Despite new government budgets, high studio rents and the ever present struggle of working for yourself, the creative industries and the people that contribute to them are flourishing. From crafters and designers to social enterprises and independent studios, people everywhere are making an amazing impact, promoting creative lifestyles and inviting us to join them. To celebrate and support these people and the wonderful things they make, do and design, we thought we’d pick out some of the most exciting, exclusive, cute and creative goings on in London and beyond. These workshops and events are run by fabulous creatives and independent organisations that really go above and beyond to provide unique experiences and teach you exceptional skills. From woodland adventures and calligraphy to weaving and stargazing, here are our favourite workshops to book this spring…
Drawn to Nature with Miscellaneous Adventures
We love Miscellaneous Adventures and their creative approach to living a slower, more considered life inspired by the Sussex wilderness. Specialising in days and weekends that teach city dwellers anything from woodcarving to how to wield an axe, the team are now offering a new workshop called Drawn to Nature in collaboration with illustrator and artist Esther McManus. This special one-day session is a foray into the world of the West Sussex woodlands. Guests will learn the art of nature journalling, take in the beautiful countryside and develop a keener sense of observation. Any creative hoping to gain a fresh perspective on their surroundings, their own work or simply the way they see things day-to-day will love this little workshop, especially the hand-bound, foil blocked nature journal that comes with it. Each journal has been made by Esther at the London Centre for Book Arts; you can see the process behind making the journals here.
Where? Private woodland. Closest train station: Horsham.
How much? £75
Brushlettering with Lola Hoad of LH Design
One of the most inspiring creatives from YGT’s community and one of our favourite people, designer, entrepreneur and hand letterer Lola Hoad runs regular workshops around the UK for anybody hoping to try their hand at calligraphy. Whether you’re a total beginner or somebody hoping to hone your skills as an illustrator or letterer, Lola’s lovely workshops will teach you about strokes and links, creating letters and words, how to hold the brush, different pressures and textures and ink coverage. By the end of the session, you’ll know your stuff and will leave with your own kit to continue the craft at home. Hosted throughout April and May at a range of beautiful creative venues, including the One Girl Band co-working space founded by Lola, these workshops make perfect gifts and brilliant treats to fuel your creativity in fun, friendly surroundings.
When? 8th April – 3rd May
Where? Surrey, Leicester and Brighton
How much? £49
Weaving with Lucy of Peas and Needles
Lucy of Peas and Needles is a designer and weaver working from her home in Brighton. Her workshops tour fantastic stores and studios around the south of England, including some of our favourite places like the wonderful Geo Fleur shop, West Elm and The Forge. Lucy’s classes are ideal for beginners interested in learning the basics of weaving something gorgeous on a lap loom. The class will cover how to warp up a loom including how to get the tension right, how to make tassels and various weaving techniques. Play with colours and textures using a selection of yarns to create your piece, then take your weave off the loom and get it ready to hang at home. All materials are provided and you’ll leave with your own beautiful weave and a new skill at your fingertips.
When? 19th April – 26th May
Where? London, Oxford, Bath
How much? £47.48
Stargazing and Lunar Photography with Hackney Arts
Hackney Arts are a great organisation offering a range of inspiring programmes, classes and workshops and our pick from their programme of creative events is very special. Print the Moon is a stargazing and Lunar Photography session taking place at east London’s best rooftop bar Netil360. Hackney Arts and the Lumen collective, a group specialising in the art of astronomy and light, have teamed up to offer a guided sky tour and photography session. Using telescopes to see the stars, talk lunar science and learn how to take a unique photograph of the Moon. Then, print your photo using Impossible Project film. The Impossible Project are the only company still making analog, instant-print film. When the last Polaroid factory closed, Impossible came to the rescue. The team are the only people in the world making instant film for classic Polaroid cameras; no small feat.
When? Tuesday 11th April 8:00pm 11:00pm
Where? Netil360 1 Westgate Street
How much? £21.83
Create a Screen Printing Studio at Home with Hello Marilu
Based in sunny south east London, Hello Marilu is a creative lifestyle brand founded and run by Mary-Ann Aveline. Hosting workshops to teach fellow creatives and first timers how to create and decorate all manner of bits and pieces for the home, Mary-Anne’s latest workshops are focused on the creative process and how to hack your home to allow the juices to flow. If you’re a budding screen printer, you’ll love Hello Marilu’s Create a Screen Printing Studio at Home sessions. Visit Mary-Anne’s own home studio to learn everything you need to know about mini print studio etiquette, from mesh and paper types to preparation, development, mixing inks, cleaning and of course, the process of printing onto paper and fabric. These intimate classes are hosted for up to two people so you get the one-to-one tuition you need for this kind of business. Then, take your skills and fresh insights back home and see what you can do.
When? 1st – 22nd April
Where? Marilu Studio
How much? £45
The Blogger’s Market #4
And finally, a real spring treat. The Blogger’s Market is a day of shopping, snacks and creative workshops hosted by four British bloggers making big waves online. The fourth edition of this event promises to be an inspiring one with Carrie of WishWishWish, Olivia of What Olivia Did, Kristabel from I Want You To Know and Lucy from ShinyThoughts selling pre-loved and designer and high street clothing and accessories, along with a bunch of lovely guest bloggers and some of our favourite designer-makers. Free workshops offered by London’s loveliest stationers, creatives and indie businesses will be our reason for stopping by and we’ll certainly be trying our hand at pastel marbling with Pup Tart London, bullet journalling with our friends Ohh Deer and Ghenet Actually and brush lettering with the talented Tori of The Lovely Drawer. With sweet nibbles, drinks and a few special beauty treatments available too, TBM #4 is set to be a wonderful day out in north London. What’s more, it’s totally free.
When? 1st April
Where? Camden Collective
How much? Free
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth