Welcome to the Kitchen Table

A series of workshops in partnership with Kinetika, as part of the T100 project.

We are teaming up with renowned arts organisation Kinetika to offer exclusive workshops for 2019’s T100 walking festival – Welcome to the Kitchen Table. The programme is building on last year’s very successful T100 Recipes and invites people to share personal stories, recollections and recipes connected with food and join a series of walks around and along the estuary in Essex and Kent.

We have curated a series of workshops (available as individual sessions or a package) each of which will explore food and the Kitchen Table in a variety of media- including drawing, fabric printing and large scale silk printing. You can also make a book to record your recipes, or take out walking with you to capture your inspirations. The workshops take place at our studio in Leigh and Kinetika’s brilliant space in Purfleet.

Roses are red…

Valentines day is fast approaching, and we’re embracing the spirit of the season with an evening of love poetry. Join tutor Jen Feroze for an inspiring writing workshop and some prosecco, to help get those creative juices flowing. 

‘Writing about love should feel fresh and surprising, whether you’re composing heartfelt messages to a partner, a long lost love or even to yourself. In this workshop, I’ll be guiding you through a series of creative exercises to help you step away from the greetings card cliches, and come up with something raw, real and romantic that’ll make the perfect Valentines gift. I know that the idea of poetry can sometimes feel intimidating, so promise a gentle evening of writing, fizz and creativity, with no enforced sonnets or rhyme schemes in sight!’

Get to know our garden guru…

We want to introduce our Create98ers to one of our brand new tutors for 2019: Katrina Kieffer-wells, of Earth Designs and Bud to Bloom.

Katrina, in a nutshell:

  • Katrina has been a keen gardener since childhood and worked as a florist for many years.
  • After graduating from university in 1998 with a degree in Creative Arts, Katrina went to work as a producer for a prestigious design and events company based in London’s West End.
  • She left in 2002 and decided to couple her love and knowledge of gardening with her creative skills and experience of event management. Earth Designs was born.
  • Since then Katrina and her husband Matt have grown Earth Designs into a successful company with over 250 designs and 100 builds under their belt.

Impressive, huh?!

Now you can come and learn all about transforming your own garden from the lady herself by attending Katrina’s ‘Design Your Own Garden’ and ‘Garden Masterclass’ sessions at Create98. Become green-fingered just in time Spring!

Welcome to the gang, Katrina!

98 Ways to Change

After asking you all to share how you will be more creative in 2019, your comments started flooding into our facebook and instagram pages. When there’s a £98 voucher up for grabs, why wouldn’t you?! We saw such a variety of creative goals; from simply making the time to be creative, to wanting to start exploring specific arts and crafts, to committing to spend some time with us at Create98. What creative bunch you are!

We loved hearing about your creative plans, so we thought it’s only fair that we share the creative goals of the Create98 team. So, here goes…

Christine: To cook more creatively and be more adventurous with my cooking, using healthy recipes!
Hannah: I am a printmaker and painter, so I plan to continue to develop my practice by accessing a new studio space, or creating my own, so I can exhibit my work and continue to grow as an emerging artist.
Liz: I really want to try my hand at pottery. It’s something I’ve never had a go at and have always been slightly put off by getting mucky hands! But this year, I will beat my fear of dirty fingernails.
Daisy: I want to try some of the creative activities we do at Create98 at home with my little one.
Lorraine: I’ll be joining Liz in a pottery class, definitely! I just need to make sure I book it in my busy schedule!

Finally, a big congratulations to Amanda Sones for winning a £98 course voucher – we look forward to seeing you soon.

We all need “me-time”

We all get to January and promise ourselves that we will make that positive change we’ve been thinking about or swear we’ll try that thing we’ve meaning to do for ages. January soon becomes February and these goals have become a distant memory because, more often than not, life just gets in the way!

We all need to get better at having some “me-time!” It’s super important to stay emotionally, mentally and physically healthy (not to mention far more chilled!) “Me-time” can be as simple as sitting down for a quiet coffee on your own, taking time to read a book, or doing something creative.

Schedule some “me-time” before January is over and New Year Resolutions have been and gone! We know we are 🙂




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