Feeding the crafty soul: Unit Twelve
Last weekend I went on a day's course at Unit Twelve in Staffordshire. This is a gallery and workshop situated on a farm in the Staffordshire countryside. I have been meaning to visit there for ages as I have spent many years admiring the talented and internationally renowned Jennifer Collier's work who co owns the space and who lead the course. If you love crafts you have to visit this place. It's so inspiring and Jennifer couldn't have been any more welcoming and encouraging.
On arrival we were all made tea and offered biscuits. This was a good chance to chat to the other ladies and find a good spot for the day. Jennifer then showed us some examples of how to make experimental papers and fabrics by using wax, plastic and Bondaweb. We had free run of the resources available to then time to have a play. I was so excited I couldn't work fast enough! Throughout the day Jennifer showed us lots of different techniques for developing embroidery. We had plenty of time to try them all and there were plenty of resources and equipment for us to use. Jennifer constantly facilitated the room to help us and her enthusiasm was infectious. We were encouraged to look at each other's work and offer encouragement. I was so proud of the samples that I produced and have been totally inspired to develop my own work.
I can't wait to go back to Unit Twelve. I may sign up for the Paper Lampshade course next year. I would definitely recommend any of you crafty people visit there, either with a friend or on your own. Everyone is so friendly you will feel welcome and part of something wonderful. What better way is there to spend some well deserved ME time?!