April 15, 2017

Make a portrait


Come along to Madelvic House and learn about making your own portraits!

These 2 weekly sessions will see students take inspiration from famous artworks on display at the National Galleries of Scotland to produce their own portraits. We will try out different materials at each workshop, including drawing, photography and sculpture. The classes are led by artist Sam Rutherford.

Children to be accompanied by an adult.

All materials will be provided. Make sure to wear clothes that can get messy!

This event will take place from 10am – 12pm on 7 and 14 May 2017. Tickets can be purchased individually, or a ticket for both sessions is available for £10.

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Craft fair on Saturday 27 Feb

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We are pleased to announce the full programme we will be running on Saturday the 27th of February, in addition to all the workshops.
Passion Earth:Looking for upcycled, handmade, eco-friendly and fairtrade gifts?  Then we are IT!  Passion Earth specialises in peerless, handmade products fashioned out of recycled fabrics to create a chic finish.  We also showcase several imported, handmade and hand-drafted products that occasionally use recycled material to enhance the product range.
Vintage Remix: Sheet music, vintage vinyl, books, stamps, magazines and all manner of vintage emphemera upcycled into a range of retro homewares – including clocks, bowls, pictures and furniture
Edinburgh Tool Library: the UK’s first tool library, promoting sharing as a way of reducing our environmental impact.  We lend our members tools for DIY, gardening, decorating and machine repair, so that they don’t need to own them.  Not only does this collaborative approach make sense environmentally, it also helps our members financially.
Changeworks:  will be offering a FREE drop-in workshop allowing you to try your hand at making accessories from bicycle inner tubes.  They will also provide advice on recycling services, re-use and charity shop information.
Upcycled World: will be running two workshops and a stall on the day, see their website
Tamsin Grainger: a local maker, who crafts beautiful bedspreads and bags from upholstery samples that would otherwise have been thrown away by shops.
Another talented local crafts person,  Seonaid Cooke, will be offering a FREE drop-in crochet workshop where you can learn to crochet attractive accessories in minutes!
Come along to the craft and upcycling fair which is FREE.
For any of the workshops, book via

Upcycled Jewellery

jewellery (1)In this workshop you’ll be shown basic jewellery techniques to enable you to take old jewellery apart and refashion it into new pieces. We’ll give you a few different jewellery design ideas to work on or you can design and make your own piece(s). If you have any broken fashion jewellery you are also welcome to bring that along if you’d like some guidance or assistance with mending it.
DATE:Saturday 27 Feb, 13.00 – 14.30, ticket price: £7 (Maximum 10)
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Upcycled Chalkboards

Come and join us for some picture frame upcycling, bring an old frame along and transform it into a chalkboard.  This is a fun and practical reuse for old frames, especially the ones that have lost the glass.  During the workshop we’ll show you how to make chalk paint from matt emulsion paint, different paint techniques for decorating and also how to protect your frame with wax.  All the techniques learned during the workshop can also be applied to furniture.  Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on… just in case!
DATE:Saturday 27 Feb, 11.00 – 12.30, ticket price: £15 (Maximum 10)
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