Monday, 8 February 2010


Duchy Square Centre for Creativity has added four more free workshops to its programme of taster sessions, designed to help people of all ages tap into their artistic talents.

The Princetown centre – situated in the heart of Dartmoor - is working with Lean Devon to deliver the free sessions, which offer an ideal opportunity to find out what is on offer from resident artists based at Duchy Square.

There are two sessions of Spinning on a Shoestring with Jane Deane (18 February and 13 March, 10am to 1pm ) which gives people the chance to learn the techniques of hand spinning using wool - and make their own spinning device from a variety of simple, everyday items.

Sewing enthusiasts are invited to join the Skills in Alteration workshop (Saturday 20 Feb 10am to 1pm) in which local artist Lucie Ponsford invites people to bring in their old clothes for a fast track repair and alteration session.

In a separate session, Accessories from Old Garments (Friday 12 March 10am to 1pm) Lucie will be showing how it is possible to create fashionable accessories from old and forgotten clothes.

Gallery Manager Philippa Smith said: “We are delighted to be able to offer more free workshops, which enable us to demonstrate the diversity of artistic and creative skills people can learn here at Duchy Square.

Philippa said that there is still an opportunity to book other workshops in the series, that cover a whole host of disciplines.

Wild Weaving ( 9 and 23 February 9.30am-1pm)) with Amanda Pellatt and Jillian Morris begins with a foraging walk in the wild and an introduction to the weaving process, followed by two sessions to weave a finished product.

Dyeing Naturally with Jane Deane (20 February and 5 March 10am -1pm) offer the chance to be environmentally friendly and dye fabrics using local plants for dye extracts.

In Mary Toon’s Felt Revived! (6 March 1pm-4pm) learn to make a beautiful scarf or bag by adding "ecofriendly" fleece to recycled fabrics.

In The New Items from Old sessions with Amanda Pellatt (11 March 9.30am -1pm and 16 March 5pm-8pm) , people can work alongside a Duchy Square creative practitioner to create new items from a whole host of recycled materials.

For details on how to book places on the free taster sessions workshops, contact Duchy Square on (01822) 890828 or visit the website where contact details for all the artists can also be found.

Opened in March and supported by a number of organisations, including The Duchy of Cornwall and Devon County Council, the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity offers low cost workshop space on two floors and is helping boost the local economy by connecting local businesses with other key industry sectors.

The artists and creative practitioners take part in workshops organised by the centre, but also stage their own sessions with smaller groups in their own studios.