Get to know our LAT Artists: Lauren Stranks

We are so excited that Create98 is an official venue in the Leigh Art Trail this year. Plus we have not one, but two, fantastic artists exhibiting their work here. Here are a few words from embroiderer, Lauren Stranks.

The Little Leigh Stitchery is my first entry into the Art Trail. The collection of hand-embroidered familiar views and local buildings is the result of taking time to slowly and carefully capture the detail of the everyday. I try to capture the fine detail of the familiar, using needle and thread like pen or paint. 
Since specialising in photography at art college, my career has focused mainly on architecture and conservation. A brief stint as a milliner’s apprentice encouraged me to explore the world of slow, traditional hand-crafting, and I am self-taught in sewing, embroidery and weaving.
I love combining my knowledge and appreciation of architecture with traditional craft skills, and approach embroidery hoops in the same way I fill sketchbooks – preferring a sketchy, illustrative approach over traditional embroidery techniques. 

Leigh Art Trail will run from Saturday 8th June to Saturday 15th June. 
Private View: Friday 7th June 7-9pm
Meet the Artists: Sunday 9th June 2-4pm
Late night opening: Thursday 13th June until 9pm

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What People Say…

“Lovely place with friendly staff. I was amazed at how good my painting turned out!”

Bex Harper -

“Great idea. Wonderful workshops to do something different . Already booked up six workshops for next three months.😀”

Alison Pollard -

“Thoroughly enjoyed the 'Celebrating Chelsea' flower school special today, helping to create the floral installation outside the shop, together with other designs internally. Christine and her team were relaxed and helpful as were the other participants. Will be returning regularly to experience other creative courses. Thank you Create 98.”

Patsy Wiggins -

“Wanted to thank you, your team and Mark for an absolutely brilliant afternoon/evening. Everything was perfect, from the life drawing lesson to the fabulous vegan supper, eaten off of a stunningly beautifully decorated table. A lovely time had by all.”

Karen Baker - Private Party Host

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the flower morning on Saturday. Thank you. You have created an amazing space for a real mix of activities.”

Zena Coleman -

“I just love everything about the place! From the friendliness that immediately puts you at ease, the excellent equipment/tools for the course, the generosity of the host when prosecco is included! I really enjoy anytime I spend there.”


“Great teacher! Thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you again xxx”

AC Millbank -

“My son is loving the A to Z classes. As a parent it is wo derful seeing his new creations after each session. A fantastic opportunity for budding artists”

Kate Williams -

“Great idea. Wonderful workshops to do something different . Already booked up six workshops for next three months.?”

Alison Pollard - Workshop participant

“EVERYTHING is spot on. This is the most fantastic place and I cannot wait to book in for more events. You really have nailed it with the content, the staff, the venue, the refreshments. Thankyou!”

Maddie - Benfleet