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  1. I’m not creative…

    This is the comment I hear most frequently when I tell people what I do.

    Is this what you tell yourself?

    Is it true?

    Creativity comes in all forms. Not only in art and crafts. In your job, you may have routine tasks but there are times, when you may be asked to do something different. You have to come up with solution. That’s creative.

    You may have kids and you need to find something for them to do. So what do you? You look around your house, come up with some materials like an empty kitchen roll or an empty soap bottle and tell them to make something. Or you may help them with making  that telescope or that robot. That’s creative.

    You and your friends want to do something different. What do you do? You research. You check out what’s on at your local theatre or cinema. You plan a day out. You think about what each person likes/dislikes. You create that experience. You are being creative.

    You might be saying ‘but that’s not creativity..that’s everyday stuff, it isn’t art’. But it is. If we didn’t do some or all of those things at some point in our lives, each day would be the same. No variety. No challenges. No finding solutions.

    Creativity is just that…variety, challenges, solutions.

    Learning a new skill involving a craft is focussing your creative tendencies into one activity. This can be scary. You may feel nervous. You may feel you will be judged. But if you remember how often you create stuff in your daily life, you know you can do it. Crafting becomes an extension of you already do with more focus.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  2. If you’ve never been to a craft workshop, it can seem daunting. You will have lots of questions and may wonder if you can make anything.

    A brief glimpse into one of my workshops:

    1    You will be warmly welcomed and introduced to all the other attendees

     

    2      Each person is provided with all the tools needed for the session. This includes the clay and use of  a pasta machine

     

    3      I usually have samples of items made with polymer clay on display to (hopefully) provide you with inspiration.

     

    4      At the start of the session, I explain what you will be creating and how you will do it.

     

    5      Throughout the session, I will demonstrate each step and then you will practice yourself.

     

    6      Once your unique creation is finished, it will be baked. And then it’s yours forever!

     

    So that’s a bit about the description BUT how will you feel?

    These are a few words from past participants:

    “fun”     ‘relaxing’ ‘interesting and achievable’   ‘therapeutic’ ‘thoroughly enjoyable’

    ‘satisfying’

     

    What else?

    Well, you will meet some amazing people. I know I have. People come in not knowing what to expect, maybe a bit nervous, but after a while, everyone is talking, laughing and enjoying their creative journey.

    This is community.

    This is a Beadeze workshop.