On Wednesday 10th January, we welcomed our Hub supporters back with a lunch of soup, sandwiches and cakes. Just what was needed on a grey January day - that and the arrival of new stock for our Makers' Gallery which included beautiful sunshine yellow glassware by Andrew Baker. There were 30 of us in total including Knit and Natter members, makers, volunteers and general supporters. Cassie even made a new friend today! A big thank you to all who came. Here's wishing everyone a successful 2018.
This week we welcome back the Hub Art Club. This is the Friday after school arts and crafts activity for children. We had such demand we split the session into two to accommodate more children more comfortably and so we could customise the activity to suit the age group. This Spring our activities are varied and include sculpting with soap and printing with potatoes. The activities are also themed, with four sessions based on Word Crafts including celebrating the Chinese New Year and the Indian Diwali Festival. Other activities draw inspiration from the weather, so there will be rainbow umbrellas and string paintings all based on painting with collage. For more details click here. The images below are of the amazing Christmas cards made at the end of last session. We are sure that the lucky recipients would have been delighted.
It is very exciting getting ready for a new year of being busy. The four work pods have been drafted into work as temporary pop-up sales areas. Number One is for furniture, Number Two is for craft and art items, Number Three is for fabric and associated items and lastly Number Four is for picture frames. The sale of these products will go directly towards the costs of running the Community Arts Hub so very important to MADE. Our artists and makers are bringing in new products tomorrow, the first day of opening so can't wait until the front gallery space is bright and sparkly and colourful again.
Hard to believe that this will be our third year in the Community Arts Hub in Haddington. In June 2016 we set upon the derelict shop with vim., vigour and good cheer. The volunteers that came forward to help us on our journey set the tone for what was to follow and the community spirit that encouraged us then if anything is more evident now.
We have worked hard to realise our goals: support and promote established East Lothian artists and makers; provide workshops and community groups so that everyone regardless of age and income can get involved with their own creativity and finally provide welcoming and inspiring workspaces for aspiring artisans to use.
We have an exciting year ahead as it is business as usual from Saturday 6th January with the arrival of new beautiful, highly individual and good quality arts and crafts in our gallery. Our Tutoring Tuesday kicks off with Learn the Basics in Drawing on the 9th, the Knit and Natter Group return on the 10th, Make and Mend on the 11th and the Hub Art Club resumes on Friday 12th.
Our monthly markets recommence Sunday 25th March at Tyninghame. Our market calendar is taking shape as are our workshops, starting with Make a Lampshade on the 13th..
We are really happy to be involved in the HAD700 celebrations kicking off with helping to run the lantern making workshop on the 20th January at the John Grey Centre. We are hosting exciting workshops and exhibition for the HAD700 in the Hub itself over the course of the year and details of these will be put up on our webiste/facebook page nearer the time.
Currently we have a BIG SALE of all sort of things from furniture to be up cycled to fabrics to craft items. This will generate much needed funds to cover our daily expenses. Although the Hub is run on a voluntary basis, heating still needs to be paid for!
Time to get going, meet the other volunteers at the Hub and get everything ready for our first day of business in 2018.