How To Make A ‘Boho’ Day Bag Out of an Old Liberty Skirt

We hope you are all keeping well and you are finding a little time to stroll outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, every day if you can. Recently I have been making useful bags for going out on a walk and carrying a flask with a drink and some snacks and also for holding all the usual handbag items that might be needed.

The basic instructions of how to make a simple tote bag can be found here:

http://www.createdisplay.com/?p=2365

Handmade bag by A Howse

Handmade bag by A Howse

Alternatively last week I posted a tutorial about how to sew a relatively large tote using upcycled wool scarves. The blue spot tote is strong but it is not heavy to carry and it has space for some grocery shopping essentials.

http://www.createdisplay.com/?p=2394

Boho bag front

Boho bag front

This week I am demonstrating how you can repurpose an old vintage skirt to make a unique 'bohemian' inspired day bag. The pleated 'A' Line wool skirt was made by Liberty probably in the 1980's and I bought it second hand about 15 years ago. A few years ago I shortened the length to create a short flared skirt. Then I added a deep edging of black-watch wool tartan about two years ago. This alteration made it warmer for the winter and enabled the garment to coordinate with more of my wardrobe.

 

After many wears the quality fabric is still in great condition so I decided to transform it into a 'designer' accessory instead.

The first thing I did was to turn the skirt inside out and then cut two large petal shaped lining pieces the same length as my skirt. In this instance, I stitched two similar weight, offcut fabrics together to form my large rounded petal bag shape. So I have a fun bi-coloured lining!

Boho bag lining

Boho bag lining

I then lay the 'inside out' skirt flat on my workbench and added the lining pieces to the top and the bottom so that the skirt was in the 'middle of the sandwiched' fabric.

 

The next step was pinning and sewing the bottom edges of the skirt together with my sewing machine. I took care to stick to an imaginary line where I had pinned about 2cms inside of the petal shaped lining to leave a neat edge.

I cut away the excess fabric from the 'corners' or flat edges of the skirt that were not needed now the petal bag shape was emerging.

Turning the bag the right way round again, I pressed the inside lining pieces to make a straight top edge opening, for the botanically patterned carry-all. I then pressed the Liberty wool edges to match the lining fabric tops, so they all lined up neatly.

 

I chose a wide dark green zip from Hobbycraft to match the colours nicely. Hand-sewing the zip smartly in place at the top of the bag, I then used my sewing machine to firmly attach it in place.

Using some off-cut navy wool from my previous project, I crafted the handbag shoulder handles. To visually 'lift' the design and add more interest, I stitched the dark blue log lengths to some red and white woven braided ribbon 6 cms wide. This has given the bag straps a striking decorative detail.

To exaggerate the 'Boho' style of this bag I gathered both the bottom side corners of the bag using a thick dark thread. I securely stitched the gathers in place once the fabric was ruched just how I liked it.

Boho bag straps

Boho bag straps

To complete the original features of this naturally styled item, I added a deep pocket to the front of the bag, using left over wool pieces from this project so far. As this Liberty pattern is made of outlined dark florals and foliage, I chose to cut a leaf shape to add a central detail to the front of the pocket. I pressed the edges under all the way and hand sewed it in place like a little appliqué.

To balance the colours and pick out the details attractively, I added an easy straight stitch embroidery using a thick white cotton knitting ball I had to hand.

A Howse holds Boho bag to front

A Howse holds Boho bag to front

This practical product idea would also be suitable for a school or work satchel if you are (or are making for) a key worker or for a young person still attending school at the moment.

I hope that this article helps you to think about using this time to repurpose some of your existing clothes and old fabrics into something new and wonderful. Staying at home can save lives at the moment and we wish you good luck with all your home crafting.

We would love to know if you make an upcycled day bag by sending us a quick photo email or posting on our Facebook page, see our contact info page here:

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We hope you have many happy grocery shop outings and safe distance exercises!

We wish you all good health and hope your Spring season is as happy as can be.

 

Make A Big Tote Bag When Staying In, For Your Essential Trips Out

navy spot bag by A Howse

navy spot bag by A Howse

We hope you are all enjoying a sunny Friday now Spring is finally here. We also hope you are keeping positive and finding creative ways to spend more time at home now. We are all staying in to help the amazing National Health Service team up with our other security and emergency services and save lives, during this important time trying to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Read about some more ideas on how to stay at home successfully here:

https://www.hotenough.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-12-tips-for-staying-home-successfully/

During this time at Create Display we would like to bring you useful and artistic articles and tutorials to provide some engaging solutions for activities to brighten up your days whether you are at home helping the NHS, or if you are at home in social isolation. Do contact us to let us know what you have cleverly crafted!

 

Our online shop is open and we plan to add some more original pieces to the collection soon.

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back of navy spot bag

back of navy spot bag

This project can be made easily by one person in one session sewing. Why not involve other younger members of the family and show them some basic sewing techniques? This week I have made a new bag to hold all my essentials and shopping as we adapt to our new routine of only going out to exercise and buy groceries when we really need to. We are very lucky to live by the coast and have a garden and shops we can walk to nearby. So this bag has enough room to store key food items like break and milk. This simple tote has two front pockets for a small Thermos flask and my purse.

Taking your own favourite hot drink is now a 'must have' as unfortunately all the cafes are closed for the next few weeks at least. As we always have plenty of rain showers most months in the UK this bag has a wide zip top and is made of two layers of good quality wool. This means the bag is strong and durable and it can be washed on a wool wash which is hygienic and will keep it look an smelling fresh. A cool iron can be used too to hold the shape nicely.

AH navy spot bag with flasks

AH navy spot bag with flasks

This bag was made the same way that the previous tote bags were made in my last blog tutorial you can see here, I just made it 50% bigger:

http://www.createdisplay.com/?p=2365

To start I selected the fabric. I upcycled a navy wool scarf with pale pink spots that I had worn a lot and wanted to reinvent into something new and lovely. I found some heavy vintage navy wool in my fabric stash and used it for the bottom of the bag and the lining. The dark navy wool works well for the bottom section of the bag as it will not mark easily if the bag is put down on the ground at any point. I have also made the generously wide straps out of this strong plain blue material so they can hold lots of weight in case I buy anything heavy.

To keep the design looking cheerful and give it a white blossom inspired flourish, I have edged the front pockets and the straps by hand with a rows of shaped roses in slightly opaque polyester ribbon. The white stripes also help me be seen by other traffic if the daylight is dim down our country lanes.
AH nacy spot bag detail

AH navy spot bag detail

This spotty accessory is unique and if you do go to the supermarket you won't get mixed up with anyone else's trolley. I hope this post may motivate you to create your own unique item out of second hand supplies online (most shops are closed for a while) or fabrics, clothes and soft furnishings you already own.

I can recommend my local independent fabric shop The Eternal Maker where you can shop online and receive supplies in the post

.https://eternalmaker.com/

I purchased my matching zip from Hobbycraft
https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/

Stay in, keep creative and be well, we're all in this together!

 

Sewing Simple Tote Bags for Handmade Presents

Personalised tote bag

Personalised tote bag

It is simple to sew some personalised tote bags for your friends and family. These eco-friendly presents are sure to please them at any time of the year. Ideal for keeping in the car and in the hallway for trips to the market or grocery shops, these shoulder bags are cute enough to take to town and hit the fashion and antique stores too. This man bag has hand embroidered initials so nobody else will ever pick it up by mistake and the textured emblem adds an individual touch to the design.
Tote bag base sew

Tote bag base sew

Step 1: Decide how big you would like your finished bag to be. Measure your base fabric with two times the height of your bag plus allowing 40mm extra fabric for hems all the way around the bag width and height. You can sew different fabrics together like a patchwork to make the base size you want and this can make the bag more striking. Add a bag lining by cutting a piece of fabric the same size and placing it beneath your main fabric.

Step 2: Cut a panel at least 100mm deep and the width of your bag plus 40mm for hem allowance. Press and sew the edges neatly and use the sewing machine to attach the panel onto your bag across the middle, to form an extra bag base layer.

making denim pocket tote bag

making denim pocket tote bag

Step 3: Select a contrasting fabric to make a front pocket which is 50mm less wide and high than your basic bag. This bag will have multiple pockets as it utilises a section from a pair of jeans which already has extra pockets. Fold and press the 20mm hem edges of the pocket inwards and sew around the pocket and onto the front of the main bag piece. Making sure to leave the top section open so you can access the pocket and check that it lines up with the front face of the bag correctly.

Adding straps to tote bag

Adding straps to tote bag

Step 4: Take a substantial weight fabric in a polyester or similar strong weave and cut two strips of fabric 50mm wide and double the height of your bag plus an extra 500mm to allow for the bag strap length. Using an iron press the hem edges of the strips inwards and then fold to give the desired strap width. Ensure the finished strap is at least 20mm wide to allow for easy stitching and make it comfortable on the shoulder to use.

Sew the straps on each long edge to form the neat long shapes. Using pins attach to the front of your bag on each side of the front pocket and check the strap length is appropriate for the height of the bag user. Turn the ends under neatly out of sight and sew onto place. Line up the remaining strap on the back of the bag to match the front strap position and sew in place.

SSewing tote bag sides together

Sewing tote bag sides together

Step 5: Fold the length of the bag in half 'inside out' so the bag lining is on show. Sew two lines of stitching close together along the side edges of the bag being careful not to catch the straps in your stitching lines. Turn the bag the right way around to see your finished bag.

Bag with clasps and ribbon

Bag with clasps and ribbon

Step 6: One optional extra feature is to add large clasps to your bag. Cut tiny slits in the fabric at the top middle of your back at least 50mm from the top edge. Insert the outer metal clasp prongs into the slits and use a small pair of pliers to bed the metal flat to secure the clasp. Repeat with the inner metal clasp on the other side of the bag and your bag will be able to be securely closed.

Vintage fabric tote bag

Vintage fabric tote bag

Making tote bags is a great way to upcycle up pretty vintage fabrics that would have previously been used for soft furnishings. Making patterned bags can also be a brilliant way to add interest to a plain outfit and even very bold and very young feminine patterns can be worn by all people of ages.

Strong checked fabric bag

Strong checked fabric bag

Selecting heavier fabrics will ensure you can carry heavy objects in your bag. Think about what the maximum thickness of fabric can be that your machine can sew happily once you have a lining and 'double folded layers' when you are sewing the sides together.

Plaid bag with floral brooch

Plaid bag with floral brooch

Another way to embellish your original product designs is to add handmade brooches and badges. Brooch backs and clasps are available at almost every haberdashery craft shop in the UK. This vintage fabric floral brooch pins this unique tote bag together stylishly.

Do send us photos of your handmade tote bags and enjoy giving these pretty little gifts, that don't take very long to create. Ditching plastic in favour of natural materials is good for the environment and these tote bags can be used for storing small items tidily around the home too .   Have a creative day!

 

Upcycle a Full Midi Length Silk Skirt into a Totally Unique Tunic Top

Silk top from left side

Silk top from left side

January is a great time of year to go through your wardrobe and have a good sort out.

Repairing, updating and altering your garments is better for the environment. 

Although it is tempting to hit the sales and stock up on more fast fashion, this uses the planets precious resources of water and energy during the retail production process.

Sometimes it can happen that we like an item of clothing in our wardrobe but we just don't wear it enough to justify the hanging space.

 

 

basic tunic shape

basic tunic shape

This can sometimes be because although the quality, colour and fabric of the dress (for example) is good,  the garment does not suit our favourite silhouette.

By this we mean the shape or outfit choice that we most select to wear, for example an 'A' line dress and short cardigan or skinny trousers and a loose top.

 

 

 

silk triangles for shwl collar

silk triangles for shwl collar

In this post we are transforming a full lined, midi length skirt with a zip waist into a loosely fitted tunic top with full sleeves and a wide 'roll neck' collar with a zip at the back.

Start by making sure your skirt is ironed and laid flat and smoothed out on your table and the fastening is at the centre of the fabric.

Skirt waist becomes new top collar

Skirt waist becomes new top collar

Make sure the back and front of your fabric is lying on top of eachother perfectly so that the bottom seams are matching correctly.

Select a top that fits you well already. Using it as a pattern, lay out the garment and pin around your favourite shirt to create the right shape for your new tunic. Leave plenty of length for full sleeves.

 

sewing new arm holes

sewing new arm holes

Cut around your pins making sure you leave 20 mm for hemming all the way around. Just leave the bottom hem as it will form the bottom of your new top.

See this previous tutorial blogpost for more details on how to do this:

http://www.createdisplay.com/?p=2308

Take the pieces you have left over and cut in two to create four triangular pieces.

 

 

 

 

flat cuff pieces

flat cuff pieces

Ironing a small hem around each piece lay the pieces around the inside the new collar of the tunic (what was the waist of the skirt) and sew in place either by hand or by machine whichever you think will look more attractive on the front of your new blouse.

If your original skirt has a lining, cut off the newly created arm sections so that just two large arm holes remain so the tunic will hang from the shoulders nicely without too much bulky fabric. Neatly press and hem the arm holes by machining all the way around.

ruched cuff ready to sew

ruched cuff ready to sew

Cut two strips of flat elastic approximately twice the width of your hand at its widest point so that you will be able to easily push your arm through the cuffs.

Lay the elastic pieces on top of two pieces of silk or similar weight fabric leaving 20 mm around the sides and top of the elastic strips. Sew the elastic onto the middle of the silk pieces and attach together at the ends so they make a loose circular shape.

 

 

both cuffs on silk shirt

both cuffs on silk shirt

Hand sew the elastic cuffs into place on each arm creating a flattering shape for your body type and leaving a comfortable hem on the bottom of each sleeve.

We made four 'rings' of sewing to attach the elasticated cuffs in toital so that the silk fabric layers lie comfortably flat and hang well once ironed.

 

Silk top looking at wall hanging

Silk top looking at wall hanging

Enjoy wearing your new tunic top and don't forget to add a belt if you want to dress up your look, show off your waist and add definition to your outfit.

Alternatively wear with skinny leggings or trousers or tuck into high waisted jeans.

For a more relaxed look for relaxing at home for example pair with wide leg trousers or a short skirt and tights if it is cool.

   
Silk top close up front

Silk top close up front

The pattern on this shirt is quite bold so it is a good idea to coordinate with plain pieces to keep the outfit elegant.

Let us know if you are inspired to upcycle any of your apparel this Spring.

We love to see your handmade projects so do contact us at our Create Display page on facebook or email a message and photo to:

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Have a creative day!

 

Happy New Year 2020!

Handmade Xmas Card

Handmade Xmas Card

Happy New Year! Wishing you a delightful 2020!

We hope you all had a great Christmas and so far the new decade has been wonderful.

I'm sure you have all had a busy festive season and its been a few weeks since I last posted onto the Create Display website.

This post will serve as an initial mini winter catch up with more crafty project updates in the pipeline!

Sussex sunrise

Sussex sunrise

Talking of the holidays, this year we made some handmade Christmas cards for those people we were meeting up with over the festive season.

The image on the cards was inspired by the sunrise view in winter in Chichester harbour in Sussex. The reindeer reminds us of the deer that can often be seen relaxing in or running across the fields.

red handmade Xmas card

red handmade Xmas card

To begin the little project we put carols on the studio radio and then selected a carved wooden decorative block that was already in our Christmas craft box. I liked the round shape of the block, that was initially sourced locally.

Metallic acrylic paints from Hobbycraft were painted over the block and pressed onto the printed image that was created using an HP Laser Jet Pro (MFP M477fnw) and standard white A4 paper.

A white fine liner pen from Paperchase was then used to detail the text and outline the reindeer.

 

Multicoloured  Xmas cards

Multicoloured Xmas cards

The cards were then cut around the letters, with a sharp craft knife from Hobbycraft, to form an unusual shape that 'popped' out when the card was opened.

Old glitter from our Christmas craft supplies was then sprinkled onto pva glue dots that were applied with the end of a thin paintbrush to finish the jolly paper tokens with a bit of magical sparkle.

I like to collect and use rubber stamps for the inside of my cards with appropriate messages for the season and treat myself to a metallic pen for embellishment. The January sales is a good time to buy these materials ready for the end of next year.

 

More winter craft projects to follow on my next post soon…

Have a super creative day!

https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/ Extra craft supplies from Hobbycraft
https://www.paperchase.com/en_gb/ Fine white and metallic writing pens from Paperchase

 

Happy Halloween

Hand carved pumpkin

Hand carved pumpkin

Happy Halloween from Create Display!

We hope you enjoy a fun filled weekend celebrating everything spooky, scary and Autumnal related.

As you can tell our favourite part (along with some great spooky music classics) is the pumpkin carving which has been part of Halloween tradition for generations.

pumpkin in garden

pumpkin in garden

Here we have created a simple welcoming display at the cottage by stringing up soft white fairy lights in a festive path to the front door.

A clear plastic shoe box has been quickly covered with recycled clear gold star wrapping paper. This provides a base to support a rectangular stone and  this jolly glowing alternative lantern.

A basic cm diameter white candle is stuck into the middle of the orange vegetable and lit with a match. The 'lid' is then popped on to add to the striking effect.

pumpkin cake and pumpkin soup

pumpkin cake and pumpkin soup

The wonderful thing about pumpkins is there is a whole big mixing bowl of pumpkin flesh with which to make delicious dishes. Here we have chosen to bake a pumpkin and cranberry cake with ginger and cinnamon. Warm up ready for going out into the cold with a healthy soup with red onions, lentils and spinach and plenty of spices.
Don't forget to bake those pumpkin seeds for 10 minutes,  yum!  

 

How To Upcycle a Designer Skirt into a One Off Dress

Finished Dress with Interior Textiles

Finished Dress with Interior Textiles

Buying second hand and vintage clothing like this colourful Pierre Cardin skirt is better for the environment.

It is worth re-cutting, customising and upcycling pieces you already own as it is a fun way of personalising your wardrobe and it ensures you use everything you have, for as long as possible.

As this dress is meant to be floaty and roomy to allow for wearing on hot days I am keeping the construction super simple. To start I laid the ironed skirt spread out flat, making sure the button and zip of the skirt is exactly at the middle of the back of the skirt, against the table.

 

Skirt to Dress Upcycle 1

Skirt to Dress Upcycle 1

Step 1:

Firstly take a garment from your existing wardrobe that fits and hangs well and use the shape as a guide for creating the arms and the body of the garment. This stripey Laura Ashley cotton jumper is perfect as a guide. Plus it will lie flat easily and not move around like other more silky shirts might.

I pin around the outline of the jumper and allowing 20mm for a seam allowance around the sweater and cut the new shape out of the skirt. I ignore the bottom hem of the jumper though, as I want my dress to be as long as the drop of the skirt was, finishing just a couple of centimetres above my knees.

Cutting Dress Pockets

Cutting Dress Pockets

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Step 2:

Secondly, turn the two main pieces inside out. They are joined at what was the waistband of the skirt and is now the neckline of the dress, already complete with a zip and a button at the back of the neck.

Step 3:

Thirdly sew along the sides and underneath what will now be the sleeve edges on both sides reveal the dress shape ready to go. Make sure to leave generous openings for the hands and armholes to make sure that popping this tunic on a breeze. Turn the garment right side out again and lay front face up on the table.

 

Dress Pockets Ready to Stitch

Dress Pockets Ready to Stitch

Step 4:

The fourth step uses the lovely cut out fabric from the extra skirt width, which is now not needed. These offcuts are perfect for constructing a pair of useful pockets. Just make a template out of a piece of unwanted A4 printer paper (from your recycle bin) by folding the paper in half lengthways and using paper scissors to cut a curved shape that will fit the size of your hands neatly.

Step 5:

The fifth step is to cut out your pocket pieces and as before, leave a 20mm hem around the template.

 

Finished Dress in the Garden

Finished Dress in the Garden

Then cut out two lining pieces in exactly the same way. Pin the 'wrong' pocket sides together and sew around the edges leaving a gap that is large enough to pull the fabric the right way around again.

Step 6:

Then press and sew the gap up and you will have two pretty shaped pockets. Position the pockets on the front of the dress so you can put your hands into them easily at the right height and pin. Then just sew the pockets onto the front of the dress leaving them open and accessible at the top and sewing neatly along the edges of the lined pockets to keep them in place.

Your dress is now ready to wear, just a belt in a coordinating colour if you like to highlight your waist. This dress is fairly short in length but it has long sleeves that look good simply rolled up, so it is perfect for hot summer days.

As the mornings and evenings become cooler, cosy up by adding layers.

Co-ordinating tights, leggings, a cardigan or jacket all work well.

Add boots and a pashmina style wrap. and you are all set for Autumn.

 

 

How to Keep Your Home Cool with Coastal Textiles

Vintage tablecloth in Forest

Vintage tablecloth in Forest

This summer we have enjoyed a heatwave along the south coast of England.

The longer days and dry weather are useful for drying fabrics on the line outside.

We wanted to give a soft, cool and welcoming feel to our cottage this season so we have dyed some vintage textiles a luscious green.

Handmade Wall Hanging & Cushions by A Howse

Handmade Wall Hanging & Cushions by A Howse

This tablecloth is special because it has a beautiful lace detail and is excellent quality linen. However it was slightly marked in places as it is at least three generations old and has been stored in the loft for some years. So we gave it a new lease of life using Dylon machine wash dyes.

A rainbow of shades can be purchased for a few pounds from good haberdashery stores like Closs & Hamblin and Hobbycraft. Hardware stores with a big range like Robert Dyas in the UK are also a good place to look for Dylon displays.

Garden wall hanging by A Howse

Garden wall hanging by A Howse

I consider carefully before using machine dyes as the chemicals can be harmful to the environment if used in large quantities. I like to collect several pieces together of clothing and soft furnishings to get the most out of each load I put in my appliance. It is great to refresh and reinvent garments and home textiles and make them useful again.

This time I added to the project basket several cushion covers I made upcycling strips of pre-loved fabrics and sewing them together in stripes. The forest green colour by Dylon blends perfectly with the Van Gogh apples rug that can be seen here: http://www.createdisplay.com/?p=1961

Deer in West Sussex field photo by A Howse

Deer in West Sussex field photo by A Howse

The Osborne Bay wall hanging hanging above the chestnut leather sofas finishes off this cool textiles look.

The countryside view from the windows and the bold plants in this sitting room interior combine to add more soft lime and lush emerald hues. These botanical splashes are a great way to liven up the natural colour scheme of the walls, ceiling and furniture while keeping the overall look chilled and inviting.

   
References:  
https://www.dylon.co.uk/en/home.cky.html Dylon UK

 

New Wall Hanging Inspired by Spring Sunshine and Showers

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

My latest hand made wall hanging is inspired by the Spring rainbows that brighten up the skies during the cool changeable weather we get in West Sussex well into May.

This original piece features a young woman walking her dog along the shore at Bosham which is one of the historic waterside villages within the winding natural coastline and port of Chichester.

The old church at Bosham (which is featured in the Bayeaux tapestry) can be seen in the background.

 

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

Vintage fabrics by Viyella and Blendworth are used to construct the piece along with wools and beads to create this one off upcycled textile artwork.

Fabric paints and embroidery threads describe the colourful scene where the girl splashes through the water in her Wellingtons with her canine companion striding ahead.

Waves crash onto the beach and the windy day atmosphere is created with textured stitching in the sparkling water and extra applique clouds.

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

Painted poles give structure to the hanging which is finished with twisted copper wire ready for easy hanging.

This home accessory can be carefully rolled and transported easily and is ideal for those who travel or rent and like to move their pictures or change their interiors frequently.

 

For more details and to view and purchase other work in the collection head over to our online shop.

We are looking forward to more pieces in the pipeline to follow online over the next few weeks too…

 

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Rainbow over Field West Sussex photo by Amanda Howse

Rainbow over Field West Sussex photo by Amanda Howse

This is one of the best rainbows we have enjoyed this Spring.

This 'pot of gold' is in a flowering rapeseed field looking towards the South Downs in West Sussex.

For more of the latest stories about what is happening on the South coast and beyond this season, check out our exciting new online news blog:

 

 

https://www.hotenough.com/

hotenough.com

News and whats hot

 

Van Gogh Inspired Portraits and Arty March Madness

10 minute portrait of Xin by A Howse

10 minute portrait of Xin by A Howse

Walter deForest gave a superb performance as Van Gogh and brought the Dutch master's life and his work to life through telling his story. 

Participants were encouraged to draw their audience neighbours and this is a portrait in pen of a gentleman we just met called Xin.

As these were the first portraits we have done for some time we were pleased when Xin wanted to take it home to enjoy with his family who were also enjoying the cultural occassion.

Sunflower picture by A Howse

Sunflower picture by A Howse

Everyone drew sunflowers throughout the evening of course!

It was great to experience such a high qulity inclusive accessible arts production in an inner city area which is currently going through a lot of change and regeneration.

This community arts center is the home of Draper Together which is a charity that aims to forge a strong and positive community through its inclusive programme which focuses on youth arts and theatre.

Li girls drawings at Drapers Hall

Li girls drawings at Drapers Hall

Drawings by the Li girls at Drapers Hall[/caption]
People of all ages had an educational and fun time and everyone enjoyed the delicious home cooked supper and hot drinks that were provided so carefully by the enthusiastic team at Drapers Hall.
Cherry Blossom at Drapers Hall

Cherry Blossom at Drapers Hall

 

We look forward to going to more special shows at this Southwark centre soon and more brilliant crazy art days in the future!

We also plan to see the Van Gogh exhibition at tate Britain which is in London for a couple of months from the end of March and is sure to be a visual treat!

https://communitysouthwark.org/organisations-venues/venues/draper-hall Draper Hall

http://www.waltermichaeldeforest.com/

Walter deForest
https:/www.drapertogether.org/ Draper Together
https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/ey-exhibition-van-gogh-and-britain Van Gogh at Tate Britain