Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Highlights from our Art Of Africa Charity Craft Night

WOW! There was some serious creativity going down at our Art Of Africa Craft Night. Thank you to everyone who came, hope you are enjoying wearing and showing off your creations. Here's some pics from the night - we're so impressed with everyone's work!
And what's more, we raised £59.38 for mental health charity MIND
Read more about our night below...


Why So Shiny aka Elizabeth Joseph is a London based Graphic Designer & Jewellery Designer who specialises in running acrylic jewellery workshops. These run regularly around the capital and they really are fantastic sessions. As a taster of what you can do at one of her classes (which we highly recommend!), Elizabeth ran a pendant making workshop with wooden printed and acrylic shapes. Each one made was a masterpiece. We could open a Make Escape shop with them! Head to her website to find out when her next workshops are! 


Karen runs Reddskin Bespoke Womenswear where she makes you the dress or outfit of your dreams. An expert sewer her creations are made from gorgeous, colourful African print fabrics. There's always some scrap fabrics left over when you're clothesmaking and Karen kindly brought her remnants stash along for a special African fabric earring workshop. 
It was great to see you all wearing your original designs.


The wonderful textiles tutor and baker Alison Beadnell has run several workshops at our craft night before and this month she took on the knit & natter corner where three new people learnt how to knit having never picked up the needles before! WOW!
We were especially thrilled to see regular attendee Arnold who has also learnt to sew by coming to The Make Escape, now learn knitting too. 
Well done everyone. 


Our craft night has always been free and there are no plans to start charging but this month and at our next event we decided to support a fundraising initiative by mental health charity MIND who launched Mind Crafternoons. They are encouraging people to get together and craft - whether that's at home with friends, family, at a local community centre or even at work... and made a donation. 

At The Make Escape we are firm believers is the benefits of crafting, it's an instant de-stresser and we have encountered so many people will depression who have told us crafting and making has made them feel better. Supporting Mind therefore was an obvious decision. 


Be a craft avenger like our Founder Momtaz and the ladies from Mind
Anyone can hold a Mind Crafternoon, all you need is some materials and projects to make, a venue and some participants. If you're not sure what you could make head to the Mind Crafternoon website where there are ideas forprojects to make which are great in the lead up to Christmas. 


Our next craft night is Disco Fever on Tuesday 29th November. As usual it takes place at The Hackney Attic 7.30pm onwards. The event is free to attend but we will be supporting MIND CRAFTERNOON again so please bring a donation.

More details about the night to follow. Keep an eye on our Twitter account! 

See you there!


(and if you have any questions or want to get involved in helping run the night or run a workshop get in touch - email me any time! )

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