Sea Rope Dreamcatcher deal
A 2 hour Sea Rope Dreamcatcher Workshop worth £32 for £19.50. YOU SAVE £12.50. That's almost 40%!
Available in North Devon
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If you love recycling and re-use, get satisfaction out of making beautiful new things you can use and enjoy out of the old and unwanted and would like to unlock your arty creativity, maybe with your kids over half term, and learn a new skill while having lots of fun then this ones for you!
With this GrooVee you get a 2 hour Reclaimed Sea Rope Dreamcatcher Workshop with local beach salvage and sea rope artist and maker Sarah Farrell Roberts from Washouse Studio, at your choice of either daytime from 2.30pm til 4.30pm or evening from 6.30pm til 8.30pm on Thursday 1st June at The Burton at Bideford. All materials will be provided along with a cuppa/juice and cake (afternoon) or a glass of wine and nibbles for grown ups/juice and biscuits for the youngsters (evening). It's joyful, hugely satisfying and you'll get to take your beautiful dreamcatcher home with you. Makes a lovely gift and a lovely activity for half term.
Dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwe people, a group of indigenous people in North America. It is believed the dreamcatcher originates with Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi; she took care of the children and the people on the land. Mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants.It was said that they "caught any harm that might be in the air as a spider's web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it". How fitting to make this traditional craft from the rope and netting, that litters our beaches, recycling what would be left to ruin our shores, combined with shells, driftwood twine, ribbon and feathers.
You'll arrive at The Burton and be welcomed by Sarah in the Kingsley Room up on the first floor (opposite the entrance to the wonderful Museum which houses a unique and significant collection of local slipware and worth a visit if you haven't already). It's a light and airy space all set out with work tables the centre of which will be festooned with the most beautiful coloured ropes and twines, shells, feathers, driftwood (pre-drilled for your use) and other flotsam and jetsam, all of which will have been reclaimed from local North Devon beaches, dried and sorted into colours and sizes ready for making. Sarah will first of all show you examples of other dreamcatchers that she and other makers have created using a weaving technique onto a hoop or starting with a shape to your liking that you can construct using driftwood. You'll be using a range of tools to weave your dreamcatcher web including large needles and a choice of twines, jutes and strings in a range of lovely shades that you can mix and match with your reclaimed sea rope in your own unique and special web creation. Once Sarah has shown you the technique, she'll lead you through the process of selecting your preferred rope and twine and then geting started. Thereafter she will work alongside you and give you bags of encouragement, guidance and advice as you work away and watch your own unique dreamcatcher come into being and then carefully choose your decorations from the wealth of pretty, colourful and natural materials collected from our beaches and combined with ribbons and beads as you like. It's an amazing process for so many reasons. It's relaxing and almost meditative as you work and seeing what was once just old rope debris polluting our beaches, turn into something quite beautiful. As your confidence grows you'll feel able to share your thoughts and the conversations develop with care and respect that comes from sharing an activity like this. It's the ultimate in recycling and respect for our planet - and fun too. A great opportunity for young and old alike to consider the damage we do on land and at sea and so a really worthwhile half term activity for your youngsters and suitable for aged 12 up if they are coming without you, but from age 8 if accompanied by an adult particpant.
At the end of the two hour workshop you'll be delighted to see the sheer range of wonderful dreamcatcher designs that are made as each maker creates their own unique combination of colours, fashioned into their own particular shape and size. Some will be bold and bright, others muted or natural tones, some will have messy knotty rope webs, some neat and tidy and tight. Whatever you make, you're sure to enjoy it and love it if for no other reason than that it's totally handmade, a freehand design and from ropes from the sea which have voyaged far and wide before you brought them to this completely new life - and maybe also saved some marine life in the process.
I've been to a number of Sea Rope workshops with Sarah and loved every one. Sarah's open hearted, happy, inclusive and loving approach is infectious just as her creative ability is clear and she certainly has enabled me to develop a creative confidence that I couldn't access before - she is used to working with beginners, adults and young people, and experienced craftspeople alike. Moreover I loved the things I made and how lovely it will be to have a home made dreamcatcher to hang on the wall as a reminder of happy times, and how we can do wonderful things that also help save our planet. Highly recommended.
About Washhouse Studio:
Sarah Farrell-Roberts is a working artist in North Devon based at her Washhouse Studio in the village of Westleigh where she produces her own paintings and upcycled and reclaimed furniture pieces, runs an art club for local people and now also specialist workshops for those interested in crafting with reclaimed sea debris reclaimed from beach cleans in the local area. You can find Washouse Studio and get in touch with Sarah on Facebook here