The Big Skill brings Communities together, through accessible, hands-on rural skills and contemporary crafts. At community centers, cafes and castles, in Mid Wales, Borders and the Marches. 

Crafts in the Centre

We are proud to be part of the welcoming community at Saxon Hall with our creative activities. Which started up again on Tuesday 8th September. 

 

Including; Clay Sculpture workshops with Rebecca Buck, Accessible Crafts at your Fingertips sessions, our Free Crafts at Home Kits, plus our new journal project, Camera on the Community.

The Big Skill hopes that by providing these creative sessions at Saxon Hall, we can help the community to Remember and Rebuild.

 

You can take part in Camera on the Community or pick up a Free Crafts at Home kit, from 10 am to 4 pm every Tuesday at Saxon Hall.

Camera on the Community is your chance to participate in a new project. Putting together a journal of what effect COVID-19 has had on our lives and looking towards the future. 

 

We aim to capture this moment in time for our community. Adding to the records of the social history of people and events in our area.  Such as the Canary Girls of Rotherwas, Derek Evans photographic archive of Herefordshire Life and the local memories shared by In Our Age magazine.

We hope to enter the finished community documentary into a Film Festival, publish our Journal online and make it available as a paperback book.

 

If you are unable to come to us at Saxon Hall, we can arrange to bring a Camera on the Community to you, safely recording your interview at arm's length.

 

Shy in front of the camera? We can record your voice, or we can send you a flyer or link to our interview questions. Then you can send us your own words, music, drawings, photos, video or artworks to be included in our Journal.

 

Please contact Trevor to arrange your interview opportunity.

 

With thanks to Hereford Community Foundation and the National Emergencies Trust, for funding this documentary project.

In March 2020 we launched our 'Standing up for Peace Sculpture Project' at Saxon Hall, Hereford. Followed by our 'Remember and Rebuild' monument during lockdown.

 

Each Tuesday from 8th September, sculptor Rebecca Buck of Osprey Studios will run sessions on How to Use Clay Modelling, Doodling and Notes to Work out Ideas.

 

There are 2 sessions every Tuesday, one in the morning at 10 am and one in the afternoon at 1.30 pm. Each session is 2.5 hours long.

 

Make sure to book early on Eventbrite, as places must be strictly limited due to social distancing regulations.


Participants thoughts on our themes of 'Peace' and 'Remember and Rebuild' are being communicated through representative and abstract forms of special relevance to this local community and its social heritage.

 

Clay sculptures made during these community Workshops are inspiring and shaping the final architectural ceramic forms, garden landscaping and seating which will be placed at Saxon Hall on completion.

Using clay is direct and easy - everyone can join in.

 

To enquire about arranging a socially distanced Clay Sculpture workshop for your group at a different Hereford City venue, please send an email to Trevor.

We would like to thank Bulmer Gilmour Fund via Hereford Community Foundation for their support for our project launch.

 

With thanks to Herefordshire's a Great Place for funding the online design phase of the sculptures during Covid-19 lockdown.

 

'Remember and Rebuild' is funded by the National Lotteries Covid-19 Community Response Fund. 

 

Herefordshire City Council has kindly funded the clay and materials to create the final sculptures. Due to be unveiled in Spring 2021.

Funding applications to further develop this project during 2020-2021 are in hand. Please contact us for Sponsorship opportunities or with offers of substantial individual Gifts.

Crafts at Your Fingertips workshops return to Saxon Hall

on Tuesdays, from 11 am to 2 pm - hosted by our Accessible Crafts Group. 

 

Workshops started on Tuesday 8th September with Annabel of TinKanDesigns, who ran a recycled metal bug workshop, outside in the Community Garden. 

On the 29th September, Emma of FfolkyFfelt showed us how to make a cute needle felted mouse from native fleece. There's another chance for you to felt with Ems on 3rd November.

 

Sarah Adby's willow star workshop in September was very popular! Sarah returned on the 6th October, to show the group how to weave a Bird Feeder from willow.

On Tuesday 13th October, Ginn Downs of Make Do & Mend, will be sharing with you how to sew Different Seams from her Vintage Collection. Katey's Crafts will be here on 20th October, making Autumn Wreaths from natural and recycled materials.


Bridget will bring her Scrap Bag to Saxon Hall on the 27th October, making Autumn Lanterns. On the 10th November, Bridget will show us how to craft a Xmas decoration.

 

Adele will lead us on a Foraging adventure on November 17th. Then TinKanDesigns returns with Metal Bugs on 24th November.

 

Workshop places are limited due to social distancing and the Rule of 6, so must be booked in advance on Eventbrite.

 

Please read our COVID-Safe Workshop Guide before booking. Thank You.

In February 2020 we launched our 'Coffee, Crafts and Chat' sessions.

These tasters introduce various craft practitioners to a new audience. Giving an opportunity for people to share their skills, or just to chill with a cup of coffee in good company.

Hosted at local community centres and cafes in Hereford and the Welsh Borders. With the aim of setting up community craft hubs, where individuals have the opportunity to develop their creative skills.
 

Recycle Repair Redesign: We recently provided craft workshops to support Hereford Green Network's 'Make do and Mend' Cafes and the Repair Cafe in Abergavenny.

If your group are based in the Hereford area or the Welsh Borders and would like a taster session at your venue, school or village hall, then we may be able to offer you a discounted rate per session.

We are able to take bookings for Autumn 2020, in line with Coronavirus social distancing rules.


'Coffee, Crafts and Chat' is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Visit The Big Skill Virtual Craft Tent at
The Greatest Online Agricultural Show

on Saturday 2nd May 2020
 

During social distancing, our Big Skill Accessible Craft Group took the lead in creating new, online 'Craft, Community and Chat' videos of rural skills and crafts.

We launched in early May 2020, presenting craft and rural skills demonstrations in The Big Skill Craft Tent at The Greatest Online Agricultural Show, on The Internet Showground.
 

This virtual project bloomed from our Accessible Craft Group, who usually met every Tuesday at Saxon Hall, Hereford between 12-3 pm. Inspired by British farmer David Hill's idea to beat the lockdown. 

As a Team, we plan to expand our virtual demonstrations to provide accredited training in contemporary crafts, textiles and clay sculpture, leading to employment for our practitioners and participants.

Sessions were free, friendly and open to all to join in the Fun! #GreatestAgShow

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