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Our Arts & Crafts provision in Swansea!

7-March-2024
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You may have already seen some of our learners’ fabulous work on our socials so let’s take a closer look at our Arts & Crafts provision which is brand new for this academic year!

We currently have three courses delivered by our tutor Rachel Halstead, all of which are in Swansea Community Workshops in Swansea:

Our Swansea based Curriculum Development Co-ordinator visited each of the three classes to meet the learners and find out what its all about.

On a Monday we have Vintage Crafts & Upcycling Clothes. . .


Julie and Rachel.

Meet Julie! Julie moved to Swansea from the Rhondda in 2023. After spending much of her life as a wife and carer, Julie feels that she has now started a new phase in her life. Julie found out about this course through word of mouth and despite feeling a little apprehensive, took a chance and enrolled.

Julie said, “I have been captivated by the tutor! Rachel has shown me so many new techniques. I have been so inspired that I applied and got accepted into Trinity St David’s to do a Surface Pattern and Textiles degree in September!!’ We wish Julie the very best of luck!!!”

Julie is currently working on this fabulous artwork:

She plans to transfer this design onto fabric and make a bag!


Meet Ella!

Ella found the classes through a friend and after a difficult past and becoming more aware of her ADHD and Neurodiversity, Ella now loves to be creative.

She said, “I love making things that bring people joy.”

Ella is currently upcycling a jacket. She has transferred the image onto the back and over the next few weeks will add extra detail with the sunflowers and daisies to give a 3D effect.

On Tuesday, we visited the Exploring 3D Textiles & Soft Sculpture.

Our learner, Marilyn found out about the class through one of the tutor’s private workshops.

She said, “I love having the opportunity to develop my creativity.”

Meet Jayne! You will have already seen some of Julie’s work on our socials. Jayne attends all our classes at the workshops.

Jayne said, “I am not naturally creative, but I like doing artistic things. If someone shows me what to do, I have realised that I can do it! We do something new every week, so you get to know what you like. My favourite thing that I have made so far is my cushion.”

And on Wednesday’s, we do Artwork in Mixed Media!

From this group, meet Tina! After a very academic education, 10 years ago Tina decided to do an A Level in Art & Textiles. Tina used to be an engineer but sadly is now registered as disabled and is in a lot of pain every day.

Tina said, “Doing things like this helps to manage my pain as it’s a distraction but isn’t also the social element, meeting with people and feeling valued.”

Meet Sarah! 11 years ago, Sarah was diagnosed with MS and it was recommended that she do something with her hands. She also lost her job and started to feel lonely so decided to look for something to do within the community.
She said, “I love using materials that I have never used before. The class is diverse, doing something new every week. It’s a friendly class and Rachel is great!”

Collaborative piece.

This piece is made up of several learners’ work. Each learner created an A2 Mark Making piece before they were transferred onto fabric. The learners embellished their work and Rachel has sewn them together. This piece, along with much more of the learners’ work will be exhibited at the ALW AGM/Conference/Learner Awards which is taking place in Merthyr Tydfil on Tuesday 9th April.

We’d like to congratulate all of our learners on creating fantastic artworks and look forward to seeing more in the near future!

If you would like to find out more about our Arts and Crats courses, please click here!

You may have already seen some of our learners' fabulous work on our socials so let’s take a closer look at our Arts & Crafts provision which is brand new for this academic year!

We currently have three courses delivered by our tutor Rachel Halstead, all of which are in Swansea Community Workshops in Swansea:

Our Swansea based Curriculum Development Co-ordinator visited each of the three classes to meet the learners and find out what its all about.

On a Monday we have Vintage Crafts & Upcycling Clothes. . .


Julie and Rachel.

Meet Julie! Julie moved to Swansea from the Rhondda in 2023. After spending much of her life as a wife and carer, Julie feels that she has now started a new phase in her life. Julie found out about this course through word of mouth and despite feeling a little apprehensive, took a chance and enrolled.

Julie said, “I have been captivated by the tutor! Rachel has shown me so many new techniques. I have been so inspired that I applied and got accepted into Trinity St David’s to do a Surface Pattern and Textiles degree in September!!’ We wish Julie the very best of luck!!!”

Julie is currently working on this fabulous artwork:

She plans to transfer this design onto fabric and make a bag!


Meet Ella!

Ella found the classes through a friend and after a difficult past and becoming more aware of her ADHD and Neurodiversity, Ella now loves to be creative.

She said, “I love making things that bring people joy.”

Ella is currently upcycling a jacket. She has transferred the image onto the back and over the next few weeks will add extra detail with the sunflowers and daisies to give a 3D effect.

On Tuesday, we visited the Exploring 3D Textiles & Soft Sculpture.

Our learner, Marilyn found out about the class through one of the tutor's private workshops.

She said, “I love having the opportunity to develop my creativity.”

Meet Jayne! You will have already seen some of Julie’s work on our socials. Jayne attends all our classes at the workshops.

Jayne said, “I am not naturally creative, but I like doing artistic things. If someone shows me what to do, I have realised that I can do it! We do something new every week, so you get to know what you like. My favourite thing that I have made so far is my cushion.”

And on Wednesday’s, we do Artwork in Mixed Media!

From this group, meet Tina! After a very academic education, 10 years ago Tina decided to do an A Level in Art & Textiles. Tina used to be an engineer but sadly is now registered as disabled and is in a lot of pain every day.

Tina said, “Doing things like this helps to manage my pain as it's a distraction but isn't also the social element, meeting with people and feeling valued.”

Meet Sarah! 11 years ago, Sarah was diagnosed with MS and it was recommended that she do something with her hands. She also lost her job and started to feel lonely so decided to look for something to do within the community.
She said, “I love using materials that I have never used before. The class is diverse, doing something new every week. It’s a friendly class and Rachel is great!”



Collaborative piece.

This piece is made up of several learners' work. Each learner created an A2 Mark Making piece before they were transferred onto fabric. The learners embellished their work and Rachel has sewn them together. This piece, along with much more of the learners' work will be exhibited at the ALW AGM/Conference/Learner Awards which is taking place in Merthyr Tydfil on Tuesday 9th April.



We’d like to congratulate all of our learners on creating fantastic artworks and look forward to seeing more in the near future!

If you would like to find out more about our Arts and Crats courses, please click here!

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