It started with a plaque…

Annette Smyth

My journey to Powertex UK Masters certificate

This month I’d like to share my Powertex journey with you from my very first make through to my Powertex UK Masters certificate which I completed in October this year.

In early 2014 my friend had been in Australia on holiday and brought me back a craft magazine as she knew how much I loved creating. I was browsing through this when I came across some fabric sculpted figures. I instantly fell in love and knew I just had to find a class in the UK where I could learn how to do this.

Luckily for me the NEC Craft show was on the following month so I went along as usual but was a little over excited to say the least, when I came round the corner and there was Tracey Evans with a stand promoting Powertex. She must of thought I was a little bit crazy as I flew up to her wanting to know when I could do a class.

Roll forward 4 weeks and after a lot of secrets between my husband, best friend Karen and Tracey over gift vouchers for my birthday I was sitting in Tracey’s studio doing my first ever Powertex workshop.

It started with a plaque. I was instantly hooked and wanted to do more.

Powertex plaque by Annette Smyth
First ever Powertex project

Powertex training

I couldn’t believe this product could be as good as I was being told so I took the next year and completed every course possible. After that year I took all levels of tutor training and started running classes in my local area. I went on to become the Creative Team Leader for the CV postcode.

Annette Smyth Figure statue with Powertex
Powertex figure by Annette Smyth

During my journey with Powertex I have had the most amazing opportunities. I have taught workshops and provided feature exhibitions at the NEC Creative Craft Show and the Welsh assembly, written magazine articles, been on the design team for 3 years, had my work featured on Hochanda, taught workshops from 1 to 1 up to large groups, worked on the Powertex stand at Creative Craft Shows in NEC Birmingham, Exeter and Stoneleigh, Kirsty Allsops’ show at Ragley Hall and travelled to Belgium to train with Brigitte Grade the owner and creator of Powertex.

Powertex art by Annette Smyth
Echibition piece from Save our Steel at Pierhead, Cardiff
Powertex poppy exhibit by Annette Smyth
NEC Birmingham, Creative Craft Show Entrance exhibition

Earlier this year I became a Certified Powertex Training Academy where I now train new Powertex tutors in fabric sculpting/business set up and existing tutors in Stone Art and 3D Flex.

I was also invited to complete the Powertex UK Masters Certification process. In this program you have to complete 4 projects. For each piece a different theme is set by head office. For the first 3 pieces, you then develop and create your artwork at your own pace. Once finished you document the full process and submit to Powertex UK. Each one has to be assessed and approved by head office before you can move on.

The final project

For the final project, head office again set the theme however this time you create your piece in Tracey’s studio over a 2 day period. You also take along your previous 3 makes for the final assessment. Once this has all been approved you are awarded the Powertex UK Masters Certificate.

I have really enjoyed this whole process. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me really think about what I was creating, working out how I could show the technical skills I had learnt in a fluid and congruent way. There was a lot of trial and error, a lot of what if’s and a lot of coffee involved!

I decided that my first 3 pieces would each show a different skill set.

Project 1 Rebirth- 3d flex on canvas

Rebirth Powertex art by Annette Smyth
Rebirth by Annette Smyth

Project 2 Tree of Life- stone art sculpting

 tree of life sculpture by Annette Smyth
Tree of life by Annette Smyth

Project 3 – Abandonment – fabric sculpting

fabric sculpture by Annette Smyth
Abandonment fabric sculpture by Annette Smyth

Project 4 – Cubism

I wanted my final piece to encompass lots of different techniques – mixed media fabric sculpting, Stone Art texture, Stone Art clay, 3d flex clay, flex cracks, imprinting, stencilling, mark making, use of inks, pigments, wax, 3D sand and balls, Bister split. I loved making this piece the most because of the variety involved.

Cubism inspired sculpture by Annette Smyth
Cubism by Annette Smyth
Annette Smyth, Powertex tutor, trainer and Master Certification
Annette Smyth

So if you’re thinking Powertex is just about plaques, it’s so so much more.

Take a look at some of my creations here in the magazine. You can also find out more about my workshops on my Facebook page or on my website.

Until next time, Happy Creative Adventures. Axx

Becoming a Powertex tutor

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Powertex tutor? Our tutors come from different backgrounds and have built creative businesses that suit them, from weekend crafty meet-ups to full time, social entrepreneur. Read their stories and if you think you have what it takes to be a Powertex tutor, get in touch.

Tutor retreat Abyssimo workshop Powertex UK
Powertex UK with Abyssimo Workshop 2019

Building a dream

Abigail Lagden Powertex tutor
Abigail Lagden from Curiously Contrary

Abigail from Curiously Contrary says “Being made redundant was the push that I needed to properly consider developing my part time creative practice into a business. It has been a lot of hard work and a steep learning curve but it has also been fantastic fun and infinitely rewarding. I still have to pinch myself to make sure it isn’t all a dream and I have absolutely no plans to go back to having a ‘real job’ any time soon!”

Does this sound like your dream come true? Find out more about becoming a Powertex tutor by emailing Michele at Powertex UK.

Tutor Training

Training in the different products and techniques is available and you can succeed with hard work and supported by Powertex UK and fellow tutors. Every tutor runs their own unique workshops, allowing them to be creative with the products and offer something personal. There are now Powertex Academies across England offering tutor training too.

Supporting and encouraging others

Jaxs from Vintage Crafts by Jaxs says “I discovered Powertex and loved it straight away and I’ve been a tutor just over a year. I’m also a Slimming world consultant and a Zumba instructor. My Saturdays are free so that’s usually when I’m doing workshops. I’d say to anyone thinking about becoming a tutor, Go for it!!!! It’s that moment when your students see the finished item and their face is saying wow, it makes me think yep, I’m glad I did this.”

Do you love watching others create and succeed like Jaxs? Take a look at Powertex UK on Facebook to see what we’re about.

Giving back to the community

Donna Mcghie Powertex workshop with Donna Mcghie Art and Murals
Donna Mcghie Art and Murals

Donna from Art and Murals says “I love running Powertex workshops because they enable me to make a contribution to the Royal Papworth Hospital Charity. I call my workshops Art 4 A Heart Workshops and a part of my profits gets donated to the hospital as my way of saying thank you for giving me back my husband when he had his heart transplant.

I get the freedom of running my business as an independent business woman, with the added bonus of the support and advice from my fellow tutors and the guys at headquarters if I need it. Win win really.”

Would you like to run a socially minded creative business like Donna?

Sharing experience

Dawn Culver Powertex Tutor
Powertex tutor Dawn Culver

Dawn from Daybreak Crafts says “I have crafted for a number of years, right back to the 1980’s when I used to create cross stitched items to sell at craft fairs. One of my friends owned a well known craft company and offered me a job. Whilst I was working on a stand at the NEC, I met Tracey Evans and loved what she was demoing. I mentioned to Tracey I would be interested in becoming a tutor and did my training. I am currently in the process of selling off all my ‘clean’ crafting items as I have concluded I am not a clean crafter and much prefer mixed media type crafting.”

Are you looking to share your crafting experience like Dawn?

Getting creative and making friends

Bridget Griffiths Magic Garden Lyddle Folk, Powertex Tutor
Bridget from Magic Garden – Lyddle Folk

Bridget from Magic Garden – Lyddle Folk says “During the week I’m a meticulously tidy, organised accounts assistant. At the weekend I’m up to my elbows in Powertex letting my imagination run free and helping others to do the same. I do the workshops in my dining room with groups of 3-4 or one to ones. I’m able to do one or two a month, with the odd commission thrown in.

Most of my customers just want the chance to get out, have fun and meet others. The fact that they are so delighted by what they achieve is a bonus. Whether I do a whole day or just a half day, the workshops are always something I look forward to.”

Do you want to get creative and connect with other like minded people like Bridget?

Find out more about becoming a tutor

If you’re passionate about Powertex and would love to share it with others through your own creative business, we’d love to hear from you. Email Michele at Powertex UK if you think being a Certified Powertex Tutor is for you. You can also find us on Facebook. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

If you’d like to see what some of our tutors are creating, browse the Design Team articles on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine.

Certified Powertex Workshop

What’s in a Powertex Workshop?

Have you thought about going to a Powertex workshop but haven’t yet, because you’re not sure what to expect? Well come with me and let me give you an insight in what’s in a Powertex workshop.

Powertex workshop

3d Flex Texture Powertex Workshop Samples

I was invited to a Powertex workshop earlier this month by Jill Cullum, of Purple Meadow Arts & Crafts. She is the Certified Powertex Tutor for the area where I live. Jill has been on all her training, so this means that she is qualified to teach and use all the Powertex products in her Powertex workshop.

Jill explaining the samples and what she did.

Where to begin in a Powertex Workshop

Everyone getting stuck in covering their canvas’s. Janet, top left wanted to do the technique but on journal covers, so Jill brought along a journal for her to work on instead. So if you know what you would like to do, contact your tutor before hand. They are very flexible and happy to oblige where possible.

Jill demo’d the next couple of steps and then went round checking everyone was okay and understood what they were doing.

Close up of Janet’s journal covers.

Whilst the canvas’s were in the drying box Jill demonstrated how to mix up the 3d flex. She showed what the right consistency with the 3d flex was to aim for. 

Then showed how to apply the paste onto the canvas.

Then it was their turn, with guidance from Jill.

Getting ready for the next stage

Whilst the makes were back in the drying box, we all sat down and had a natter with a cuppa and some chockie biscuits. I took this opportunity to ask them what they thought of the workshop so far.

One said that it was so different to what they normally do and it was good to come without any expectations.

Another said that they have learnt so many new techniques already and we haven’t finished yet.

Another said that is was nice to do something different.

After the coffee break, all the pieces came out of the drier. Look at those amazing cracks on Anita’s canvas.

Now the fun begins, adding the colour. The hardest part seemed to be choosing which colours to use from this huge selection. Everyone was encouraged to move out of their comfort zone.

Jill chose purple and green, these aren’t her normal ‘go to’ colours.

Jill demoing on her canvas, how to use the wax with the pigments and acrylics and how to built up the layers and blend the colours.

Everyone well under way with their colours.

Really coming along now.

Fabulous blending.

Anita was building up layers to replicate the colours she had in a photo on her phone.

Finishing touches

Once everyone was happy with their canvas’s, the last thing to do was to touch up the sides to make them black again. The black just seems to make the colours pop.

And here are the proud owners with their finished pieces.

This Powertex workshop took around two and a half hours from start to finish. Just look what you could do with the right guidance. All these ladies really enjoyed themselves today.

How many of you have a bottle of Powertex sat on your craft desk but haven’t opened it yet. A workshop is a great way to get started. 

Find your local tutor

There are over 100 Certified Tutors dotted all around the UK. To find the one nearest to you, click on this link which will take you to the Powertex Tutors directory. Login and find your nearest tutor who will be happy to help you with a workshop. They cater for everyone, groups, one on one, two on one, a group of friends or join a scheduled workshop and meet like minded people, the possibilities are endless.

I hope this has given you an insight into how a workshop runs. I hope that it’s nowhere near as scary as what you thought it might be, just go along. You will be made to feel very welcome and you’ll love it so much, you’ll want to go back. Most of the tutors have their own FaceBook pages and list their planned workshops under events. So if you see something you fancy, get it touch. Nothing is out of reach with the right guidance.

Would you like to become a Powertex tutor? Be inspired by an article from Jan a Powertex UK certified tutor and find out how here.

How do I become a Powertex UK tutor?

Powertex Uk are on the look out for tutors. We need you! Become certified to teach workshops officially with Powertex a universal medium. Great for all your mixed media, fine art, crafts and sculpture projects. Think you’ve got what it takes? Read on to find out more.

Certified Powertex UK tutor Jan at Jan’s Crafty Matters shares with us her story. She shows a bit of a determination and hard work goes a long way. Now she has a great set up for her workshops. Her very own studio and a group of regular students to her workshops.

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When I became a Powertex tutor I had a dream of having my own studio, where I could be creative but also run workshops in my own space. We would all love our ideas to turn into reality as quickly as we dream them. However, as it’s happened with my Powertex tutor colleagues, I would have to wait a little while for them to become a reality. In the beginning I started with what I had my dining room made a perfect studio and the garden made an inspiring work space on sunny days.  Circumstances changed as it does with so many of us when I then moved to a flat. My powertex work area became smaller, and I had to think up different ways I could share my passion with others.

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I tried hiring a hall, but the circumstances weren’t ideal for what I needed. I knew that there were other avenues out there for me and my love of creating, teaching and sharing my Powertex passion kept me on the right path. My break came when I managed to get a permanent slot at Basingstoke Hobbycraft. Students were able to see Powertex in action and couldn’t wait to book on to a class!

My Powertex journey was progressing. I managed to get a following of ladies who came to Hobbycraft regularly. I still had my dream, and the idea was always in the back of my mind but with the success of my classes, it made its way down to the bottom of the priority list.

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Then an opportunity arose where I was contacted through advertising I’d done on social media. I was offered another space to hold workshops in Bracknell.  Workshops got busy! And I was having to take my Powertex stash up and down the stairs to my flat at least twice a week. This wasn’t ideal. It led me to enquire about a permanent space in my new workshop location.  They were delighted to have me, but the area wasn’t going to suit my needs. Without being deterred I continued on with my dream.

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My close friend Tina, told me her partner had outgrown her creation space in their flat (she makes beautiful mosaic mirrors) and a light bulb lit between us – why not share a workspace; if we found a one that would suit our needs it could work!

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After extensive searching we finally found our dream – a unit big enough for both of us, that matched all our needs.  We moved in on Sunday 28th October and I am so happy.  As soon as I walk in the door, all my worries disappear and I have a little bubble to work on my Powertex ideas, future workshops and items to sell. Who knows what the future will bring but I am going to be continuing to work hard at making this studio dream a success, enabling me to be here for years to come. Workshops in the studio are now being planned for the New Year. And I couldn’t think of a better way to start it off.

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It’s taken me some time to make my dreams a reality but in that time I never waived. I continued on through all life threw at me. I needed to learn from each opportunity that arose to get to this point and keep the faith that my hard work would come through. I had some horrible personal moments (the death of my Mum), some fantastic times (Powertex Tutor Retreats) and the love and understanding of dear friends and my family but finally I have my dream.  I have a good feeling that I may be in my lovely studio for several years to come.

UK transparent

If you feel inspired by any of the Powertex Uk tutors stories and want to turn your dreams into a reality send an email to info@powertex.co.uk, with a bit about yourself and the location you are in. And you will be sent info on becoming a tutor and joining the Powertex family. If you fancy going to a Powertex workshop look on the new tutor directory on the Powertex website to find your local tutor.

Fancy diving straight in, order from the Powertex UK website and get free delivery when you spend over £35 and subscribe to Traceys you tube channel or buy one of Traceys easy to follow tutorials found on the Powertex UK website.

Tutor Challenge

Our tutors were given a challenge at this years Tutor retreat at Powertex Hq. Each person bought an item in which they had to reuse and turn into a wonderful work of art. Here are just a few of the projects created. We hope these ideas inspire and show you that all you need a bottle of Powertex and what ever you have to hand. From cardboard tubes to an old mirror…. What will you create?

Kim McKelvie – tutor for Hartlepool and surrounding areas

From cardboard tubes to Steampunk wizardry! We would never have thought of doing something like this with some tubes would you?

Michaela Thouless tutor for Portsmouth and Fareham.

What to do with a blank hat, turn it in to a keepsake to remember…

 

Abigail Lagden tutor for Darlington and surrounding areas

Take one plain mirror and turn it into a magical, mystical creation. We are loving the dragon vibes.

 

 

 

 

Shell North tutor for Dorset, Bournmouth and surrounding areas

From an old falling apart garden ornament to the birth of a beautiful dragon! Isn’t she a stunner.

 

 

Roy Pakeman tutor for Evesham and surrounding areas

From a gift bag to the most amazing box troll we have ever seen!

 

Anna Emelia Howlett tutor for Maidstone and surrounding areas
From a plain old trunk to a treasure from the depths of the sea.

 

 

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Powertex Tutor Training Days

The last blog Sam shared with us was about her Garden Party experience. (We still have a few spaces left for next years Garden party, it’s an event not to be missed!)
Now Sam is sharing her thoughts on her tutor training at Powertex UK HQ with Creative Director Tracey Evans. Read on to find out more. If you feel inspired to become a Powertex tutor for your area please send an email to info@powertex.co.uk.
Fancy learning from a tutor? Find your nearest in the new tutor directory at Powertex UK. 

So guess where I’ve been the last couple of days? Yes, on my Powertex tutor training course, along with three other lovely ladies all set to become tutors for their designated areas.


First of all we played with the ivory Powertex.


The mdf shape that I was given was an owl and there was a huge box of embellies to choose from, so as you can see I went off piste with mine (what’s new there then!) and went down the skull, cog and Halloween route.


We then started working on the next piece.


This was the next piece, either an angel or a fairy, I chose an angel and the others made fairies.


Here at the end of day one are my three pieces all ready for their colour tomorrow.


Back again for day two and today the sun was shining.


We played with different colouring and layering techniques firstly on the bottle.


Everyone is on a roll now.


Michele popped down to see how we were all doing.


I went for the blue for my angel.


This is a photo of the projects I made taken outside this morning in my garden – love them all.


This is a snippet of my certificate, so it’s now official!!


And my absolute special favourite is my fabulous apron which I shall wear with pride – thank you sooooo much.

Can’t wait to also share my other news with you, but that will have to wait until nearer the end of the year!!

Being a Powertex Tutor

Hi everyone hope you are having a fabulously creative summer!  I have and I’m so inspired I have lots of ideas that I will be working on as we move into autumn.

I’ve had a few times this summer when I have looked back at my journey with Powertex and how it really has enhanced my life in so many ways. I have met so many talented artists and crafters in workshops I have led, through magazine articles I have written, at the NEC, Hochanda and best of all at the training and tutor retreats.  As a tutor we are so well supported and encouraged to progress on our own journey,

The highlight of the year so far for me was the annual Tutor Retreat which is held at Powertex HQ. I love every second there and these first two images are from the first day which was led by the superbly talented Rosie Casselden.  This was right out of my comfort zone because I cannot draw to save my life! However Rosie made it so easy breaking it down in to a series of flowing shapes, then textures and colours that I was completely lost in the whole project.

On day 2 we enjoyed a fabulous day with our leader and Powertex UK guru Tracey Evans.  I love abstract art and deep interesting textures so this was right up my alley as they say. These are a close up and a full shot of my finished project. Again I was lost in building the colours and levels and both paintings are on my walls at home.

 

We were joined at the Retreat by international artist Abyssimo (Maria Grausbaum-Fondler) who many of us follow and admire for her love of colour, texture and sparkle.  She is the most beautiful generous soul and having the opportunity to get to spend time with Maria who I am so happy to call my friend was amazing.
To top the Retreat off perfectly Maria led a full workshop on day 3 when members of the public were also able to join us.  Maria led a class with paints as vibrant in colour as her personality and her use of multiple layers of subtle colours building to rich depth and dimension was superb.
We were able to build our own composition and I have been very influenced by space, the moon, planets and stars this summer so mine materialised as a nod to the galaxy.

If you have ever thought about being a Powertex Tutor I would just say go for it, if you put the time and effort in to develop your artistic skills and your knowledge of the products who knows where you could go.  I’m so glad I did!

Keep Creating and share your makes with us over in The Powertex Studio or on Powertex Addicts.

Here’s to the rest of 2018!
By for now
Fi xx

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 

 

 

When crafting dreams come true…….

Our tutors at Powertex UK are made of strong stuff even when adversity rears it’s ugly head in sad circumstances! Here is another example of how a situation can be transitional in life and you guessed it Powertex is at the forefront . What a beautiful space Shell now has to hone her skills and share her talents and knowledge with her students.

Here is her story:
Well it dawned on me the other week, (actually I had a reminder through facebook) that a year has gone by since we left with a situation that we had a couple of weeks to build my art studio.  We had a workshop booked at a venue where the business had just gone into liquidation so our options were slim as we already had people booked in. We tried a few other venues but it wasn’t looking hopeful.
Now this studio build was supposed to be a leisurely ‘project’ build by my partner over a few months in the summer but now I had to ask if it was even remotely possible to build my dream in the time frame we had until the workshop date or should I cancel? To be honest I wasn’t hopeful at all but I’m not one who likes to cancel and let people down where I can help it, so I had to ask my man.
To my surprise he thought for a few moments and said confidently he would book the time off work and get started the next day, and so it began!
First he asked me how big and roped it out, drew up a plan, then we ordered parts. We had a few issues with orders and deliveries but piece by piece he worked hard to support me by trying to getting it done by the dead line. Not wanting to let me down, he was up at the crack of dawn and there until late each night. He wouldn’t let me lift a finger more than make him cups of tea and sandwiches.
The base, then the frame, supports and flooring were all coming together. The roof, weather-proofing,  insulation, cladding, door and 2nd hand windows before a rush to the finish with the insulation and plasterboard interior.
We were still loading the studio with stock and furniture up until well past midnight the night before the scheduled workshop the next day. But he did it, he pulled it off, we made the deadline!
 
 
The workshop went ahead, which I have huge amounts of gratitude to Trefor for his skills, support, time and effort he gave despite the pressure. It wasn’t perfect by far, it still needed a lot of work but it was water tight safe and useable. 
A year has gone so fast and there is still landscaping around the studio to be finished as well as the odd touch up. I wanted to upcycle and reuse 2nd hand furniture where I could, add stock and storage still with a place to make art so its taken time to get there.
But for a year now I have had this amazing space to create in, to relax in or escape in, its both a work in progress still but a blessing in disguise and yes I’m living my crafting studio dream as it came true! Find Shell at The Crafty Little Corner on her website or Facebook.
 Feeling inspired by our tutors story’s? Know you have what it takes to join the family and fly the Powertex banner in your area. Want to inspire, enthuse and share your knowledge? Want to make a real difference by offering an escape from life into the creative? Want to share what makes your soul tick with others? Want to engage students in your passion and watch them grow? Send us an email at info@powertex.co.uk. We’d love to hear from you. Want to go to a workshop to be inspire. Find your nearest tutor here. Toodles Anna xXx 

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