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"Ellie has a very lovely calm, serene and encouraging teaching style. A very generous teacher in the knowledge she is giving, for a very very reasonable cost. This course is changing the way I think about carving out time for creative crafts and allowing me to explore them in a more slow, mindful and sustainable way. Thanks Ellie! X" ~ Kels @kelsosullivan

 

The Creative Year is about making & creating while also bringing slow mindful living into your days. Imagine learning a whole bundle of new skills, new crafts, new techniques & connecting with a community of like-minded creatives! Connecting heart, mind & hands you’ll learn how to make things for your home, your friends, your body, your self. You’ll learn practical how-tos combined with thoughtful talkings on being creative & finding your own visual voice amongst it all. And being guided on how to fit it into your life, to create slow in your days.

The aim of this ecourse is to grow and expand your skills, but also to spend a slow moments dedicating to one new craft at a time. Each course session has it's own projects, process & techniques, but they all add to each other in terms of building upon different ways of working and learning how to tap into your creative voice.

The Creative Year is perfect for you if:

  • you want to learn how to use your hands and tap into your inner creativity 
  • you want to fit making time for yourself around your home, work or family life
  • slowing down is important to you
  • making gifts for friends, family or yourself sounds wonderful
  • learning new ways of bringing creativity to your days sounds interesting
  • discovering natural sustainable ways to work in your creative practice appeals
  • you're keen to connect with an online community and feel supported as a maker
  • you want to learn some new crafty projects and skills

 

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"As an incredibly introverted single mom of two daughters aged 16 and 11, my time is unfortunately quite limited. I have been aching to both find my community and slow down my life, eliminating the consumerism mentality and returning to the roots of ancestral principles of mending, creating useful household objects and reusing materials already on hand. I purchased this course for myself to facilitate the transformation of the story I had created around my limited time. I think all too often we as women (and moms) don't value our autonomy, our intrinsic selves and believe, regularly that we need to be doing more, faster. However, during this course a complete shift has happened for me. My time is still just as limited, but I view the time I spend making as meditative, as a form of self-care. I live in the abundance of what is around me, the knowledge that has been shared with me, the connections that are being made, are all extraordinary gifts that I profoundly treasure. I have a deep gratitude for Ellie’s wealth of knowledge, her meaningful and thought provoking conversations, and her willingness to grant us access to a bit of her heart". ~ Ashlee @pinesugar

 

You’ll receive:

  • 12 different creative making sessions, with step-by-step videos

  • materials list with sustainable environmental underpining

  • downloadable written & illustrated how-tos

  • access to a private Facebook community to share your challenges, questions, insights & more about creative making

  • advice, tips, help via email, Facebook or Instagram

  • thoughts & conversations on creative making, and finding your own visual voice

  • and much much more…..

Each Creative sessions includes a different project or technique:

  • Raffia basket making
  • Botanical & Indigo dyeing
  • Fabric printing & instinctual mark-making
  • Crochet - stones, mushrooms, string bag
  • Loom weaving
  • Slow stitching
  • Book-Binding & Eco-printing onto paper
  • Paper making
  • Hand stitched fabric lampshade
  • and lots more....

What will I be able to make:

  • The projects include raffia baskets and dyeing with kitchen scraps
  • Learning how to set up an indigo vat and different shibori techniques
  • Crochet a string bag, or a mini sweet crochet-covered stone or little mushroom
  • Make your own art journal, using eco-printing processes and simple book binding techniques
  • Make your own paper
  • Fabric lamps
  • Weave your own woven wall hanging artwork or pillow / cushion
  • Print your own fabric designs - stencil & screen printing
  • and lots lots more - see a small sample of student creations on Instagram here

I use and suggest sustainable materials and tools. I encourage you to use what you have, rather than going and buying lots of different things for different projects. Sometimes I use the "wrong" tool, but I'd prefer that than having to spend lots of money on a heap of equipment and tools you might only use a couple of times. I am not an expert, but I am a life-longer learner and keen to share my passion for making. I truly believe that everyone is creative, and my aim is to help you tap into this through my own instinctual nurturing teaching style. My videos are not slick perfect videos, but filmed in a manner to make you feel like you're sitting beside me in my studio.

The projects are designed to fit around family* & work life (I’ve got 3 kids myself!), and are perfect for beginners or great if you want to change up your current creative makings. I have students who are complete creative crafty beginners and people who are full time practicing artists - everyone gets something different out of the Creative Year because it's more than just how-to crafting videos, it's a whole new way of thinking about approaching your creative practice and discovering your own visual voice. 

*but I can't promise you won't end up like one student who was so deeply immersed in basket weaving she didn't want to even go shopping to buy food to feed her family. Though she assured me they actually had lots in the pantry, and managed to not starve! hehe


You get lifetime access to 12 creative making sessions, with multiple videos and many different projects.
Often I film extra content for different sessions, which you get automatic access to.


 

What People are saying about "The Creative Year" and my online teaching:

"What I love about the course is that it is teaching me so many techniques that I will have for a lifetime! So if I don't create all the things Ive been planning now, I can do them in a month or a year. I feel like ' The Creative Year' could have a subtitle - 'Providing you with crafty skills to last a lifetime' or something along those lines!! I love that the course allows me to go at my own pace, there's no pressure from Ellie that's for sure. Ellie seeks feedback from students on ways to improve elements of the course which is great, everyone is learning!" Stacey - @mumma_wren
"Taking time to slow down and create seems so counter intuitive to our cultural addiction to busyness. Working with this course has allowed me time to do this, and to rediscover the connection between slow living, creativity and gratitude that is truly nourishing in every way." -Sarah.
"The Creative Year has reconnected me with the power I have in my own two hands to create something of beauty" @emsellen
"I just love that I have access to a series of well planned and beautifully produced workshops I can access at my leisure at home. The course allows me take some time to pursue things I love and want to learn about. I'm much better and feel better for being part of it. Ellie's peaceful nature and delivery is a great tonic and I can't wait to learn more great stuff! Thanks Ellie" ~ Sammy D

 

"I was thrilled that you added more videos over the past few days. This is a nice touch, supplementing the material. It's value adding which you're super good at. (this course) has delivered in spades and has been a delight to experiment. Together with Instagram and your blog and your emails I feel like I'm on a journey with a heap of other lovely genuine people which is being lovingly curated by you!" ~ Stella

FAQ:

Who is this course for? This course is for anyone who wants to tap into their creative making, to learn new crafty skills and also give themselves some beautiful moments of slow down me time. This is not just a craft project course, this whole course is about Creating Slow in your days, using your creativity, your hands and simple meaningful projects to tap into the beautiful moments in life. You can be a beginner with no crafty skills at all, or a professional artist looking at new ways of working. You don't need to be perfect at crafting; my way of working is that everyone has their own style and way of working, and I aim to help you tap into this creative visual voice.

What tools, materials and equipment do I need? My aim is for you to use what you have, but there are a few things you need. Email me (petalplum@gmail.com) if you want a materials list, but mostly you'll need some sewing needles, fabric, crochet hook, old saucepans and things. I encourage you to use second hand, or make do with what's in your home - rather than an expensive materials and craft / art supplies list.

How do I access the course content? The course is run through an online 'school' where you can view the videos via your computer or device, they even have an app for smartphones. You can download some parts of the course, other parts are for online viewing. 

How long will I need to spend on the each project? Each session has a different amount of videos, for different lengths of time, depending on the project and the technique. You can watch the videos in about half an hour, and then spend as little or as long on each project as you desire / life allows. Some projects are a little more complicated and take a little longer, some you can do in small pockets of time around family life.

What if I don't like one project or technique? Can I get a refund on that section? Unfortunately I can't offer part refunds for certain sessions of the course. With more than 12 different techniques and many projects, you might find that some don't gel with you the same as others. That's ok - you don't need to do everything. I'm sure you'll find that you get more than the full value by tapping into the different sessions, and listening to the words I share on creative making. BUT, if you want, I do offer many of the courses as individual options if that sounds better to you.

What about if I've already purchased one of your courses? If you've already purchased a Creative Making courses that is in the Creative Year, please email me and I can reduce the full payment for the amount you've already paid. 

Do you have a payment plan option? Please contact me and we can sort out a payment plan option for you. petalplum@gmail.com

When can I begin? Right now! Enrol here and I'll email you the info on how to start your courses straight away. You get access to almost all the courses; a few more are still being written / filmed and will be added in January 2018. 

What if I have any other questions? Please feel free to email me petalplum@gmail.com or contact me through my contact form