I have recently been interviewed at Fairfield School in Bristol for possible inclusion in a programme for the BBC School service, where local news and events are recorded and made into broadcasts by pupils throughout the country. I was being interviewed by 4 teenagers who were asking me questions about Heart Space Studios and what we did there. I had taken samples of what we were making, a felt vessel and some beads that had been made at the workshop with Patricia Brownen one morning and then developed into jewellery by Sharne Lott in the afternoon.
I also took some old fabric designs of mine which I thought would make a good idea for a workshop. I had been reminded of them last week in the Sew Personal workshop ‘ stitching messages’ when I was teaching people how to stitch all kinds of writing into fabric. One of the students found an old satin embroidered fabric in my stash and wanted to adorn her message with the woven roses.
I asked the pupils who were interviewing me which of the things they would like to make given the opportunity – market research – and they were intrigued by the fabric samples
I asked them what they would want to do with the finished embroidery and one said stitch it onto a t shirt, another to make a hair slide out of it – or a brooch – That’s a good idea I thought…so went back to the studios and made some brooch samples.
So a big thank you to the girls at Fairfield and their teacher Caroline Sutch who invited me to talk about the new studios and for giving me a really good idea for a new workshop at Heart Space.