I watched my mother sew as I grew. She made me beautiful dresses and costumes. Later we made soft toys and furnishings together. When she first let me use her sewing machine I was hooked. I started making and wearing my own stuff which got me quite a reputation as a teenager! Nowadays she remarks upon how this love of creation could have passed through the genes.
Through more than 17 years of working in IT I never lost my love for beautiful textiles and fabrics. I used my first earnings to buy myself a sewing machine but didn't make time until I had my own children to improve all those old skills and develop new ones. As I left the corporate world my IT and Sewing worlds meshed into a wonderful computerised sewing machine.
I value our planet and love the art of crafting through up-cycling and refashioning. I love experimenting and will give most things a try; Embroidery, Applique, Quiliting. I'm still learning Crochet. Some of my creations are on my blog remakemystuff.co.uk which has been less frequently updated since I opened my Etsy shop and later my own website EdelweissCraft.co.uk as my local business has developed. My sewing machine and serger are rarely idle and they cannot keep up with the ideas that are bursting out of my head. I often go to bed re-working ideas and resolving 3-D sewing issues in my head.
If there were more hours in the day my Etsy shop would be full but I scrutinise my own work terribly and unless I am sure I can produce something of very high quality I will not offer it for sale. There will be more gear coming without a doubt. In our world of plenty I am hoping to make some difference by helping and encouraging others to reuse and recycle. I hope you are able to join.
Art Jam Studio 41 Prospect Street, Caversham
Reading, Berkshire RG4 8JB
Tel. 0118 946 4417
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am
My Name is Jason Leggett and I am a glass artist and love working with the medium of glass as you can create so many things.
I became interested in glass about five years ago and attended a traditional stained glass course at The Creative Glass Guild in Bristol. This gave me a taste for more and I then signed up for a number of taster courses in various techniques including, Fusing Copper foiling and lampworking. I was hooked and found that I wanted to learn more and more. So I bought some tools, glass, lead, and copper foil.
I continued to be interested but I really wanted to get a kiln to enable me to do glass fusing. So, in December 2016 I took a leap of faith and with the support of my wonderful partner Ruth I left my job and decided to set up The Gift of Glass and become a full time glass artist.Type your paragraph here.
My name is Sherrie Tuhy and I am the founder of Art Jam Studio. I completed my formal education in America some 30 years ago in Art Education (BSEd) and taught briefly in America before moving to the UK. I have taught in the Caversham area for the past 16 years both at Primary and Secondary level.
My love of everything creative began as a child where I was hugely influenced by my Mother. She had trained as a Singer sewing teacher, and I was issued a needle, thread and her scrap fabric box at a very early age. Strangely, I still have a strong obsession for collecting scrap fabric, old buttons or basically anything that I feel lends itself to a creative end. Recycling and Upcycling objects plays a big part in my making and teaching, so much so, I was presented with the award of school hoarder at my previous job.
The purpose of Art Jam Studio is to share my passion and skills with a wider audience and range of ages through classes, workshops, parties and taster sessions. And to offer a space for other like-minded colleagues and artists to do the same.
My name is Alison Pomeroy. I have taught Home Economics for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for creating and making things. My Grandmother taught me to knit when I was a child and I have been knitting ever since. I have recently studied for the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Hand Knit Design. The course has refined my skills and taught me a lot about design and I am proud to now be writing my own knitting patterns.
Knitting is my passion and I long to share that passion with you. Whether you are a beginner or want to improve your knitting skills, come and join me at Art Jam Studio where it will be my pleasure to teach and encourage you on your journey of creating beautiful things.
BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery Design
Kent Institute of Art and Design
Matthew Hitch is a contemporary jewellery designer. He works with precious metals and semi- precious gemstones. He takes his inspiration from oriental architecture and Japanese garden design, the philosophy of balance and well being, harmony between nature and man. This brings an importance of aesthetic quality, form and an overall sense of balance to his jewellery and silverware and often consists of gentle curves with straight edges and natural forms and geometric lines.
I am looking forward to working with Sherrie and the Team at Art jam Studio. After a brief opportunity at School, I was only able to take up Pottery when I moved to Reading in 1994. Since then I have taken various courses in adult and higher education, including a City & Guilds Diploma in Design and Craft – 3 D. I have always loved making things – I like my hands to be busy.
My own work is hand built; mostly coiling, slab building, often into purpose-made moulds, using predominantly white earthenware clay. I can throw however I prefer the pace of hand building. My work is influenced by Korean and Japanese ceramics, although I also admire the work of Lucie Rie, Emily Myers, Mary Rogers and Vladimir Tsivin.
In addition to standard firing using a kiln, I also smoke fire work using a garden incinerator dustbin. One day I’ll dig a pit as well.......
I exhibit on local arts trails (e.g., Henley-on-Thames, Caversham and the Oxfordshire Arts weeks) and through the Oxfordshire Craft Guild. Currently I have work on display at the Tighnabruaich Gallery on the west coast of Scotland (http://www.tig-gallery.com ) and Antiques on High in Oxford.
I have been teaching Pottery since 2007 at New Directions and at independent workshops and courses. I hold the City & Guilds certificate in Teaching for Life Long Learning. I love teaching Pottery; it gives me a real buzz to see people trying new techniques or working hard to master existing skills.
I am a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild and the West Forest Potters group, and an associate member of the Craft Potters Association.
For further images of my work please go to my website – www.debbiepage.co.uk.
Jonathan Newey is an award winning artist with over 25 years of experience in both drawing and painting. Born in Reading, England, he comes from a long line of artists in his family. He has extensive experience in a wide range of mediums and subject matter , but specialises in drawings and paintings inspired by nature.
He has over 20 years experience as a teacher and lecturer and has taught in local and national adult education colleges and has also taught in various countries around the world such as Greece, Cyprus, Spain, France and Italy.
He is a member of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and has been selected for their 'Wildlife Artist of the Year' exhibiton at the Mall Galleries, London 5 years running.
He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has paintings in various collections both at home and abroad.
Janina Maher has always loved messing around with paint and paper. She designs and makes handmade books from her garden based studio, and has been teaching mixed media techniques and creative bookbinding for several years. Her aim is always to inspire confidence in her students through carefully structured exercises and gentle encouragement. She is an exhibiting member of the Reading Guild of Artists and regularly runs workshops and courses in Reading and Oxford.