City & Guilds Foundation Knitting Design study day

Study day with City and Guilds foundation students with Debbie Tomkies of Making Futures CIC at A4 Studios Altrincham

Our first day live 'in the office'!

It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally up and running for visitors.

It was lovely to welcome my City & Guilds Foundation programme students for a designing study day at my studio at A4 studios and AIR Gallery in Altrincham.

As not everyone could be there in person we were joined online as well as in person and (after a few tech hiccups) we got the IT working and had a really productive day.

As the students are moving towards their final projects we were looking at how to take the journey from an initial image through refining and resolving, researching ideas, stitches and techniques and sampling.

There were some excellent results and lots of progress made.

One of the advantages of small groups is the flexibility to put a bit of in person alongside the distance learning so that those who want to can also get together. Being able to bring others in by zoom means no-one needs to feel excluded.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how the student samples develop – if today was anything to go by they will be awesome!

If you’re interested in our City & Guilds accredited programmes you can find out more and sign up here. I’m always happy to chat as well if you have any questions about whether it’s the right course for you.

I can also run bespoke programmes for groups and organisations so do get in touch if you have a cohort that might like to study a City & Guilds programme with us.

(And if you’re looking for shorter courses on knitting, crochet, felting, hand-dyeing, indigo dyeing and more, do check out Debbie’s other workshops at DT Craft & Design).

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Debbie Tomkies

Debbie Tomkies

Debbie runs Making Futures, a social enterprise that aims to build confidence, wellbeing and self-esteem through creative activity. Making Futures works with community groups, schools, colleges and third sector organisations to deliver a wide range of workshops, classes, Arts Award, Artsmark and City & Guilds accredited programmes.

An experienced retailer and designer-maker Debbie also offers business mentoring and start-up advice to new creative enterprises. In particular she works with individuals who face barriers to employment, working with them to set up home-based creative businesses that allow them to achieve their potential whilst having regard to any specific needs they may have.

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