Meet the Tutors
Nicky Painter - Owner
Married to her husband of 15 years, Adrian and live in New Milton.
Born in the New Forest, after being a Travel Agent in Both Hosking World Travel in New Milton and Atkins Travel in Lymington, she then moved to Southampton Airport. Nicky then started working at Gatwick where she met her Husband. Moved back to the New Milton 2 years ago after her job change with British Airways at Heathrow.
Teaching craft since 2008, her passions everything crafty.. needle felting, wet felting, Folk art ( You can Folk it ! ambassador), Rubber stamping, paper crafts, scrapbooking, 3D art and home décor items.
Apart from crafting Nicky loves to walk, play golf, horse riding, cook, garden and keep fit.
"Crafting is my way of relaxing after a busy day at work, I love to teach and meet new people.. seeing people happy with what they have created and the smile on their faces makes me happy"
Emma Bailey - Stained Glass and Childrens Workshop
Emma is in her early forties and has 2 daughter’s.
I graduated from my BA (hons) Fine Art in Context in 1999 and have a varied and experimental arts practise. I enjoy pushing the boundaries of an art medium and seeing what else I can make it do, or how it reacts combined with different things.
I was a teacher for 7 years in secondary schools, and delivering adult education. In 2017 I took the plunge and set up my business Create&Prosper workshops.
I have had an affection for glass and particularly coloured glass for as many years as I can remember, there is something elemental and truthful about glass that I am passionate about. It is also a material that commands respect and focus (or it can bite!) Time has not changed glass, only the designs that are created with it, which is another reason why I have such desire to make stained glass pieces. Art is not optional for me, it is what I need to do to function properly. I was made to create works of art, and I just love facilitating others to be able to do the same. My job is a privilege and a pleasure.
Donna Wilkins - The Crochet Company
My name is Donna and I love all things crochet!
My crochet home is based in Southampton, right down on the South Coast of the UK, where I live with my very understanding husband (who is drowning in yarn), two slightly crochet-embarrassed teenagers (I do whip the hook out wherever we go).
I design and create crochet items and kits with a modern look as well as . I love teaching crochet. It's brilliant to be able to pass the skills to someone and see their face when they create something beautiful all by themselves (I have some very clever students!).
I believe that crocheting (and other similar crafts) deliver some fantastic benefits in relieving stress and helping us be 'mindful' in this busy, crazy, constant world we live in. I know that it certainly helps me switch off from challenging days
Yolanda Ruddiman - Textile Artist
Ive been designing and creating for 15 years, since designing my wedding
dress and making my own jewellery and table decor. After years as a vintage trader and furniture painter, I found my passions are vintage items, especially textiles and wooden boxes; re-purposing items that might
otherwise be thrown away (everything can be used for something!); nature & natural materials - wood, metal, glass - I am obsessed with flowers! All my workshops will carry elements of recycling, vintage and natural
materials to create a new piece of art for your home, or as a gifts.
Rachel Brown - Fused Glass
Hello my name is Rachael and I'm a designer and maker with a passion for colour and glass.
Over the years I have tried many crafts and enjoyed most of them. In 2013 I found glass fusing and now I'm hooked.
I started teaching others after a friend persuaded me to run a workshop in her Art Shop. I was so nervous to start with, but I soon realised I love teaching others as much as I like making things myself. It is a great feeling when I help people get over the "I'm not very creative" or "I don't know what to make" stage.
I now run various workshops, from an introduction to glass fusing to a 6 week beginners course. I also run Funky Fusers workshops. Funky Fusers workshops are suitable for all as there is no glass cutting involved and all the materials have smooth edges
Sara Braxton Knitting and Quilting
"I have always been a crafter and think that the first item I knitted was a jumper for my teddy bear - which he still wears!
I have a City & Guilds qualification in Creative Textiles, specialising in patchwork and quilting. Since giving up full time work I have been able to indulge my passion for crafting, making several quilts for friends and running my own craft stand full of hand stitched and knitted toys, quilts and all sorts.
I love sharing my crafting knowledge and passing on any tips that I can.