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Meet the Maker #1

The first maker we are going to meet is…. Jayne Pennington, of Don’t Be A Sheep Etsy store.

 

“Hiya everyone, I’m Jayne, I’m a nearly – cough-splutter – 54yr old, basically redundant mum of 3 grown up kids that can now feed themselves. Only my disabled daughter to still really take care of.

I started knitting probably when I was 10 or 11 years old, making jumpers but I now make mostly toys, although if someone asks for something I usually do it.

I love to knit with today’s wools. I’ll try any out, I love to find a basic pattern and completely change it to something else, I am very, very picky… If something doesn’t look right to me it gets started again.

Knitting in winter is brilliant! It keeps you warm, makes you have more time to yourself and gives you every excuse not to go out in the crappy weather. I hate winter.

My favourite thing I’ve ever made is my huge top cat jumper. I love doing intarsia knits, and I have made over 30 jumpers with huge cartoon characters on the front, but Top Cat was my first at 19yrs old. It’s still going: it’s been painted in, been to festivals, been to America, and had 3 kids in it at once. I love it.

Jayne in her 34-yr old, hand-made, Top Cat jumper!

 

I probably have one new year resolution for the first time ever…be more prepared with Christmas makes, it’s not fun playing catch-up everyday.

 

What’s your advice to other local creatives who struggle to get round to making?

If you can, set aside a day or two a week with no distractions (hide the gin). Don’t stay up late to get things done, it usually ends up wrong. Start fresh the next day.

Above all, have fun and enjoy what you do ?

Thank you, Jayne!

 

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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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LET THE F-ART CLUBS BEGIN

The official launch of our weekly, pay-as-you-feel art-for-wellbeing drop-ins is this week!

This week we will be making collages, using a variety of paper materials, stamps and mark-making implements.

F-Art club will run every this week, and the following weeks, on Sundays at Dulcimer Bar, Chorlton, from 2-4pm.

The drop in is open for everyone, however as with our other work we are specifically looking to target those with long term health difficulties and/or disabilities.

The venue is wheelchair accessible and coffee is only £1.90!

Please don’t hesitate to message with any questions 🙂

—– POP UP SHOP —–

Every week we will also have a variety of items from our online shop for sale – beautiful things made by local people!

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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.