CRAFT WORKSHOP at HASLEMERE MUSEUM
Tuesday 27th March 2018
A Creative Wellbeing Workshop, organised by the Education
Officer at the museum Kay Topping and professional local artist Diana
Burch, took place at the Haslemere Museum on Tuesday 27th March.
There were two sessions, one in the afternoon and one from 7.00 to 9.00
in the evening.
The event was sponsored by the Arts Society Haslemere as part of
the ‘Arts in the Community’ activities organised by Isabelle Cole.
It followed on from the successful Christmas Crafts workshop and was open
to all, members and general public alike. Both afternoon and
evening sessions were well attended and there was much enthusiasm for the
opportunity to have a go, using the wide choice of materials provided.
The theme was Asian patterns, including the art of wood
block printing and quilling. Kay Topping provided inspiration in the
form of a Chinese embroidered silk jacket from the museum collection,
along with further pieces of embroidery and more contemporary designs
Specially created rubber stamps made by Diana
Burch were available for participants to use, as well as foam pieces for
them to create their own stamps. Coloured inks and dip pens were
also provided, with a choice of paper, including one specially traced
with a quartered circle, for the creation of beautiful mandala-like
Most popular of all was the quilling - the art of curling
and pinching narrow paper strips and then gluing them to backing paper,
or onto a printed design.
Refreshments were on hand but were
hardly touched as everyone was busily absorbed in creating something
imaginative and unique, making the most of this unusual opportunity to
escape the humdrum, to freely play with colour and pattern in creatively
decorative ways and in convivial company. Kay and Diana are
planning further Wellbeing workshops in the summer and the next one will
provisionally take place in July.
Below are some photographs of the afternoon session.
Left to right: Kay Topping; Isabelle Cole; Diana Burch.