The plan will be to gather at the boat, to shake off the grime and pace of the city, meet Claire and the other participants on the course. We will spend the first quarter of the session taking a tour of a narrowboat, learn about the history of the canals, self sufficiency and experience the curious world I have created. Answering questions in a treasure hunt format. Prizes for the winners. Then I will conduct a drawing class encouraging everyone to draw inventions, nutty contraptions, combining art and science to create things that we didn't know to be possible. We will have a morning or afternoon tea break with some homemade produce or goods from the nearby bakery boat depending on location. We will complete the time with a craft session, this will involve making a model which guests can take away. Subject of the model with be dependent upon what guests deem to be their skill level, age or preference. This is a unique activity to experience a narrowboat if you have or haven't been on one before, have fun learning and drawing and have something to take home as a souvenir of your trip. I love sharing my space, my passion with like-minded people, so would be delighted for you to join my sessions We aim to finish at 1pm.
Claire’s unwavering belief in keeping things simple, prising joy from times gone by, peace, solitude and self sufficiency, things well made, the way they used to be - the way they should be. So she has set up craft workshops on her narrow boat allowing guests to make something they can take home and ‘keep’ as a souvenir of their time in her curious yet cosy little environment. My mission is enjoy the simple things in life: to bring back the basics, enjoy the tactile and the imagination, which in turn brings character and the pleasure of hand crafting back into our lives. Claire lovingly labours over her illustrations and especially enjoys drawing a lot of dogs. Come and enjoy time with her along the river with no regimented timings, just a craftsman’s flair and a passion for what you are doing.
Guests will have the chance to visit a narrow boat and learn more about it's entire workings as well as life on the river
Crafts along the canal