Monday, 26 March 2012

Calling all clubs.......

When I first started out in miniatures, over 25 years ago, I was a founder member and organiser of what began as a club of just 3 members..... Kent Miniaturists.  When I finally stepped down after 10 years it was a thriving club with members from all over the county and beyond, and I'm happy to say it's still going strong.

As well as fulfilling the role of club secretary, newsletter editor (and printer!) I also devised and ran many of the club workshops, which over the years became ever more inventive and challenging.  Skills levels among the members increased rapidly, and we thought nothing of trying our hand at silversmithing, woodworking, miniature painting, upholstered furniture, 1/144th scale doll's houses (fully furnished) and much more besides. 

Moreover, at the end of each session, we had created a miniature which we were proud to add to our collection, rather than something which might end up in the bin!

Then as Tower House Dolls developed, and I was teaching workshops and courses in miniature dollmaking, I regularly visited miniatures clubs all over the South East, to teach one day workshops.

As a result, I'm well aware of the difficulties faced by clubs in attracting affordable tutors who can offer innovative, inspiring and challenging but achievable projects for club workshops.

Nowadays, the limitations of my MS have curtailed much of my 'in person' teaching, but through the medium of the video tutorials which accompany our  Kit of the Month home workshop packs I have been able to develop a style of 'distance' teaching, which works very well.

So if you are a club member or organiser, looking for ideas for workshop sessions, why not contact us for details of our special club tutorial packs which can be tailored to your needs.  
We have already designed projects for several clubs in the UK as well as abroad, including a group in Switzerland and the US.

We offer a bespoke, tailored service for clubs which includes the following:

  • Individual kit packs for each club member which contain everything needed to complete the chosen project plus fully-illustrated step by step instruction booklet
  • Leader's pack with annotated notes to accompany instruction booklet, plus pack of assorted spare materials
  • Example of the finished project
  • Link to video tutorial which members can access prior to the workshop session
  • Memory stick pre-loaded with the video tutorial which can be used on a laptop during the session.
  • Comprehensive tools list for members. 
Our club packs can be tailored to a specific budget, the skills level of members, or to the time you have available..... anything from a few hours to a full-day session.

So, whether your club is in the UK, further afield, or even on the other side of the world,  simply contact us for more details or to discuss your requirements.  


Debbie said...

Great idea Sandra..

Sandra Morris said...

Thanks Debbie.... feel free to 'share' ;-)