In our Craft Workshop we try to create a bright, colourful and therapeutic environment where residents and co-workers can express themselves creatively. We work as a team producing beautiful crafts that can be sold in our shop in the village of Dunkeld or at our advent market. Our main activities are papermaking, papiér mâché, loom weaving, silk painting, mosaic and felting. We also have a new printing press and are really enjoying lino printing. These craft activities are rotated every two months throughout the year. Co-workers work closely with the residents encouraging them to work as independently as possible through making colour choices, design ideas and carrying out their tasks. We always aim to achieve a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Along with working in the workshop, our craft team enjoys decorating the Hall for our many festivals and events throughout the year. We also involve ourselves in art projects with local groups outwith the community sharing our craft skills and at the same time creating social links.
The craft team have secured funding from Perth & Kinross Council for a mosaic'd bench which will be installed here at Corbenic. Individual pebbles are being hand-painted, which will then be mosaic'd into the design. Another great project to showcase the talents of the whole community.
This term in Craft sees a shift from silk painting to felting. Beautiful pictures are created by layering fibres, then soap, water and some rolling action to bind it all together.
The residents make products for the shop, felted soaps being one of the more unique items for sale. The soap is wrapped in fibres which felt together when rolled. After the sudsy process, the soaps are ready for use...genius!
Andrew and Monica paint a river on silk.
Winter & Spring
2017 began with weaving: guitar straps, scarves, fabric for meditation cushions etc. Due to the popularity of these items, most were already sold, a real testament to the quality of work Monica the craft workshop leader encourages and achieves from the residents.
Every couple of months the worshop changes and everyone gets a chance to try their hand at something new. The residents sprung into March with planning their mosaics, which end up as a decorative mirror, framed beautifully with ceramic and glass tiles, glued down and grouted to add the finishing touch.