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Meet the Maker #4

HELLO BECKY AKA @TIT_TS

 

Soooooo Becky, how are you finding the winter so far?

The winter is my favourite time of year! It allows me to have an excuse to stay inside and make lots of things.

 

What’s your favourite material to work with?

My favourite medium is embroidery as ive got the most experience but I’m really enjoying using fimo clay cos there’s so much you can do with it! (Fave being making miniature vaginas ?)


When did you start making things and how long have you been making things for?

I’ve been creative all my life, but have really honed in on my specialism in the past year or so. I created my embroidery account as a bit of a boredom thing around a year and a half ago and didn’t realise people would actually like my stuff. Also if you scroll down my feed it shows that practice really helps you to become better at something ?

 

What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever made?

My favourite piece has to be my Mia Wallace portrait which I’ve recently sold! It was hard to part with as it was my first portrait but I’m so glad she has a home now.

 

 

What do you do/tell yourself at times when you think, ‘Oh no, I don’t have enough time to do anything creative’?

When I don’t have time to be creative! Which seems all the time now I’ve started a new job, is just give yourself 5 minutes of the day – even if it’s just a quick sketch on the tram or thinking of things you could create while you’re walking home from work.

 

Any advice to other local creatives?

My advice is just make stuff ! Do stuff ! And put it out there, you never know who will fall in love with it ?????

Thank you for your wise words of encouragement Becky!!

 

Becky’s jewellery will be available to buy on Sunday at the CH Plus + Dulcimer Christmas Market !

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Meet the Maker #3

Maker number 3 is the fabulous Suzy Schwenk! As well as making beautiful jewellery and being one of our first artists to get involved, Suzy has been CH+’s number one volunteer since the beginning. She’s volunteered at all our sales and most of our F-Art club groups (including earlier in the morning than anyone would want!).

Thank you so much Suzy <3

How are you finding the winter so far?

It’s a bit cold and dark but a good excuse to do lots of knitting.

What’s your favourite material to work with?

At the moment I’ve mostly been working with beads and stones but I love doing anything crafty where I can work with my hands.

When did you start making things and how long have you been making things for? I’ve always loved making things but have only started making jewellery (which is currently my main focus) in the last few months.

What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever made?

I made a panda on a stick once that I was very proud of.

Any new years resolutions?

To be more tolerant and spend less time in my pyjamas.

Any advice to other local creatives?

You don’t have to be amazingly talented to be creative and enjoy making things.

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CH+ and Dulcimer Christmas Market

Excited to announce the CH+ & Dulcimer Christmas Market!


Come on down to Dulcimer between 12-7pm on Sunday 9th December to take part in a local, creative Christmas.

At CH+, we firmly support the #justacard movement, promoting the immense value of local and independent creativity. To you it may be ‘just a card’, but to the person who made it, it’s much more.

Help keep local creative ventures like CH+ sustainable by buying local this Christmas.

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Come to our second SPOOOOOOKY sale!

Come along this Saturday 10-4.30pm to Coffee Cranks in Alexandra Park where will be hosting our second spooky sale of our fabulous artists’ wares, this time including new additions Becky Beighton and Jayne Pennington!

Come and suck up this beautiful view with us and purchase some lovely spooky seasonal gifts and support a local cooperative in the process.

“Remember, the big corporate shops don’t shout ‘Yay’ and do a jig when you buy one of their goods. We do. Make someone jig this Autumn!”

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Thank you to all our happy customers!

Phew, what a great day!

Thank you to everyone who came and purchased handmade goods and piece of art from our artists on Sunday at Dulcimer.

 

Artist Suzy Schwenk was a star all day and thank you to everyone else who came down to show your support.

 

Thank you also to superstar flamenco guitar player Tom Page for providing us with some gorgeous live music later in the afternoon.

We had some lovely work from the wonderful Becky Beighton @tit_ts which went down a storm.

Keep your eyes on this space, as more goodies will be uploaded onto our shop over the next few days.

 

 

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Launch Event // Art Sale // Family Activities // Live Music

It’s finally here!

Join us on the ground floor of kind Dulcimer in Chorlton this Sunday 14th October for our official CH+ launch event.

Everything on the website and many more exclusive items from our existing and new artists will be for sale on the day (cash only though, I’m afraid!)

There will be family-friendly art activities and live music from local Flamenco guitarist Tom Page from 3pm.

The event will last 12.30pm-5pm with £5 pizzas and non-booze + boozey drinks available.

If you want to sell your artwork please get in touch by Tuesday 5pm as we are running out of space on the stall already!

SELL YOUR ARTWORK

 

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Hello world!

…And welcome to a new social enterprise project based in M21.

CHPLUS.UK

The main goal for 2018 is to have the online shop up and running, selling the art-n-craftwork of residents in and around the Chorlton area.

Have you ever gone and done a nice doodle and thought “Hey, that’s nice”?

Have you ever gone to a craft fair and seen a handmade card for £11.99 and thought, “Erm, I could definitely make a nicer card than that”?

If so, get in touch now to be featured on our site. We can’t wait to hear from you.

ARTS FOR WELLBEING

In the next few months, CH+ will be taking referrals for a closed, inclusive arts-for-wellbeing 8 week course that will work on a ‘pay-what-you-feel’ model for people suffering with long term health problems. The course will be held at a local venue that is wheelchair accessible and will end with a week long exhibition at the end. Participants will be invited to make things to sell on the shop, as well as for themselves.

THE VISION

By 2019, the website will include a database of local community groups and an accompanying calendar. CH+ will work on an asset-based community development model, aiming to provide support for existing community groups in aspects such as venue hire and social media/marketing support.

A ‘What would you like to see in your community?’ feature will enable CH+ to help individuals or groups evolve their interests into sustainable and self-led community ventures.

Is there a group you’ve always wanted to see in your community? We’d love to hear from you.

Why the delay?

Hi, I’m Ellie. I am taking a year out of my MA in Social Work in order to have some major surgery, starting in September. The shop and the course are things I can set up now and run comfortably whilst recovering.

THE GBP.

Some funding is required to get the organisation off the ground and registered as a Community Interest Company – initially this will cover administrative costs of running the shop, materials for workshops, marketing and recruitment, refunding volunteer expenses, and hopefully a small monetary recompense for yours truly.