Rachael Wayne likes to knit, sew, stick, glue, cut paint… so long as it is arty she loves it, she says.
Which is why the former primary school teacher is the perfect person to have set up a new creative space in Belper where she hopes “creativity will come alive for everyone”.
She moved to Belper 15 years ago and has been teaching at a primary school in the town for the last ten.
“As a teacher, I always took with me my love of art, design and craft but I wanted to devote all my time to the subject so last year I started planning this business – Creartii – and finally left school in July,” she explained.
Rachael, 40, found a beautiful old building, which is part of the Strutt estate, in the centre of the town and has filled it with all manner of crafting materials many of which she has sourced from the Play and Recycling Centre, a charity in Werburgh Street Derby.
Recycling is another of her passions and she proudly shows off her studio aprons that she has created from old pairs of jeans. Ingenious (I couldn’t help that little joke).
Now the space is all set up she is offering after school art clubs, children’s parties, a Wednesday night craft club for everyone, Knit and Natter sessions and a rolling programme of workshops.
For example you can join a Christmas Scandinavian Craft Day on December 16 and there is a family art morning to print festive cards and gift tags with award-winning print maker Duncan Pass on December 17.
The studio spaces are also available for artists who would like to run their own workshops so Rachael would love to hear from anyone who has been searching for the perfect space to get arty.
“This project has been a bit of a lifestyle choice for me but I am so glad I decided to give up teaching in schools and do something for myself. I am just loving what I am doing,” she said.
Creartii art studio can be found at 17 Green Lane, Belper. Go to http://www.creartii.co.uk for more details.