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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. 

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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Love Sculpture

Sharing the Powertex love in February!

Ah, February – the month of love! It’s an exciting month for Artistic ReTreats as I’ll be sharing my love of Powertex at different venues for new audiences, including my slightly nail-biting TEDx talk on 29th February at St Mary’s in Banbury. 

 

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Cat Bottle Sculpture

Hello 2020! Rediscover your artistic mojo!

My New Year’s Resolution is to try lots of new things! I’m kicking off 2020 by speaking about my artistic ‘journey’ at a TEDx talk in Banbury on 29th February and I’ll be trying out clay portrait sculpture at a workshop next month too (think Lionel Richie ‘Hello’ video!).

Trying new things for Artistic ReTreats mean creating new ideas for Powertex workshops, like the cat wine bottle workshop and the hare or fox animal sculpture, plus reaching out a little further afield geographically and showing Powertex to people who may not have come across it before.

So what are your New Year’s Resolutions? Are you still feeling bamboozled by the chaos of Christmas? Are you desperate to get back into the craft room but not sure where to start or that you’ve lost your mojo? Perhaps your studio was your sanctuary during the Christmas break, did you find time to take yourself there to reset and take a deep breath?

 

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TEDx Banbury

A leap of faith for a fine lady!

With Christmas looming large, in December I also like to grab a few moments out of the madness of festive preparations to reflect on this year’s successes and think about some new challenges for next year. I think it’s really important to push yourself (and your business) in new directions and try new ideas that perhaps take you out of your comfort zone.

 

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