COVID-19 Update 4th July 2020: We are open! Bookings are now being taken for workshops but will be limited to a maximum of 2 people from a single household per workshop to maintain a Covid-secure setting. To avoid disappointment, if there is a workshop that you wish to attend but with no available slots,  then please contact us to arrange an alternative date. 

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COVID-19 Update 4th July 2020: We are open! Bookings are now being taken for workshops but will be limited to a maximum of 2 people from a single household per workshop to maintain a Covid-secure setting. To avoid disappointment, if there is a workshop that you wish to attend but with no available slots,  then please contact us to arrange an alternative date. 

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Everyone ‘opens up’ at a different pace

If you’re like me, the re-opening of our lives during this pandemic has as many challenges as the stricter lockdown times had. It’s hard to get our heads around what is now permitted, advised or still forbidden and there seem to be some grey areas that are interpreted in different ways by different people depending on their circumstances.

Whilst I have been eager to open up the studio and welcome visitors for Powertex workshops, I’m very conscious that not everyone will be ready to get out there and resume ‘normal life’ again yet. And that’s absolutely fine, all I can do is to make sure that I follow the guidelines set out and offer as risk-free an environment as I possibly can.

 

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Lifestyle change

Powertex gave me the lifestyle I longed for

Lockdown has been a time of reflection and contemplation for many of us, especially thinking about the future and how we’d like to make lifestyle or career changes. Some people have had a little more time on their hands, others have appreciated working from home and haven’t missed the stresses of the daily commute at all.

I went through a similar process ten years ago when I left my job with Aston Martin and decided that I needed and wanted a change of focus that would fit more with my childcare needs and explore my passion for more arty pursuits.

 

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Rag wreath

Lock in some kindness for yourself in lockdown

Whilst this is a great time to throw yourself into a new skill or work on a project that’s been waiting for your attention for some time, I also feel that we should be kind to ourselves. If you simply can’t find the time or the motivation, or you’re fed up with not living up to other people’s fantastic creations online, don’t force yourself!

 

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Easter Chick

Getting crafty for our wellbeing

In these times of enforced time at home, lots of people are looking for interesting and inspiring ways to spend their days. Whether it’s doing something with the children or working on a craft project for yourself, this is the perfect time to stay busy, expand our minds and be fulfilled.

Art and music are also proven to improve the quality of life for Dementia patients and people suffering with long-term chronic illnesses. Being creative benefits our mental health, making us happier, healthier people – and here’s why:

 

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Fine Lady

A new Fine Lady takes centre stage

"Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.”

This nursery rhyme has made my local town of Banbury famous but even many of my Banbury friends don’t know that the ‘Fine Lady’ bronze statue located near Banbury Cross was only created 15 years ago.

 

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