We’ve found we are happiest making stuff with our hands, and if we can combine a few skills together, even better! It is hugely satisfying to see digital designs leap out of the computer into the real world and land on a piece of fabric we’re printing; seeing a present wrapped in our own scribbled paper almost jiggling to be ripped apart - using tea-towels printed with lavender bits grown in our own garden - I cannot totally fathom why this is so deeply satisfying! The more we can cross fertilise our ideas and images into actual objects, the more happiness we have in the making; the better our products will hopefully become.
We are beginning to understand the greater appeal of the ‘handmade’ product, and how we make it viable as a business proposition. Almost impossible to wholesale and compete with big companies and being unwilling to hike our prices to levels we personally couldn't afford, we’ve known we’ve needed to find another way to survive. So here comes the Salty’s Workshops. Using our skills, creativity and experience, we can offer insight into the planning and making of a range of products but what might be equally satisfying as a workshop experience is the journey to harness ideas in the first place. Looking for inspiration, exploring ideas, looking around (a bit of sketchbooking will feature) - and then the journey back home of reeling in the strands, finding appropriate techniques, making an idea into something really 'yours', not just copied.
So our first workshops will be strait forward have-a-go sessions - we hope to begin to build a creative journey, giving permission to be playful and explore, helping bring ideas into objects to make meaningful. It will all be somehow or other screen printed! As a direct, versatile and fun medium we look forward to assisting people find the satisfaction we enjoy, in making things with their hands.
Salty’s workshops booking now on our website!
please tell us what days and times you’d like - we can add a special time to suit you.