Thanks for popping in. It’s a winter wonderland here in the southeast. Bit of chaos on the roads as always too. Dave had a time of it trying to navigate the company van through Kent early this morning, but he’s a good driver. I think he was glad to get back behind the wheel of his 4-wheel drive truck though!
As for me, I’m on drawing duty, editing duty and general planning duty. And now I’m feeling brighter and more switched on, I’m also looking ahead – not only to the up and coming TV shows, but also our own Clarity Events. So this blog is about the bigger picture events, the Open Day Festival, the retreats etc.
We have attracted a lot of new customers since Hochanda acquired Create & Craft, and they may not be aware that we have these special occasion events.
First up, it’s the Open Days Festival.
I mentioned yesterday that this year’s Open Day festivities in June are being planned already. Now we have made the tickets available online, so I hope you can come and join in the fun. It’s a real celebration of all things Clarity. We take over a huge hall in Ditton near Maidstone for 2 days. Massive carpark, easy to find, great facilities, kitchen for making sandwiches and refreshments – perfect for us. Then we fill it. With some of the best art and craft demonstrators in the business. They show you tricks and techniques all day every day. This year we’ve already got Leonie Pujol, Eileen Godwin and Sam Crowe headlining on the stamps, ink and mixed media front. Tina Cox and Jane Telford are confirmed on the Groovi parchment side, Glynis Whitehead is manning the snip clinic. Hazel Edwards is leaping into action with her Groovi Make n Takes, and Sonia Goodliff and Tina Morris are running the stamping Make n Takes together. Paul’s in charge of the Fresh cut Die and Paper demos – and we’re still waiting on confirmation from others. I may even sneak in a cheeky demo or two myself! Thing is, I just love talking and mingling and catching up with friends – old and new.
I shall be hopping about, giving away loads of excellent raffle prizes on the hour every hour. And that’s what your entry ticket buys you: not only a superb day spent with like minded people, but a raffle ticket for the whole day too!
Of course, we set out a huge shop all around the outside, with loads of wonderful artboards, which you can look at and take pictures of. Dave is heads down at the till, always smiling, always chatting.
Yes, all in all, a great couple of days – that biggest event in our Clarity Calendar. People come from all over the country. They stay in local hotels and make a mini holiday of it. They hook up with Facebook friends, with SHAC mates. Over the years I have watched true and lasting friendships be born at these events. It is quite something.
Clarity Open Days in Ditton (near Maidstone, Kent)
Available HERE £8 per day (club discount does not apply)
Next on the agenda are our Ditton Summer Retreats
Every year for many many years now, I have run 2-day workshops in the summer. We also use the Ditton Community Centre, because as I say, the facilities are excellent, and the staff there are just lovely. Usually we do 3 blocks of 2 days, but this year, given my health, I have reduced it to 2 blocks. I’m sure you understand.
Two days of just immersing yourself in ink, stamping, stencils, a Groovi session – just being arty with like-minded people. I run the workshop, and my dear friend Paul helps me.
8th & 9th August – SOLD OUT
10th & 11 August – Available HERE £220 (less club discount)
Finally to round of the year off, our annual Parchment Retreat at the Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells
This year Tina Cox and I will be hosting the event together, with our helpers Paul and Hazel. The theme will be Colour and Composition. You know when you see Tina’s work the first thing that you think is “How does she layer up her art?! And know how does she work out which parts to colour and expose?!?” Well, that’s what we‘re going to work on. It will be excellent. It always is. And again, this year, instead of two 2-day sessions, we are just doing one. Travelling gently, and all that.
Available HERE £250 (less club discount)
You can either book online HERE or give Jeannine a call and she will take your booking for you. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8am until 4.30pm – 01732 868215
So there you go. That’s looking ahead, across the Clarity Calendar.
If you have been to the Open Days, why not tell us how you found the experience below? We strive to ensure that it is a kind, generous and FEEL GOOD experience for our guests.
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