We’re really loving our Creative Craft Classes over at Our Handmade Collective. We’ve had some excellent students, laughing, chatting, drinking tea and eating cake and we hope lots more will join us soon! This month we’re excited to be holding a new to us class, being run by the lovely Sophie of Sophie Dumont Designs!
We caught up with Sophie to ask her a couple of questions ahead of her class….
Sophie from Sophie Dumont Designs – Wire Sculpting
“Join Sophie of Sophie Dumont Designs to sculpt gorgeous gifts, home decorations and keepsakes from wire.
You’ll learn the necessary twisting and shaping skills to bring your sketches into three dimensional wire decorations. Using variations of wire thickness, the pieces you’ll create will be perfect to frame, hang as a mobile, mount as a stunning wall sculpture, or embellish an object you already own.
If desired, intricate details will then be added by sewing and threading materials onto the wire.
Feel free to bring in an object, piece of wood or decorative paper that you’d like to put a wire detail to or use as a base.”
– How did you first get involved in making your craft?
I’ve always been a hoarder of bits and pieces, clinging to what I think are little treasures that are bound to be useful for something! During a long summer after university my parents moved into the Somerset countryside and I suddenly had a whole wood of gorgeous materials at my disposal! I ordered some wire, clay, ripped up an old book and fell in love with the process of fiddling to create something whimsical with poetry of its own.
– What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?
Lots of lovely comments from family and friends suggesting I should! Instagram has played a massive part in boosting my confidence and making me feel like the contents of my images could be a profession. Once I realised that all it begins with is an email or a meeting with a gallery, shop or organisation the more my confidence in my style and material grew. I never make anything I wouldn’t love to have around me myself so it’s wonderful if others are taking pleasure in it too!
– What are you most looking forward to about running your workshop?
I’m excited to share my love of the materials I use, especially wire. I can’t wait to see what playful creations people come up with and what they conjure from basic materials.
I’m also looking forward to seeing how others work, whether they get inspired from handling the materials or whether they work from a detailed sketch – I love the process and can learn from this myself. I really hope some random objects are brought in that we can get stuck into!
To book onto Wire Sculpting or to find out more about our other Creative Craft Classes, simply pop in store or call 0113 418 2304. You can also book in online through Eventbrite (subject to a small booking fee): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wire-sculpting-creative-craft-class-tickets-25378186840
See you there – lets get creative! x