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The Art of Making in Suffolk

This April, the Suffolk Craft Society and Snape Maltings are collaborating to present craft workshops designed to enable people to experience the wonderful art of making. There will be workshops in paper jewellery, ceramic jewellery, textile art, lino print and felt making. Each day or half day workshop will offer tuition by experienced workshop leaders and crafts people in an easily accessible studio space at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. Participants can enjoy quality time focusing on creating and learning new techniques for £86 per person, including materials, a light lunch and refreshments.

Making unique paper art, led by Alison Dane, jewellery maker. 

Saturday, 7th April,10am-4pm

An opportunity to make unique and colourful jewellery using paper as a base. This workshop is designed for people with an interest in colour and requires some manual dexterity. During the day participants should make at least one unique piece of wearable jewellery. An experienced teacher and worksho leader, Alison Dane is also a keen photographer and gardener. Her jewellery is inspired by the changing seasons in the Suffolk Landscape, and is lightweight, colourful and durable. 

The art of making with textiles and paint, led by Jean Fryer, textile artist. 

Friday, 13th April,10am–4pm 

Using a metre of material, fabric paints, pens and assorted household objects, participants will learn a variety of special techniques that can be easily recreated and used at home. The emphasis will be on exploring techniques for making unique fabric designs. An experienced workshop leader, Jean Fryer uses paint as a medium but her love for painting was eventually superseded by her passion for fabrics. She now combines the methods and materials of the two media on fabrics to embellish stitched textile panels. 

The art of making single block lino prints, led by Helen Maxfield, printmaker.

Saturday, 21st April, 10am-4pm

This is your opportunity to discover the world of lino printmaking. The workshop will provide an introduction to lino printing that includes preparing your image, the safe use of tools, applying ink and printing your image. Helen will provide helpful advice and tips for successful lino printing at home. An experienced workshop leader, Helen Maxfield’s inspiration for her lino cuts comes from her local sketching trips. Her fresh and direct designs evolve from  observational drawings and paintings, and the main aim in her practice is always to achieve images that celebrate the natural qualities of lino cut. 

Making art jewellery in porcelain clay, led by Sue Bruce, ceramicist.

Part 1: Friday, 20th April, 10-12.30pm; part 2: Friday, 27th April, 10-12.30pm

Over two mornings, Sue will guide participants to create unique wearable porcelain brooches. Part 1 will be spent designing and creating the brooch, and part 2 will include painting, decorating and finishing the fired porcelain. An experienced workshop leader and the author of 'Hand Built Ceramics', Sue Bruce uses slab techniques with porcelain to assemble her hand-built pots. Textures are developed using lace, netting and found objects, achieving unexpected and beautiful effects. Her glazes are rich blues, lilacs and greens, sometimes under painted with a blue wash. 

Making art using wet felting techniques, led by Katie Walker, felt maker.

Sunday, 29th April, 10am – 4pm

Participants will be introduced to different techniques of wet felting, using merino wool to make a flat felt picture. During the workshops, demonstrations will include felt ball and rope making as well as showing how the texture and the embellishment of felt work make be developed. Katie Walker uses felt making to form structural shapes and to create images of intense colour and texture. She prefers merino wool with its bright colour palette for her range of both 2D and 3D crafted objects, and uses a wide variety of techniques and approaches. Katie has wide experience of leading workshops for a variety of interest groups.

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