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Spotlight on some of the practitioners we work with

We are lucky to work with many fantastic artists and makers here at The Base and we’ve been keeping an eye on what our some of our workshop practitioners are doing to stay creative and adapt their practice in these challenging times.

Textile and Paper artist, Lucy Dorothy’s paper cutting workshops have been popular additions to our programme. Lucy Dorothy has a wonderful collection of paper cutting template that are great way to get started learning the basic techniques and creating some beautiful artwork as a result. To view the range of paper cutting kits click here.

Click here to find out more about Lucy Dorothy’s artwork and to keep up date with the fantastic paper sculptures Lucy has been working on during this time of lockdown visit @lucydorothyart on social media channels. Lucy Dorothy’s artwork is testament to the amazing versatility of paper craft! Who would have thought you can make a zoo out of paper! Definitely worth checking out!

With our programmes this year, we welcome a new practitioner, Debrah Martin, to The Base. Debrah is a multi-disciplinary practitioner being a painter, writer, teacher and author. Working primarily with oils, Debrah has created a series of short easy to follow online tutorials. To view and subscribe to the series, The Thirty Minute Painter, on YouTube click here. There are lots of tutorials to choose from. You can try your hand at seascapes, landscapes and even pet portraits! It is a great opportunity to see how Debrah paints and enable you to try out her tips and techniques yourself! We hope it will inspire you to join her oils course with us in the future.

You can keep up to date with Debrah’s work across social media channels.
Instagram: @debrahmartin_author_artist
Facebook: @DebrahMartin.Author.Artist
Twitter: @StorytellerDeb

Sophie Hale from A Boat Full of Wool has been popular in bringing the craft of knitting and crochet to the fore in our programme. From knitted Christmas wreaths to arm knitting, Sophie Hale is keen to keep everyone of all ages knitting and engaging with craft. During this time of Sophie has collaborated with jewellery and accessory designer Peaches and Tea to produce a craft kit that is perfect for any crochet or knitting fan! Click here to check out The Bee Box. How about trying Pompom making too, with Sophie’s colourful Pompom kits. Great for kids and adults alike!

You can also keep up to date with @aboatfullofwool across social media channels.

It’s a challenging time for artists, but it’s great to see practitioners teaching on online platforms and creating new fun ways to engage with craft and during lockdown. We hope this inspires you to take up a new craft and keep a look out for our practitioners workshops and courses in our future programmes.