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.
Kerry Witt -
Miss Witt is a world class chocolatier, teacher, demonstrator and judge.
Miss Witt grew up in the New Forest, Hampshire, spending her childhood making sweet treats for friends and family. Her career started early by winning school cake competitions. Age 16 she trained at Brockenhurst and subsequently Southampton City College studying Level 2 & 3 in Hospitality and Patisserie. In 1997 Miss Witt received the acclaimed title of ‘Student Chef of the Year’ for patisserie at Southampton City College. During this period, she worked as a pastry chef at Le Poussin for Michelin star chef Alex Aitken.
Following this she worked as a Pastry Chef at Bluebird Chelsea and Carey’s Manor Brockenhurst to name a few, before setting up Chocolate by Miss Witt in 2012.
Miss Witt has received World Academy of Chocolate Awards since 2015 to present. Miss Witt is respected in the fine chocolate industry, being a member of the judging panel at the Academy of Chocolate Awards, and a judge at Wessex Salon Culliare competitions.
Miss Witt makes bespoke chocolates for her clients including several 4-star hotels. She is respected within the bar and drink industry designing chocolate to go with cocktails. In 2015 she collaborated with The Library Cocktail Bar in Southbourne (part of the Larder House restaurant) to create a chocolate glass with flavours of a cocktail for bartender Harry King. This was for his entry into the UK world class cocktail competition. Harry was ranked as part of the top 50 bartenders in the UK.
She has developed chocolates for Pothercary Gin and is currently working with Bombay Sapphire to create chocolates for their distillery at Laverstoke.
Miss Witt takes part on the demo stage at food festivals across the south, and works with Rhinefield House Hotel to entertain corporate clients which led to a request to demo in Spain. Miss Witt regular appears on BBC Radio Solent as the Chocolate Expert on The Kitchen Garden lunch time show.
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 www.powertex.co.uk. 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. www.papworthhospitalcharity.org.uk
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
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.