Inspired and Create Craft Studios

  Our passion is to get you Inspired , So you can then Create 

Sally Bowman - Mixed Media, Scrapbooking, Art Journaling and Project Life

I grew up in Sway and am lucky enough to still live in the beautiful New Forest, with my husband Russell and our two grown-up children. 

I have made things for as long as I can remember, and my passion is papercrafting and mixed media. I have perpetually inky fingers!

I love to teach: I have the best job there is. My favourite moment in a class is when someone who thinks they aren't creative makes something they love: the look on their face is why I do my job.

Sally Ovenden - Ceramics
I  studied ceramics at Brockenhurst College, before doing a Foundation
Course in Art at Bournemouth. Following this, I did 3D Ceramic Design at
Falmouth College of Art.
In order to raise a family and help run the family business (a local shop for craft
supplies), ceramics was pushed to one side. Three years ago, a chance
opportunity allowed me to rekindle my passion for pottery.
I love it when I teach beginners, particularly if it’s their first experience.
Because of the time involved in pottery with regard to firing and glazing it’s
usually a while before a piece is finished, lots of people have a low expectation
of what they can achieve and the amazement on their faces when they see
their piece for the first time out of the kiln makes it all the more worthwhile

Kirstin White - Artist

Kirstin White trained at Salisbury College of Art between 1979 – 1982.  She is an enthusiastic and experienced tutor who enjoys passing on her knowledge.

During the height of the summer, accompanied by her spotty dog, Kirstin travels the UK painting.  She works in watercolour and frequently includes additional drawing media in her pictures.

Kirstin paints rapidly and on-the-spot.  She is often commissioned to paint at wedding receptions and other events such as parties, music festivals, fetes, fairs and shows.

Kirstin can be booked for demonstrations to Art Societies, for one day workshops and for outdoor painting sessions. She runs regular weekly art clubs in Dummer, Eastleigh and in Winchester. Painting and drawing tuition is available on a one to one basis too.  Life drawing sessions are with students at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, at the University of Southampton.  Additional, general admittance, life drawing sessions are in Winchester.

Kirstin lives on the south coast of England and has a studio in Dummer, near Basingstoke.  She enjoys sailing and, when practical, paints while on the water.  Other hobbies include working her allotment where she grows tulips, dahlias and a wide variety of organic vegetables.  She has two adult children.

Elaine Meli - Florist

Elaine moved to the New Forest with her husband and two children two years ago
and absolutely loves living near the sea. Elaine comes from a horticultural family as
her parents ran a very successful bonsai and design nursery for over 20 years and
exhibited and won several gold medals at the Chelsea Flower show. She is a
graduate of the internationally renowned Merrist Wood college and is a qualified tutor
and has taught weekly classes for Surrey Adult education. In addition to designing
flowers for weddings and events, she also runs
regular workshops from her home in Lymington
and organises flower arranging parties, which are
always creative and highly entertaining. .
“I love flowers! They are exquisite, uplifting and put a smile on people's face, so what’s not to love!”
“It never gets old seeing people’s faces when they walk away from one of my workshops with their beautiful arrangement after nearly always telling me they don’t have a reative bone in their body! I teach step by step so even if you’ve never snipped a stem in your life, don’t worry! Come along and have some fun relaxing creative time for yourself.”

Donna Mcghie - Powertex Tutor and Sculpter

My name is Donna Mcghie and I run Powertex Sculpting Workshops using recycled materials. Powertex is an amazing medium to work with suitable for all ages and abilities. It is a water based fabric hardener that is non toxic and safe to use. Furthermore after 3 weeks curing time it is water resistant so your sculptures can be put on show in the garden.

People often make a point of approaching me after doing a workshop to tell me how therapeutic they found it. There is something about becoming totally engrossed in creating a sculpture or canvas that is unique to you. I often hear it said that we can lose ourselves in art. I actually disagree with this. In my experience the opposite is true. I think we find ourselves in art.

I am a level 4 certified Powertex tutor, which basically means that I have received comprehensive training on all of the products Powertex UK have on offer. I was also delighted to be invited to join their design team for 2018. This means that I get to contribute regularly to the blog on As well as being an honour and a pleasure to do this, being on the design team also nudges me out of my comfort zone on a regular basis, which is no bad thing.

In 2016 my world was turned upside down on its head, when my husband was rushed into Papworth hospital for an emergency heart transplant.

My husband’s recovery was not straight forward, but he has made it. And we are so incredibly grateful to everyone that got us through that time.

With this in mind I now run Art 4 A Heart Powertex Sculpting Workshops. These are my small way of saying thank you to Papworth Hospital.

Any time you see one of my workshops advertised as an Art 4 A Heart Workshop, you can rest assured that £5 of the fee you pay will get sent to the Papworth Hospital Charity.

Karen Tait - Encaustic Artist

I'm Karen I've been running encaustic art workshops for about 5 years I'm based in Eastleigh 
  I've dabbled in lots of different arts and crafts and found this to be the most fulfilling mainly because you don't need to be able to draw or paint to produce amazing art pieces
Its a pleasure teaching students and seeing their faces when they produce amazing pictures in a short space of time
Encaustic is suitable for anybody and beginners are always welcome
I incorporate the encaustic work into my sewing and jewellery making classes and there are a variety of different techniques you can learn
I run various classes all other the place and go to large craft fairs to run taster sessions
Encaustic is very relaxing and stress relieving
The idea of my workshops is to build up little communities where people can make friends and meet like minded people

Christine Warden - Silver Clay ,  Beading, Candle Making,  Knitting and Indian Block Printing
I was born in Manchester then at the age of thirteen relocated to the Pennines  but having moved to the New Forest with my husband over forty five years ago I truly consider this to be my home.   I first of all lived in Lymington, then Milford on Sea before settling in New Milton.   I have two grown up children but sadly lost my husband some years ago.
As a child I was lucky enough to attend a school which positively encouraged craft and creativity and as a result I developed a passion for ‘all things crafty’.  I’m never happier than when I have a project of two on the go.   I even work in a local craft store so you could say that crafting is a big part of my life. 

Lisa Christopher - Artist and Chattering Crayons I have been teaching Art for 15 years from Secondary school to under and postgraduate level.  I have a BA Hons in Fine Art specialising in Painting and a PGCE in Secondary Education.  My creative approach is to give all students the confidence to develop their own creative skills, to think of themselves and to extend their visual language and find their own artistic path.  I set up The Chattering Crayons SKETCHBOOK CLUB  to take away the fear of a blank page.   STudents can come along to draw, paint and collage with inspiring reference materials paired with professional friendly  instruction to produce a piece of artwork to be proud of in a 2hr workshop studio SOCIAL session

Kim Seale - Book binding, Jewellery and Candle Making

I'm based in West Yorkshire and run travelling creative sessions across the country.  I'm passionate about ensuring craft sessions are accessible to all and making sure workshops are calming with more of an emphasis on enjoyment and over perfection while everyone learns new skills.  I did a degree in Textile Crafts at the University of Huddersfield, specialising in textile printing. I've also studied weaving, felting, bookbinding, dark room photography and fine art printing at L'Ecole des Beaux Artes at Besancon, The Academy of Design in Kuopio and Leeds University, as well as studying a range of creative techniques on a foundation course at UcCA Canterbury. I've been running workshops for the last six years and full time for two years, bringing a wide range of different workshops to fantastic venues.  I run sessions for all ages and abilities at galleries, art spaces, festivals, community groups and more.

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