How I Came to be making a Powertex Sculpture in my local bank

I hope you are all enjoying reading our Powertex UK certified tutors success stories. Here is another by our design Team member Donna Mcghie. I hope you find this one an inspiring read as much as I did. Are you looking for a change of career? To find out how to become a certified tutor in your area send an email with a bit about yourself to info@powertex.co.uk.
 
How I Came to be making a Powertex Sculpture in my local bank

 

A few years ago I was lucky enough to be accepted onto the Lloyds Bank Social EntrepreneurScheme.
With a background of working with mental health charities and inclusion work I have always used creativity as a way of engaging with people.  And I firmly believe that mental health wellbeing is important all for of us, even those who are lucky enough to  wake up every morning bright eyed and bushy tailed.  Each and every one of us (I think) can benefit from having a creative outlet of some sort or another.
The beauty of Powertex Workshops is their accessibility.  There really is a powertex workshop that is suitable for everyone.
This is a way of thinking that comes naturally to me, and because of that I feel very comfortable in my role as a Powertex Tutor.
What I’m not naturally comfortable with, is the role of business woman.
However, on the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneur Scheme, under the guidance of a wonderful mentor, my mindset began to change.  I learnt about business plans.  I learnt about money management.  I learnt about keeping accurate financial records.  All of which, as a ’creative person, I had shied away from before.
So it really tickled me when I was asked if I would consider sitting in the lobby of my local Lloyds bank to do one of my fabric sculptures and talk to people about the scheme.
Me?  The worst money management person in the world?  Talking with some sort of authority in a bank?  They were having a laugh, surely.
But one of the other things I learnt on the scheme, was to say yes to things.  So I did.  I said yes.  And that is how I ended up sitting in my local bank, creating an angel out of Powertex.
People were interested.  People stopped to chat.  People asked about Powertex, about my business, about the scheme. Someone even came up with a name for my angel.  Penny, what a perfect name for someone created in a bank. 
So the day was a success.  I was a success.  And that’s another important thing I have learnt.  Not to be scared of success.  Not to be shy of saying when something has worked out well.  Not to belittle what I have achieved so far.  These are the photos that were taken on the day. (I made sure to put lots of protective floor covering down, as I find it impossible to work without making a mess!)
So thanks to Powertex, and to the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneur Scheme, I am now saying yes to a lot more things.  As a result I have been interviewed more than once on local  radio staions, and am due to be being filmed for local media running a workshop.  Is it scary?  Umm, yes.  Really scary actually,  for a natural introvert like myself.  Would I recommend it?  Absolutely.  I’m learning that as long as I am myself when I’m interviewed, I can, and do, quite enjoy the process.
Positive affirmations are like marmite, you love them or loathe them.  I’m a fan as long as they are not too syrupy.  My favourite ever is ‘jump and the net will appear.’  Well I jumped.  It wasn’t quite a leap of faith, as thanks to the Lloyds Bank scheme, I have my business foundations well in place.  But it was still pretty daunting standing on that edge and plucking up the courage to go for it.  But I’m so glad I did.
And really, you can’t go far wrong with Powertex can you?  I’d love to know where Powertex has taken you.
You can find out more about my workshops on my website www.artandmurals.co.uk  or my facebook page www.facebook.com/artmuralsbydonnamcghie 

 

 

The Endless Possibilities of Powertex

It’s always exciting when a new opportunity knocks on your door and Powertex seems to have this magical effect of opening doors. I know it has been a life changing experience for me and our certified tutors across the uk have similar experiences. If you want to make a change in your life and love to hear the stories about our tutors making their Powertex businesses a success then send an email to info@powertex.co.uk about the opportunities of becoming a tutor in your area. 
 
Here’s Wendy’s Powertex story.
 
If you as asked me at the start of the year what I would be doing at Easter I would probably have said that I’d be sitting in front of the tv munching on chocolate or taking my gorgeous cockapoos, Pepsi and Dougal , for a walk on one of the beautiful beaches close to our home. What I wouldn’t have said is that I would be closing my craft supplies shop and opening a new studio in a 300 year old barn in the heart of rural Northumberland.
 
But that’s exactly what I’m doing!!
It’s been a whirlwind 3 months but today ‘The Creative Chicken’ opens its doors at Kirkharle Courtyard twenty miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne.
 
I really can’t express just how excited I am that I will be able to bring the magic of Powertex to more people in such stunning surroundings.
 
The new studio is at Kirkharle Courtyard, a converted farm where garden designer Lancelot Capability Brown was born & grew up. The farm now houses a lovely coffee shop, farm shop. An art gallery and numerous small craft studios including The Creative Chicken.
 I will be running classes for both children and adults, as well as 1:2:1 classes, children’s parties and so much more so if you are up in the North East make sure to call in and say hello!
Well, I have been inspired by Wendy haven’t you? If your looking for a workshop near you you can find details by following the link to the Powertex UK website. Have a wonderful Monday. And Good luck Wendy with your opening today! Toodles Anna xXx