distinctive, traditional embroidery technique.

The course is designed to encourage experimentation and the creative use of stitch.

Each workshop is a hands-on, practical session with participants learning the key embroidery stitches used for each technique and then creating their own completed pieces of contemporary work.

You will be taught a wide range of stitches.
Handouts will be provided at every workshop.
Each session will include an inspiring powerpoint with examples of how the techniques are being used in a creative and contemporary way.

Course work includes keeping a sketchbook, drawing (don’t panic you don't need to be good at drawing!), researching and some private study.
The course is aimed at beginners and upwards, so previous experience is not necessary.

Each session is a stand-alone workshop. 
However anyone able to attend all the sessions will experience the use of pattern, texture, and colour in embroidery, employing a wide range of stitches and will gain confidence in expressing their own ideas in stitichery.

The tutor, Liz Thomas, is an experienced teacher, textile artist and is passionate about embroidery. She has a BA Hons in Textiles/ Fashion, specialising in Embroidery, studying under Constance Howard and Christine Risley.