Today we’re revisiting our first ever Make & Mend Festival that was held at Preston Hall Museum in Stockton-on-Tees on Sunday 1st July 2018, and sharing with you some of our favourite images from that special day.
Our first arts festival was such a bright and colourful day and we were certainly blessed with sunny weather to lift our moods before embarking on a busy day of crafting and meeting other like-minded people. We were delighted that so many of you keen craft lovers came along to get involved with our art workshops and various sessions, and hope that you left the festival feeling motivated and reconnected!
Our amazing workshop leaders were, of course, the stars of the show and without them we at Make & Mend Company couldn’t have provided such a meaningful art event, with so many different opportunities to get stuck into all kinds of projects and activities. Within the space of an hour, our talented workshop leaders had people learning an entirely new talent! Whether it was stitching, painting or even just discovering that yoga is a great way to switch off.
At the festival, we had people from all backgrounds and ages joining in our wellbeing classes and art workshops, proving that art has the power to connect everyone through a joint love of all things creative and wonderful. Many of our attendees created the perfect keepsakes for themselves or made meaningful gifts for loved ones as their takeaways from workshops; from papercutting to our very own Make & Mend Company stitching kit workshop, there was an activity to suit everyone!
Crafting has that magical ability to help us refocus, and by giving you the tools and a little help along the way, we’re sure that you’ll agree it’s a wonderful feeling to experience in a group setting. Our small groups allowed individuals to strike up conversations over a shared love of embroidery or brush lettering, and getting to know each other whilst creating mini sculptures by needle felting. Offering people a chance to network, or simply make new friends and relax, we loved providing this welcoming and inclusive platform through our first ever arts and crafts event.
Following the success of the Make & Mend Festival, we’d love to showcase even more local businesses and introduce you to more exciting craft opportunities with our upcoming programme of more mindful events - so keep an eye on our crafts events page for the latest updates!