Our ARTS Team

Our creative workshop is home to teachers who dedicate their time to sharing their arts and crafts skills and knowledge with the community. Get to know some of them below!

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SARAH RICHARDS & ELEANOR TULL  FAST FASHION THERAPY

We are both textile designers with a special interest in sustainability. Sarah is the founder of Olive Road London, an independent vintage fabric shop. Initially taught by her Nan, she studied Fashion Design for four years at the London College of Fashion. Eleanor’s current practice looks to encourage greater participation in making, altering and upcycling our clothes as a way for fashion to be more unique, playful and sustainable.

We both separately applied to run sustainable fashion workshops at the Create Place - St Margaret’s House teamed us up, and Fast Fashion Therapy was born! Our workshop offers a therapeutic space for slowing down and taking a more mindful approach to everyday life.

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BRENDA DAVIES BEADING

After years of teaching, I took a few courses in beading and then decided I would like to carry on beading with other people. I enjoy the mix of people, sharing my skills with others to try out new techniques and problem solve. I like to ensure people learn the basics of working with wire and then they can branch off into wire work, pearl knotting and fabric jewellery. Sessions are fun and people go away with a sense of achievement, which gives me satisfaction too. I've always been interested in craft, but never committed much time to it, now I'm making up for that lost time! 

SYLVIA MORGADO INTERATIVOS

Bossa Nova and everyday life are what inspire me and I enjoy combining a variety of materials (often found) to create playful and participatory installations. Being a typewriter lover, they are often used in my workshops. In my friendly meet up - an adaptation of a residency I did at the Barbican a few years ago, that I've been running since November 2016 at The Create Place – Poetry and Arts are the excuse for getting people together, and exchange is the key. As a result, you can expect that every session is a source of inspiration!  

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FRANCESCA CENTIONI-DENE LITTLE ARTISTS LONDON

Little Artists is about nurturing the creative minds and audiences of tomorrow. I have been teaching visual arts for over 10 years. My holistic approach to teaching and learning often encompasses traditional processes incorporating modern technologies, which provides a way in for building meaningful engagement and considering the role that art plays in our everyday lives. I studied BA Hons Fine Art Photography at UAL Camberwell College of the Arts, and I have a PGCE in Education.

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SELMA PIRO  EAST LONDON ART CLUB

At ELAC, it has been important to keep sessions going throughout holidays and festive seasons, as that is often when needed most by those who may feel isolated or alone. We are grateful that the Create Place allow us to keep going during those sometimes solemn periods.

Our sessions are usually attended by a combination of regulars and newcomers, and the atmosphere can vary from peaceful and calm, to almost a party environment. However, I try to stay faithful to the initial intention of maintaining a reflective space for those who are able to be conscientious and mindful of others, so as to be able to access their own unique creativity and inner reflections. 

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RABIAH MALI HERBAL BLESSINGS CLINIC

I have been a practising herbalist for more than 10 years. I quickly realised that although one-to-one consultations were effective in treating an individual, it was more powerful to connect whole communities to the knowledge and traditions of healing from herbs, foods, roots and all of nature. I have since been holding various workshops and herb walks across the UK. Sharing herbal wisdoms, storytelling, song and remedy making for the whole family.  

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MAUD BARRETT & LINDA TAI SUNNY JAR ECO HUB

Sunny Jar is a social enterprise with a mission to reduce people’s waste by making low waste living easy and accessible for all. We run low waste living workshops around London, with a focus on craft and upcycling. Our ethos is to reduce our waste and live more sustainably with less plastic. We want Londoners to rethink their waste, reuse what they've got and upcycle.

A sustainable textiles artist and educator, Maud has been living low waste for a number of years and is a keen upcycler, creating beautiful weaves, jewellery and bags from waste materials. Linda is an experienced health professional, who combines her wellbeing knowledge with the use of craft. She wants to share her passion of sustainable living with others, as a healthy person can only exist within a healthy environment.

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Ginny HAWKE ART4U

I've been teaching community arts all over Tower Hamlets for 23 years and I'm a qualified art teacher with an art degree. I run art projects in schools and with community groups across London, doing things like drawing, marbling, paper making, tie dye, batik, printmaking, decoupage, paper crafts, card making, interior design, recycled fashion, mask making, interior design, glass painting, screen printing and painting in oils, watercolour and acrylics.