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Workshop sessions as studios open their doors for people to air their creative side
The Making and Doing Festival takes place across the South Pennines over the weekend of October 5 and 6, and sees more than 50 workshop sessions involving local artists and craftspeople.
For one Haworth studio the event will be particularly significant, as it has only recently reopened after a fire last year.
Organised by Pennine Prospects, a rural regeneration agency, the festival is an attempt to shine light on the sometimes hidden artistic communities in the area.
In Haworth, the Old School Room, where the Bronte family taught, will open up to offer local craftspeople the chance to show off their wares, while there will be furniture workshops at Damside Mill. In Cullingworth, there will be crocheting sessions at the Coldspring Mill Wool Shop.
Rebecca Yorke, Pennine Prospects’ local distinctiveness co-ordinator said: “Members of the public will get to sample all sorts of different crafts, skills and techniques throughout the festival weekend. We hope it will inspire them to try different things at home and, of course, to continue supporting the wide range of talented craftspeople who live and work in Haworth and surrounding areas.”
The Making and Doing festival is part of Pennine Prospects’ ongoing ‘local distinctiveness campaign to raise awareness of the unique characteristics of the South Pennines’.
The “meet the maker” day on October 5 at the Old School Room features local sculptors, ceramicists, glass-workers and textile artists sharing their skills and selling their work. It runs from 11am to 4pm.
Damside Mill, off Jacob’s Lane is holding taster days on the Saturday and Sunday, between 10.30am and 4pm. On offer are workshops teaching button making, cushion covers or reupholstering, and milliner Sue Carter will teach hat making on the Sunday.
The taster day costs £20 and includes lunch, refreshments and homemade cake. Places are limited, so pre-booking is essential via damsidemill.com or by calling 07930 625615. The crochet workshop at Coldspring Mill Shop on Haworth Road is on the Saturday between 10am and 4.30pm. Call (01535) 275646.
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