THE CRAFT WORKSHOP
In our workshop, students work closely with the workshop master to create a wide range of quality handmade products. Students are encouraged to participate in all stages of the different activities and they will do this according to their ability and needs. Each person expresses their own creativity through a wide choice of processes and activities, e.g. colour, fabric etc
As each craft activity requires concentration and patience we try to create a warm and peaceful atmosphere for everyone to work in.
- Felt making
- Handwork (Sewing, knitting, weaving)
- Paper crafts (card making, paper mache etc)
- Furniture restoration
- Wood carving
- Tool maintenance
In the workshops students have the chance to explore different materials, learn craft specific techniques and skills and work with different colours, smells and textures. A unique and creative opportunity is provided which enables them to become familiar with a wide variety of experiences and activities.
Felt Making as an example of our craft work
This workshop offers students the opportunity to experience a craft activity, which is fairly easy to learn. It involves creating textile articles—a process which starts with raw fleece and/or naturally and commercially coloured wool.
For felt making the students are taught to prepare a raw fleece, which involves sorting it, removing dirt, and then washing and drying it. After teasing, (loosening and separating the wool fibers), the wool can be carded. Once the wool has been carded, it is ready to be felted, spun or dyed. In the workshop the wool is used for felting two or three-dimensional items.
Using warm, soapy water and rhythmical movement of the hands, the wool fibers are reduced to a flat piece. The felted pieces are then sewn together, decorated, and made into many beautiful items such as wall-hangings, bags, cushions, dolls, slippers etc.
The students are encouraged to participate in all stages of the process, but will do so according to their ability and needs. There are many possibilities in this craft for expressing individual creativity, for example, by choosing a shape or item or by creating colourful patterns or pictures.
Felt working requires in students an ability to concentrate on the task in hand and to direct the application of their will. At the same time the process has a soothing effect and can engender warmth and a peaceful working atmosphere. Whilst it is an activity which is stimulating to the senses, it also lends itself readily to group work and the development of social skills.