We know that running workshops can be an important source of income for many makers – but what do you need to consider? Do you need a teaching qualification? What about insurance? How do you handle demanding or disruptive participants?
As a founding member of the Crafty Pint collective, Gillian has extensive experience of running crafty social workshops in pubs, cafés and bars and at large events and festivals (Jubilee, Thames Festival, Vintage Hemingway), as well as with community groups like youth clubs and in public spaces like museums. She has worked with designers who make jewellery, textile accessories, upcycled vintage fabric homewares, artist’s books, fused glass, mosaics, crochet, knitting, felting, clothes design and pattern cutting, hand painted ceramics, prints and cards and many more.
Carol is a textile artist who runs her own workshops on wet felting and embroidery, as well as Crafty Pint sessions. She says: “Much like the tradition of quilting bees in the 19th century, my workshops provide a space for people to gather, chat and laugh whilst exploring our creative abilities.”
So do come along if you want to find out what’s involved in organising workshops. Or if you have experience of running classes yourself, tell us how you did it and what you learnt.
And of course, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet other makers, share information and ideas, and make new contacts and friends. Many people say that one of the most valuable benefits of Makerhood is getting together with like-minded people who understand the highs (and lows) of running a creative business.
The makers’ meeting is on Wednesday 22 May, 6.30-8.30pm, at Parkhall Business Centre, 40 Martell Road, London SE21 8EN. The event is free, but please book your place through Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect.