Make & Mend Online Festival Experience
We know not everyone that would like to will be able to join us in person on the day so we have a full week of virtual activity planned for those a little too far away or who just arent able to access our event in person. Don't worry we have your crafty and wellbeing needs covered whereever you may be starting evening of Saturday 11th September we will have an exclusive programme of live zoom workshops, pre-recorded activities, patterns and makes to download and a virtual marketplace!
Just book your online ticket for £15 to give you access to all activities, enough to keep you busy all week! If you are coming on the day don't worry you wont miss out as your ticket includes full access to the online programme.
Activity will be a mix of craft and wellbeing makes and talks, we hope there will be something for everyone! Check out a few sneak peaks at the programme below, more to be added soon!
The Online Festival is now live!
Ticket holders should have received an e-mail with the link and password - if you haven't then please get in touch email@example.com
The Art of Paper & Stitch
With Jennifer Collier
Monday 13 September - 7-9pm
Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms.
Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and complex.
Most recently Jennifer has been collecting rarely used, heritage stitches and discovering how to translate the art of lost stitches onto paper, as these techniques are an important part of our creative heritage and she wants to continue to invest time in them to keep them in the present, offering them onto future generations. Jennifer is giving new life to things that would otherwise go unused, unloved or be thrown away…
Join Jennifer to hear all about the art of paper & stitch follwed by a paper flower make along!
Yoga with Kerrie
Tuesday 14 September - 7-8pm
Run by the very wonderful Kerrie Murray Dru Yoga is a beautiful, flowing form of yoga for all abilities and ages. It helps to relax, unwind and stretch out your body. It also revives tired muscles, reduces back pain and combats stress. Yoga gives your body a much-needed rest from all the ‘doing.’ In particular, it gives your mind a chance to stop, relax and find a quiet, still point in your busy world.
Yoga involves so much more than physical poses, practiced on a yoga mat. Yoga is a way of living the very best life you can. It is learning to accept your body, who you are and the situation you are in. But most importantly, it is learning to be kind to - and love - yourself.
Caring for your wellbeing has to come from within. You need to let go of expectations and embrace the present moment. Yoga gives you the tools to do this!
Join Kerrie for live yoga workshops and meditation sessions!
Crystals for Creativity
With Conscience Crystals
Wednesday 15 September - 7-9pm
Join Crystal expert Gemma Pethbridge to find out more about the creative properties of crystals and how to harness their energy!
Did you know you can use crystals to support and even overcome creative blocks? In this fun, interactive class, Gemma will show you how the colour of a crystal helps you understand which part of the creative process it can support. She will then help you identify just what crystal you need right now for your current creative needs.
Whether you have never bought a crystal before or you have a room full of them, this workshop will help take your knowledge to the next level. You do not need any previous experience working with these beautiful stones, all you need to know is that you’re drawn to them, and you would like to learn more.
Crystal Teacher and soon-to-be Author, Gemma Petherbridge of Conscience Crystals, has 14 years of experience in the industry. In this two hour workshop, she will impart as much of her knowledge as she can, so you can go from beginner to a mini crystal expert in that short space of time.
Kintsugi: Mends of Gold
Kintsugi Oxford & ‘Kintsugi: The Poetic Mend’
Thursday 16 September - 7-9pm
Kintsugi is a magical Japanese repair technique that saves our precious and irreplaceable ceramic objects. Rather than making the repair ‘as good as new’, kintsugi tells the story of the pot by highlighting the repaired seams in gold. Loss and recovery, overcoming adversity – these are the lessons we learn from kintsugi.
At Kintsugi Oxford (www.kintsugioxford.com) professional restorer Iku Nishikawa undertakes repairs, offers lessons and workshops (online and in person), and supplies the materials needed for kintsugi repairs.
Bonnie Kemske (www.bonniekemske.com) is the author of Kintsugi: The Poetic Mend, recently published by Bloomsbury Press, in which, through written text, stories, and beautiful photos, she presents kintsugi’s historical and contemporary use and explores its powerful metaphor.
Iku and Bonnie are looking forward to their joint presentation where together they will give the audience an understanding of kintsugi’s technique and tell its fascinating story, as well as answer questions.
Bonnie Kemske – ‘Kintsugi traces memories, bringing together the moment of destruction of the broken pot and the gold seams of repair through finely-honed skills in the creation of a new pot from the old, one that may be stronger and even more beautiful than the original.’
Iku Nishikawa – ‘Whether you are a Grayson Perry follower on Instagram or you just want to fix your broken Diana Royal wedding mug, Kintsugi class is fun for everyone, whatever your skill.’
Yin Yoga & Meditation
With Yoga House Yarm
Friday 17 September 7-8pm
Wind down for the weekend with this pre-recored session with Kerrie.
Leave the stress and anxiety of the week behind with this relaxing Yin Yoga and meditation session.
If you have never tried yoga before this is the perfect chance to try with this slow and mindful practice. Yin is a slow-paced style of Yoga, where postures are held for between three and five minutes.
With a focus on breathing and stretching this session is the perfect way to end the week.
Light Up Your Life!
With Sarah Raad
Saturday 18 September 10am-12pm
When we feel tired, the first thing we do to tackle the issue is to get more rest.
Have you ever had that experience of feeling worn out and then getting a call or invitation to do something from someone you like and suddenly you feel more energetic? Or got a stressful project finished and felt a sudden boost?
Or the opposite, have you had a restful weekend but then one hour back at work and you feel drained and are already looking forward to the next weekend!
What if our lack of energy isn’t about physical tiredness?
What if we are tired because there are too many things in our lives that drain us and not enough that energise us?
And what would life be like if we could remove the drainers, and pinpoint things that energise us?
Because when you do that, everything is easier – you feel more creative, more productive and things start to flow!
In this engaging and insightful workshop, we will do just that!
We will gather and work together to get really clear on our drainers and energisers, tap into our own wisdom about what needs to change for US and make a plan to start making some changes!
With Emma Leith
Saturday 18 September 1-3pm
Join Emma for two hours of crochet fun where you will make a colourful basket. You are invited to dive into a sea of colour as you work a simple pattern with a gentle twist. Learn the art of blending and working random colours as you discover it may not be as random as you thought whilst mastering crocheting in the round to make a circle that lays flat! This mixed ability class is perfect for both the confident beginner and the more experienced crocheter and will include hints, tips and crochet techniques along the way.
Suitable for anyone who has mastered chain stitch and double crochet. The more familiar you are with working these stitches the more you will get out of this class so click on to Youtube and have a practice before you arrive!
This class comes with a PDF pattern tutorial to accompany the lesson plus a list of materials you will need.
Emma is an author, designer and queen of colour! Find out more about her here
Available anytime 11-18 September
Ori Folder Workshop
With Yvette Ja
Pre-record available 11-18 September
Learn to make this no sew book-folder using origami and traditional bookbinding techniques. It's ideal for the complete beginner and you will take away an A6 sized pocket book which doubles up as a folder to keep photos, notes or money in.
3 Steps to Find Calm, Feel in control and Create Joy Workshop
With Gabrielle Treanor
Pre-record available 11-18 September
Mindset and positive psychology coach Gabrielle Treanor helps caring, big-hearted women to bring down the overwhelm so that they feel calmer, more peaceful and happier in their daily lives.
In this workshop Gabrielle will share:
What resiliency is and is not
Why you feeling frazzled is NOT your fault
How to recognise when you’re overwhelmed and why it’s so important you take care of yourself
A fast and effective technique to feel calmer that you can do any time, anywhere
An exercise that puts you back in the driving seat of your life
A powerful action that breathes joy into your daily life without you needing to change a thing
You’ll come away from this workshop equipped with tools you can put into action straight away to soothe your mind and nerves when your stress is high, to feel strong and sure when life seems uncertain, and to bring joy into every single day.
All you need is yourself, a pen and paper, and in the space of less than an hour you'll feel calmer, stronger and ready to bring on the joy!
The Imposter Syndrome Challenge
With Sarah Raad
Pre-record available 11-18 September
Stop worrying, start living!
Many of us are familiar with imposter syndrome, feeling that we are not good enough, talented enough and accomplished enough and that any minute now we are going to be found out as the fraud that we are.
Imposter syndrome affects the lives of many people and the insecurities and uncertainties around the recent pandemic have increased these feelings for a lot of us.
But your coach Sarah Raad has a solution!
In this challenge, you will learn about your imposter syndrome and how to deal with is so that it no longer holds you back in life.
The challenge includes a video to watch and downloadable workbook to work through a five day programme and record your findings. Sarah will help you to explore your imposter syndrome and show you how to start busting your feelings of self doubt and imposter syndrome.
You will learn some quick and easy ways to get your unworthy thoughts back in check and start to generate positive feelings about your talents, strengths and capabilities! You can choose to take action straight away or work through the material in your own time.
Once you have gone through the material and completed the tasks you will feel more confident in your abilities and in control of the unhelpful voice in your head.