Creative Connections: Inspiring Textiles with Pieter Van der Werf

Thursdays 28 Jan - 18 Mar (8 weeks)

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Call: 01851 708 480

Creative Connections is a series of free online workshops for adults over the age of 60 in the Western Isles.  The weekly workshops offered by Pieter van der Werf / Studio Orains will be focused on textiles in the home. Together with a small group of up to eight other participants you’ll create a felted wall hanging for your own home.

Pieter is an artist with his studio based in Argyll and Bute. From there he will lead you through the process of wet-felting which is essential in this type of textile creation. Make your own small wall hanging with wool from the Scottish Blackface or Jacob sheep. The wool for this is sourced from farms close to the studio in Colintraive.

Discover also the plant materials used to dye the wool for the studio, as you and Pieter will go on a virtual botanical walk along the shores of Loch Riddon. You’ll have ample opportunity to share your own creative experiences and stories with your fellow workshop participants, and see how each individual wall hanging is developed.

You will receive a pack of art materials with everything you need for the course. If you already have drawing and painting materials you may wish to use these too.

To take part you need a computer, internet access and a clear workspace. If you don’t have a computer you can borrow a laptop from An Lanntair for the duration of the course. Contact for details.

The course will be delivered through Zoom.  When you book, check that your email address is correct on your An Lanntair account. The Zoom link will be emailed to you.  The Project Co-ordinator will be happy to support with technical issues and getting used to Zoom.

Book by Monday 25th January to receive your materials in time for the 1st session. 

Please note : this course is not suitable for people who have lanolin related allergies.

Pieter Van der Werf.  Photograph by Sandy Young Photography

Creative Connections Lewis and Harris is a new project which is supported by Inspiring Scotland’s Creative Communities programme which aims to support and empower communities to develop cultural activities.   Creative Communities is funded jointly by the Scottish Government’s Culture and Justice directorates and aims to extend opportunities for people to take part in culture throughout their lives.

The project aims to:  Reduce loneliness in social isolated older adults in the Western Isles through regular creative and social online arts opportunities; Improve mental health and wellbeing for isolated older adults through positive creative experiences and conversation in the language of their choice; Increase the number of opportunities for people to be creative and to develop visual arts skills.