I hope your ready for part two of Sams fabulous blog. If you’ve loved seeing all we got up to at the Powertex garden party you can now book your place for next year. Tickets are selling out fast though. Book now here. If you fancy taking a look at more fabulous photos we have a video created of the weekend. See the video here. Toodles Anna xXx
Here is a glimpse from one of our attendees to the garden party Powertex UK held recently at Tracey’s studio at the Secret Art Loft. Everyone had an amazing time and it was such as success we are doing it all again next year. Book your place now, as spaces are filling up fast! Thank you Sam for such beautiful words and photos and for letting us share them here with everyone. Sam has a fab blog should you wish to follow her directly. Part 2 coming soon. Toodles Anna xXx
One of the things I love most about being a Powertex Tutor are the wonderful stories that unfold as people get totally absorbed in creating something beautiful and meaningful.
I have been priviliged to hear many really moving accounts of why people are making their sculptures, and who they are making them for, or, as is often the case, who they are making them in memory of.
Obviously these are very personal stories, and I think the very fact that people feel comfortable to open up and talk, either within a group, or on a one to one basis speaks volumes about the therapeutic nature of creating with Powertex.
I have been given permission by one lady to share her story here.
S’s dad had passed away recently. He was a keen gardener, and she contacted me to ask if I would be able to do a Powertex Workshop using an old boot, which she could use to keep his ashes in.
Of course I said yes. It would be an absolute honour.
I love doing boot workshops anyway, but knew that this one was going to be something rather special.
We wanted to be sure that there was a suitable place within the boot for S’s father’s ashes, and we did this by covering a small plastic seedling pot with masking tape, before lodging it into the opening of the boot, and then putting a covering of powertex soaked material over this. Ensuring that there was a good sized place for the ashes to sit in, but also ensuring it would be weatherproof as S thought she might want the boot to sit outside in the garden. One of her father’s favourite places.
Once we had done this, under my guidance, S covered the whole boot with powertex soaked fabric, scrunching it up to give lots of interesting texture and character. S added a few appropriate bits and pieces from my ever ready stash of goodies I collect from charity shops etc, such as little material roses, and a heart taken from a piece of jewellery.
Then she added the piece, that I think makes the boot really stunning. A small ornamental bird that she had brought along, to symbolise her father’s love of birds.
We left the boot overnight to dry completely, before dry brushing, which really makes it pop as a work of art.
Although I had been keen to help S make her memorial boot, if I’m honest a part of me was also really nervous, about whether it would be a sad experience for her. As it turned out the opposite was true. It was a joyous workshop, with lots of laughter and memories recounted about a man who was obviously someone who lived life to the full. And I although I didn’t know him, I do think I got a feel for the man’s character from S’s fond and happy recollections over the weekend.
I think, I hope, that his boot is a fitting memorial of a man with a real joie de vivre.
S tells me it caputres him perfectly, and that she smiles every time she looks at her boot. Which in turn makes me smile as well.
If you would like to contact a tutor to help with making your own memorial for someone special get in touch with the guys at Powertex UK, or head over to our facebook pages powertex addicts united and the powertex studio
- It lets patients forget about their illness for a while, focussing on a positive experience
- It enables people to rediscover their identity from before their illness took over
- It gives sufferers a sense of achievement
- It helps people to express their feelings
- It reduces stress by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol
Here’s the thing. So it’s a pretty fair assumption that Powertex has changed my life. I actually find it hard to remember a time when I didn’t have it in my life.
So for all those potential addicts I have chatted to at the shows over the years and have told me they bought a kit and still haven’t used it this is for you. Do it, do it, do it!
Give your bottle a shake and crack it open. Can you hear the world full of wonders that awaits you burst out of the bottle. Grab it by the hand, jump in and get creating, invite a friend over, heck get the kids and all the family joining in!
Once you have done this I want to see all those makes over on the Powertex addicts united page on facebook.
And yes, you can do it there is no right or wrong. Just let go….feels good doesn’t it? Look at all these lovely pictures scattered through this blog. hmmmmm…yummy right? Do it, do it, do it!
And if you need a little guidance or inspiration booster, cause to be honest Powertex UK hq is my favourite place as I get to pick Tracey’s brain, not quite sure she feels the same, I think I may tire her out lol. Anyhow, I do like to deviate!
Find a tutor in your area if you need guidance because joining our club is the best decision you could EVER make. Welcome to the Powertex addicts family! Toodle pip Anna xXx