Tag Archives: creative craft classes

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

Creative Craft Classes – 12th March 2015

Today we’re welcoming Chloe and Lucy, two of our resident makers, to the blog to get to know a little bit more about them and find out what fun happenings will be part of their workshops at our brand new Creative Craft Classes starting this month.

Chloe from Life’s Big Canvas – Origami For Card Making | 12th March – Book here!

Life's Big Canvas Workshop Leeds

My mission is to make the whole world a playful place, and to encourage creativity, even in the most mundane places and stubborn people. I started by painting animals, but now I mainly fold paper.

I create whimsical items for the child within – whether it’s a simple badge, a notebook made with a book cover you remember as a child, or something you can’t believe was ever once a piece of paper – I am fascinated by how something flat like paper can become three dimensional with a few folds.

Life’s Big Canvas has been a part of the independent retail scene in Leeds for the last three years, being involved in shops, fairs, workshops and galleries. I will always continues to experiment and play daily, wherever I am.

How To Fold Paper

How did you first get involved in making your craft?

I started making stuff five years ago, and it was mainly jewellery, but then one january I started making origami boxes for putting the jewellery into, and just got obsessed with paper. I still do other stuff, but it’s the paper that always stays around.

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

I had no other choice, unfortunately. I was signed off work with sickness, and my sick pay ran out – the doctor said I wasn’t well enough to work, but the DWP said I was, so the Job Centre suggested I take self-employment credit (a scheme that I’m not sure if it still runs or not) and that got things moving. That makes it sound like it’s not a dream or a love, but I think I would have got to this point eventually, I was just pushed a bit sooner.

Origami Workshop, Leeds

What’s your favourite thing about running a workshop or class?

I used to run the Paper Folding Workshop at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton every month. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and seeing people see forms come out of their flat paper. The realisation in people’s faces when you get the that point where suddenly you can see what it’s meant to be is priceless!

Lucy from George & Lilly – Make A Felted Picture | 12th March – Book Here!

Felted Picture Workshop

I work from a small studio in my house, I’m a trained graphic designer but currently work at a printers part time. Im originally from Wiltshire but have been living in Leeds for 6 years with my husband and 3 cats. I enjoy anything creative although my passion is obviously feltmaking, DIY and gardening.

How did you first get involved in making your craft?

Though a trained graphic designer I’ve always been interested in textiles, arts and crafts. While at university I lived with a lot of design & crafts students and was very jealous of everything they were creating in their lessons.  I started using craft felt but found it very thin, I found out I could make thicker felt from wool so after going to a couple of evening classes I started making my own and things have evolved from there.

George&Lilly Workshop, Leeds

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

After selling a few things to friend and family I decided to start doing craft fairs to see if my products would sell well with the public.  I enjoy selling my items to the public as it’s nice to hear first hand feedback and see people enjoy what I have made.

What’s your favourite thing about running a workshop or class?

Ive run many workshops before; I love seeing what designs people come up with. Even the most uncreative person can come up with  fantastic piece of felt art!!

To book onto Make A Felted Picture, Origami For Card Making or to view our other Creative Craft Classes, pop along to this link or call 0113 2443454

See you there x