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workshops


are always popular.


Why not organise one in a local community space and then use that as a tool for building up a list of contacts for future workshops you might run.


Do you think the economic downturn crafting?


has more people


A lot of people are correlating the two things, but I don’t necessarily think that they are interrelated. Although making your own can sometimes be cheaper depending on the materials chosen, that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, if anything, the reverse is true, once you start buying fabric to make your own dresses you realise just how much effort goes into making clothes. That in turn often makes you feel guilty for mass produced clothes sold at a hugely cheap price.


The crafting resurgence is part of a cultural shift away from a passive consumerist society to a more active ‘making’ culture. It is likely that the


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economic downturn has played a part in this shift, but it is not the only reason. Crafting has become a more popular activity over the past few years and the resurgence has been noticeable, certainly since I’ve been an active member of the London crafting scene from early 2008 onwards. However, I think that has more to do with people using social networking sites to help share craft knowledge together with more local, affordable craft groups springing up rather than people thinking “Oh, I’m a bit skint I’m going to make all my own clothes now and save a fortune”!


What are The Create Place’s aims for 2012? We’re aiming to continue our diverse and affordable workshop programme together with more evening


events alongside our


regular cocktail craft café night, the “Second Friday Society” and our music partnership events with the Note Well. We’ll also be having some clothes swaps and craft stash swaps for yarn and fabric.


In the spring, we’ll be launching “Saturday School” - a series of talks and demonstrations sharing skills in a slightly different and shorter format than our usual workshops. We’ll be starting with natural home and beauty products such as making your own liquid hand soap to lip balms and bath melts. The sessions will be an hour long and cost between £5 and £10 for those who are more independent learners and just need a steer in the right direction rather than a full course.


Later in the year we hope to branch out into e-courses and create an online learning resource to share the crafty love further afield. We’ll also be focusing on developing Create as a hub for creative entrepreneurs, offering support, advice and collaboration, as well as a nice cup of tea!


For more information visit: www.thecreateplace.co.uk


Images courtesy of The Create Place


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