Creative Craft Classes – Meet The Makers – Urban Magpie and Onetenzeroseven

We’re really loving our Creative Craft Classes over at Our Handmade Collective. We’ve had some excellent students, laughing, chatting, drinking tea and eating cake and we hope lots more will join us soon! This month we’re welcoming Zoe and Sophie, two of our resident makers, to teach us a thing or two!

Zoe from Urban Magpie – Recycled Jewellery Making | 26th April – Call 0113 418 2304 to book

Upcycling Jewellery Class

I’m Zoë Mitchell, a Southerner who defected to Leeds for about 15 yrs ago. My husband & I have a 4 year old son, and I work part-time as a retail interior planner. I make my jewellery from home in my spare time, and enjoy the break it gives me from working with AutoCAD. Most of my making is actually done once our son is tucked up in bed, but occasionally he acts as my studio assistant by helping me out when I’m taking product photos!

Recycling Jewellery Workshop, Leeds

How did you first get involved in making your craft?

I studied Fine Art at University in Leicester, which is were I became interested in mixed media art and 3D collage. Years later, and my jewellery making has at its heart the idea of jewellery as tiny, wearable mixed-media artworks. I’m interested in recycling and upcycling objects which have a patina of age and use, a back-story, or a historical resonance. I enjoy the fiddly process of making and the challenge of working with different materials which wouldn’t normally be associated with jewellery. I always need a creative outlet, but importantly jewellery-making is creative activity which is easy to pack away at the end of the day!

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

Initially I started by making necklaces as Christmas presents for my family, which were recycled from old charity shop-bought jewellery. Friends & family started commissioning me to make more pieces & word got around. That’s how Urban Magpie was born as a brand.

How To Make Jewellery

What are you most looking forward to about running your workshop?

Until Claire from OHC asked me if I’d be interesting in running a workshop, I’d never considered it before. I recently held an informal trial-run workshop in my kitchen with a few friends to figure out how it would work. We had a chilled-out, sociable evening & my friends loved having the chance to get creative and try out different techniques. Everyone went home with truly personal finished pieces. One of my friends created a beautiful pair of rings which were recycled from her Gran’s favourite clip on-earrings.

I’m most looking forward to meeting the group and seeing what pieces people bring along to recycle, the stories behind them and what new treasures they’ll turn them into.

Sophie from Onetenzeroseven – Blogging For Creative Businesses | 23rd April – Call 0113 418 2304 to book

Blogging Workshop, Leeds

My name is Sophie and I’m a born and bred Yorkshire lass! I live in the outskirts of the city centre with my musician boyfriend and my crazy rescue dog, Frank.
I run my own business, full time, designing fun jewellery & accessories for the young at heart and documenting my business journey, sharing advice and showing you my favourite things on my Lifestyle Blog. I also blog professionally for a couple of other brands as well as right here on the Our Handmade Collective blog!

How did you first get involved in making your craft?

I actually remember the day I discovered Etsy… it was during an intense moment of boredom at my old job. I thought all the handmade pieces for sale were beautiful, but what really intrigued me was the idea of making something myself from the endless craft supplies that were also available to buy.

Business Workshops in Leeds

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

I was going to New York on holiday and I thought it would be a great idea to make some extra pocket money by selling the endless things I’d made as a hobby, but starting to sell things was never really a big deal for me; When I made the decision to become a business, that was scary! I really wanted something that I could pour my heart and soul into and have full control over. Each job I had previously left me frustrated that no one was interested in my endless stream of ideas and I struggled with a full time job due to my mental health affecting my physical health – an issue I know many fellow crafters share. Now I love every day at work, even when I’m stressed and overwhelmed it’s in a good way and I treasure that!

Creative Blogging

What are you most looking forward to about running your workshop?

Ooh, definitely having an evening where I can chat about business to other creative folk over a cup of tea – something I just absolutely love to do. I’m excited about being able to share what I’ve learned to the next generation of creatives, as I learned from the ones before me, so I hope to run a lot of different business related talks – To pass the creative torch!

We also have Claudia from Kitsch-ina’s workshop, Vintage Inspired Half Pinny on 26th April. To get to know a bit more about Claudia, read her interview here.

To book onto Recycled Jewellery Making, Blogging For Creative Businesses, Vintage Inspired Half Pinny or to view our other Creative Craft Classes, pop in store or call 0113 418 2304.

See you there x

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