Saturday, 31 October 2015

The Recommendation | Make E11 | Paper cutting with Stacey Williamson-Michie of Two for Joy

I've said before that Leytonstone is a dream for young creatives and I've been actively trying to get more involved with local initiatives and supporting the community I live in. Thanks to a tip from the lovely Laura Lea I found myself at the Make E11 workshop evening at quirky cafe All You Read Is Love. After requesting to join in with a paper cutting class I sat down with Stacey Williamson-Michie of Two for Joy to create a sugar skull masterpiece (if I do say so myself!) Taking halloween very seriously here on the blog...

Stacey is both a paper cut artist and a talented illustrator and is truly passionate about offering workshops and teaching people about something she loves so much - the perfect lady to teach you some new skills. She's a member of the TOMS shoes artist team and regularly joins them to create bespoke artwork, which is then hand painted on to TOMS shoes at their Style Your Sole events. She has created several large scale paper cut installations for TOMS stockists in Cornwall and has painted large scale murals at the new TOMS shop in Carnaby Street. If you happen to be in Norway this November you can catch her at the Paper Artist Collective Pop Up Shop in Oslo in November which is in conjunction with Norway Designs. With a string of workshops behind her for the likes of The Affordable Art Fair, Waltham Forest Council, The Women's Institute, Leytonstone Arts Trail and Laura Lea Designs, I was excited to get stuck in to our spookily themed few hours.

The workshop was chilled out and very relaxed - purposefully kept fairly small to ensure a more personal experience. If you haven't tried out paper cutting before, it's very therapeutic and you find yourself obsessed with completing your design. Ted, Sarah & Jessie joined me on our paper cutting venture and it was lovely to meet new people and chat about numerous things, all whilst producing something and having a cuppa. Stacey has drawn the designs already for you to cut from so there's no need to worry if you're not a natural at the drawing thing.

After hearing more about Stacey's latest ventures and future ambitions (watch this space) I came home feeling truly inspired and I'll certainly be taking the housemates back for an evening of crafts. It even works well as an activity with family as Ted and Sarah well and truly proved, so do think about it for a little birthday or christmas surprise! We were also given a little goody bag to take home with some extra gorgeous treats from the Two for Joy range. I'll be taking some friends back to meet Stacey first but on a typical event you can also letterpress with Russell, wood carve with Sophie or paint pottery with Siobhan.

Siobhan is actually the lady behind Make E11 (what a gal.) She has gathered this group of lovely local artists and designers to host craft nights and not only can you book these specific workshops, but you can also drop in on the night and bring you own art projects to work on and soak up the creative atmosphere. 

For future details of dates with Stacey and Make E11 take a look here. The next event allows you to create a winter poinsettia plant complete with a little pot so perfect for anyone who can't keep a real plant alive. Stacey is also very kindly offering you guys 10% off the workshops. Just use the discount code "EJPiwantin" - go on now off you go!

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