Cre­ative space launched in Feild­ing

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Conversations - SAM KILMISTER

Feild­ing’s artis­tic souls will blos­som at a new cre­ativ­ity hub launched by two moth­ers.

The Space di­rec­tors Danielle Glynn and Ja­cynda Mur­ray are of­fer­ing a se­ries of work­shops in art, knit­ting, photography, cup­cake dec­o­rat­ing, chalk paint­ing and flo­ral ar­rang­ing.

The cou­ple would be of­fer­ing classes with some of New Zealand’s top cre­ative tal­ent.

Glynn, 27, said artis­tic ex­pres­sion was of­ten lost among the pres­sures of ev­ery­day life and The Space of­fered peo­ple a chance to de­vote time to the arts.

‘‘We want to in­spire peo­ple to try some­thing new, learn about in­ter­est­ing top­ics or take time out to get cre­ative,’’ she said.

‘‘Hav­ing a hobby is just as im­por­tant for good health as ex­er­cise - re­duc­ing the ef­fects of stress and im­prov­ing well­be­ing. It’s also just great fun.’’

Glynn has stud­ied fash­ion de­sign and in­te­rior de­sign.

Mur­ray, 29, stud­ied graphic de­sign at the Whanganui Fash­ion School and Shilling­ton Col­lege in Bris­bane. She moved back to Manawatu as a graphic de­signer and mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant at The Herb Farm and now owns her own graphic de­sign com­pany called Jam De­signs.

The first work­shop was held last week and in­cluded a ses­sion by painter and print­maker Joe McMe­namin. Glynn said his flow­ing or­ganic pat­terns had won him a fol­low­ing from New Zealand art en­thu­si­asts.

His class was on turn­ing ‘‘doo­dles into a fine art print’’.

McMe­namin moved to Feild­ing at the be­gin­ning of this year, where he took up a one-year artist in res­i­dence po­si­tion at St John’s Angli­can Church.

Glynn also said they were mov­ing ‘Mak­ers Morn­ing’, which McMe­namin started at St John’s Church, to The Space. This is a two-hour time­frame where peo­ple can come for free and work on any projects.

An­other ini­tia­tive start­ing next month is ‘Boomerang Bags’ where vol­un­teers use re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

The sec­ond work­shop on July 26 is Knit­ting 101, which fo­cuses on fol­low­ing pat­terns, cast­ing on and off and how to in­crease and de­crease a stitch. It will be taught by Jan Wil­liams and Sharon Atkins.

The work­shop on Au­gust 8 will be of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to so­cial me­dia users and busi­nesses - flat lay photography - taught by Se­lena Hard­man from Pretty Cre­ative Style.


The Space di­rec­tors Danielle Glynn and Ja­cynda Mur­ray.

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