Makers Club offers the chance to learn new skills

06 September 2019

Makers Club offers the chance to learn new skills

It doesn’t matter how long ago it’s been since you left school, September still has that new term feel, right? The change of season comes with a feeling of fresh beginnings and new possibilities and what better time is there to start a new hobby or learn a new skill?

Sometimes the fear of trying something new and creative can send some adults into a spin, says textile artist Ruth Waller. It needn’t be that way though and it’s for that reason that she’s joined forces with The Harley Gallery to introduce a new Makers Club for adults.

While children’s activities are regularly held at The Harley Gallery, the new Makers Club means that grown-ups can now get in on the act too. The monthly creative workshops have been designed specifically for adults so that they can try their hand at crafts from printing and ceramics to crocheting and sewing. Led by skilled artists, they will take place within The Harley Studios in the heart of the rural estate.

Textile artist, Ruth Waller, who is leading the programme, said: “Over the years I’ve held lots of craft sessions for children and have noticed their parents standing on the sidelines, desperate to join in and have a go. Those that have joined in really enjoyed getting creative and so we hope our monthly adult craft sessions will encourage people to give it a go and not to be afraid of getting creative.”

“People can come along, spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon with us in a relaxed environment and learn something new. It may be that they leave with something useful for their home or to give away as a present but above all we hope that they are inspired. We’ve all got creativity within us and hopefully these sessions will unleash some of that.”

Dayle Green, Education and Engagement Manager at The Harley Gallery, said: ‘I have wanted to bring an adult craft club to our programme for some time. This is a great opportunity for people to come together in a creative environment, learn new skills and improve well-being, and also have some fun.’

Ruth’s own love of art stems back to her childhood when she taught herself how to crochet. Her interest led her to study art at the University of Derby and she later completed an MA in textiles. Today, she and her partner, Lee Hewett, work together from their Waller Hewett studios on the Welbeck estate to create original and collectable wall installations for national and international clients.

With the new Makers Club, Ruth hopes to share her passion for art and crafts. She said: “People coming along don’t need to have any experience at all or even previous knowledge but can join us for a couple of hours a month. They can enjoy a cuppa and a chat with like-minded people and have a go at something new and have fun while learning from experienced and skilled artists.”

The first Makers Club takes place between 2pm-4.30pm on 21st September with the chance to learn about printing. Other craft sessions will include graffiti sewing on 19th October, where participants sew onto old photographs, an introduction to pottery on 16th November, and alternative approaches to the Christmas wreath on 14th December. This will be followed next year with sessions about crochet, recycled sculpture, basket making and upcycled garments.

  • More details can be found on The Harley Gallery website. Each session costs £18, which includes refreshments. Places are limited but spaces can be booked by calling The Harley Gallery on 01909 501 700.