Thursday, 24 February 2011

Pattern design & beyond

In a nod to our Design your own fabric: lino cut pattern printing course this Saturday here is a little helping of inspiration. Check out the Pattern People blog for some of the latest fashion collections, which host some printastic pieces! For those of you who fancy taking your printing hobby a little more seriously and considering it for a career or just want to find out more, a great new e book has been released to tell you just how to do it. Pattern Design & Beyond from Pattern People features the work of our very own Ministry of Craft tutor Holly Lawton, and promises to be crammed full of fantastic tips, inspiration and industry know how. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Rachael Elwell - The Capacity of Line

We can't get enough of those lovely people at Indie Quarter, especially as they have just posted a feature about our super talented tutor, Rachael Elwell. Rachael is currently doing a residency at Touchstones Gallery in Rochdale, which is also hosting her first UK solo exhibition called The Capacity of Line. Ministry of Crafter's may know Rachael for her knitting and crochet skills, but this is your chance to find out more about her practice as a fine artist and feast your eyes on some of her stunning work. Rachael has been charting her time as artist in residence here.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Indie Quarter feature

The lovely people at the Indie Quarter blog have just done a great feature on our up and coming, Design your own fabric - Lino cut pattern printing course. It's a brand new feature to this course programme and offers a fantastic combination of technical skills and creative crafting, which will see you walk away with a set of 6 cards, calico bag and cotton teatowel all printed with your own personal designs and the know how to create the perfect fabric for any future projects. If you would like to join us, just visit the Ministry of Craft website to book your place. Hope to see you there!

Be sure to check out all the latest happenings in arts, crafts, fashion and culture at Indie Quarter, which is guaranteed to inspire, inform and get the creative juices flowing!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Valentines Day crafts

Valentines is just a few short days away, and if you're following the trend for making gifts to give to your special someone, then this fabulous tutorial from Design Sponge may show you how to perfectly package your lovingly made present.

Unbelievably the roses below are made from sweet wrappers and make the perfect Valentines Day table decoration. Plus you don't have to feel guilty about spending money because they're made from recycled materials and you get to use your crafting skills at the same time. Perfect! Check out Cut out & keep for the tutorial. Have a great Valentines day!