Craft and Collage Kits

This week we’re looking for a creative escape, and these kits to play with at the kitchen table will help get you started. Pretend you’ve just returned from a sunny weekend in Seville with one of artist, Ruby Kean’s wonderful collage parcels. These come with four blank postcards to decorate plus coloured card, craft paper, a vintage flamenco skirt postcard, images, vintage stamps, ephemera and Mount card. There are several kits in her ‘After the Siesta’ series to choose from. Get some inspiration looking at Ruby’s instagram account or by watching her tutorial via Partnership Editions here. Of course you could add your own collection of scraps too – magazine cuttings, pieces of ribbon, tickets etc.

The latest in Molly Mahon’s series of sell-out kits is the new, Print your own Lampshade. There are two designs in either pink or blue to choose from that you print yourself using eco fabric paint and a rubber and perspex block that repeats perfectly to give a wave and wiggle effect. The drum panels and tools needed to build the drum lampshade are also included. Launching Monday 12 October at 7pm here – we’re warning you well ahead.

We’re great fans of Cambridge Imprint. Their origami kits contain everything you need to make stars, butterflies, hearts or bobbles that you can string up at home. ‘Tho they come with instructions these helpful ‘How-To’ Videos make it even easier to see what you need to do.

And you’ll need to register and then gather your own kit up ready for next Friday’s Tapestry Weaving workshop with Alicia Scardetta from the Textile Arts Centre, New York. You’ll need an old picture frame, a tapestry needle and yarn in order to take part – during the session, create your own loom and learn how to weave. The event is just one of a whole program of talks and virtual workshops that make up the TOAST Creative Residency, 15-17 October, full details here.


— Daisy Allsup
7th October 2020