Jewellery designer sets up new creative workshop business

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Oct 2017

A North Lincolnshire woman has set up a creative workshop business in her home.

The Hayloft Workshops is the vision of jewellery designer Amanda Priest who runs the sessions from her farm in Susworth.

It houses Amanda's jewellery workshop, a meeting room and a large classroom. It offers a space to encourage creativity within a relaxed environment and develop skills in a variety of art disciplines.

After Amanda completed a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Jewellery Design, she missed the interaction of university life. This year, she was selected by the Crafts Council for their Hothouse programme as one of their 'ones to watch'.

“This intensive programme gave me the confidence to launch The Hayloft Workshops, enabling me to to share both the location and my time with other creative people. After leaving university, I was always aware how insular my life could be and I missed the interaction with fellow creatives.

Amanda Priest of the Hayloft Workshops

"The balance of making my own work and the interaction of The Hayloft Workshops allows me to have the best of both worlds!

"We are offering workshops for all different people. It is something very new and it is in a good location," Amanda said.

The 48-year-old hopes that the Hayloft Workshops will become a creative hub for Lincolnshire. The workshops will become a space for people to mix and learn from each other under the guidance of expert tutors.

Workshops will include photography, drawing, printing, painting, glass fusing, floristry, felt making, graffiti art, Christmas wreath making and many more. Each workshop will be designed to equip each participant with the knowledge and skills in that particular discipline. People of all ages, skills and interest levels are encouraged to get involved in the workshops to develop or even nurture existing skills.

Amanda said she will try and run at least one workshop a week.

She said: "We have this big building called The Hayloft and I said 'I want to share it and I want creative people around. I want it to be a really exciting environment."

People pay per workshop and they are led by expert tutors who are highly qualified in their discipline.

For more information, visit the-hayloft.com

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