London Craft Week: Make a Creature with Julie Arkell

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London Craft Week: Make a Creature with Julie Arkell

Wednesday 30 September 2020

Session: 1


Time: 2.00pm - 6.00pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 10

This afternoon workshop is all about pushing the boundaries of traditional stitch and letting your imagination run wild! Take the opportunity to lose yourself in a world of play, creating individual creatures full of character.

During the class you can experiment with many creative processes all by hand including embroidery, sewing and stitching.

We will have a range of different fabrics and threads available for you to use and we also invite you to bring any scraps, yarns or miscellaneous bits and bobs to incorporate into your design to make it truly unique.

All the materials are included as well as tea, coffee and cake which will be served!


Julie Arkell is one of the UK’s best recognised contemporary folk artists. Working in papier-maché and mixed media, Julie combines craft and fine art techniques to create distinctly personal creatures. She uses a mix of vintage fabrics, scraps of poems and words she loves, as well as hand knitted textiles and stitching to make her dolls. Julie’s unique sense of 'making' is inpsired by old toys, painting, stories and folk art.

Born in London, Julie Arkell studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham before gaining a diploma in textiles at St Martin’s School of Art. Her work is exhibited all over the world including the UK, NYC and Japan.