Preloved Clothing Market

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We are holding a Preloved Clothing Market on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November with our friends Bare Bazaar, just in time to clear your wardrobes and refresh them ready for the festive season!

The clothing industry is a wasteful one, if you caught Stacey Dooley’s Fashion’s Dirty Secrets on the BBC recently, you’ll know that the cotton manufacturing industry is rife with problems – if you didn’t catch we’d advise checking it out. We are putting on the sale to encourage consumers to move away from buying new ‘fast fashion’ from high street shops and buy preloved instead.

The sale is for preloved clothing (ladies, gents and children’s) – this means good quality clothing with plenty of life left, so if you would no longer wear it yourself, or it’s only suitable for decorating or nightwear, please do not bring it. If items are in poor condition they will put buyers off and we reserve the right to remove them from the Sale. Underwear and nightwear is not accepted unless it still has the original labels.

To register as a seller, just buy a ticket for £3.73 from eventbrite and we will send you the information pack and seller labels to print yourself at home! Then bring the items to us, we will display, them, sell them and give you back 70% of your earnings. The 30% commission and seller registration fees will go to to Bare Bazaar CIC and Craftship Enterprise CIC (made in Ashford), to help us raise more funds for more community events.

You can register to sell here. We have limited space so get in quick!

Half term Activities in Ashford

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It is half term already and we in Ashford town center have you covered for activities!

Mon 22nd Oct

Trick or Treat bag making and decorating 10.15 – 11.45 Made in Ashford with Melissa £7 book here.

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10.30 Halloween Crafts this half term!Foam clay hangers/rock monsters and slime making (for 5+ for that one) and the rest all ages. £15 for 2 activities. At Kippy’s paint your own pottery.

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Craftercise bring your own craft, club weds 10.15 – 11.15 with Melissa £3 All ages welcome if supervised. At Made in Ashford.

Thurs 25th Oct

Halloween Mask Making 10.15 – 11.45 at Made in Ashford with Melissa At Made in Ashford. £7 book here. 

2pm Halloween Crafts this half term!Foam clay hangers/rock monsters and slime making (for 5+ for that one) and the rest all ages. £15 for 2 activities. At Kippy’s paint your own pottery.

Fri 26th Octtiny beegle work

Stare Well Gallery Snowdog artists exhibition 10 – 5 at Made in Ashford FREE. At Made in Ashford.

Re(f)use plastic pollution creative workshop. This week we have a remembrance theme that is kid friendly with Kati and Angharad. 10.15 – 11.15 FREE. All ages. At Made in Ashford.

Big Pink Party. We are hosting a pink party to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. There will be cake, tea/coffee and a raffle with prizes donated from our tenants. 11.30 – 1.30 organised by Angharad. ecobrickAll ages. Free but donations welcome.  At Made in Ashford.

10.30 Halloween Crafts this half term!Foam clay hangers/rock monsters and slime making (for 5+ for that one) and the rest all ages. £15 for 2 activities. At Kippy’s paint your own pottery.

10.30-1.30 Beginners overlocker class with Melissa over at Emporia suitable from 10 years. Learn how to feel confident with your overlocker and create a garment in jersey. £40.

Sat 27th Oct

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Family Halloween themed craftercise. You and your little one can get their craft on and make something super scary together or one each. It is a lovely way to spend time together or you can leave us to it and go for a coffee, it is up to you 10.15 – 11.15. With fully DBS checked Melissa at Made in Ashford £7 pp

Stare Well Gallery Snowdog artists exhibition 10 – 5 at Made in Ashford FREE.

Ashford Spooktacular! 11 – 2.30 FREE trick or treat trail, face painting and street entertainers ashford artist kentin Ashford Upper High Street. more info here.

Crochet lessons with Nicky at Emporia. £35 per person 11 – 1pm.

Kids craft club 2-3.30pm at  Emporia £7.50 with Olivia

Family film club at revelation St. Marys. James and the Giant Peach and Enchanted. 50p per film. More info here.

Sun 28th Oct

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All Week

Celebrate the 3rd birthday of Made in Ashford and Emporia Fabric and Craft’s 5th birthday this week and get 10% off in store when you wish us a Happy Birthday valid until 28th October! (Does not include snow dog merch or workshops at Made in Ashford and only valid on full price fabric at Emporia). We also both have a birthday card colouring and our favourite card will win a £10 Voucher from Made in Ashford (winner to be chosen after the 28th Oct).

Pumpkin Picking every day!

Of course if you haven’t done it yet – The snow dog trail! Just pop in to see us to get a trail map, tick maps, rewards and merchandise!

Visit Sk8side skate park and youth centre by the Stour Centre. FREE.

I am sure there is loads more to do too but this is what I know is happening. Have a great half term everyone.

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Ashford Snowdog Artists gallery launch

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Ashford Snowdog Artists launch an exhibition in the Stare Well Gallery in Made in Ashford

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The snow dogs around Ashford have just been amazing. They are uniting the community, getting people out and about, discovering new parts of the town and getting art out there to a wider audience. We are proud to have had 4 of the snow dog artists be involved in Made in Ashford. Through this connection we started to meet the other artists and they themselves created a lovely bond by being able to share their experiences of bringing their dogs to life. Always curious as we are, we wanted to know what their normal art works looked like on a regular flat (non giant dog shaped) canvas and thought it would be great to bring it all together and show it off for everyone to enjoy.

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Some of the Made in Ashford tenants and Craftship Enterprise CIC board had chatted about using our stairwell as a gallery space. It is open every Friday and Saturday when Bare Bazaar trades from upstairs as well as when we have workshops on. It had already featured some of the tenants work but we thought it would be a perfect, quirky gallery, which of course is so us!

When the decision was made we just picked a date and went for it. We had 10 days! We only had 2 days where we could actually set it up. 10am on Weds 17th overalls on; painting, drilling, hammering and fearing for ones life up a ladder we worked. (It is not until you have to hang pictures on stairs you realise what a daft idea it is to have a gallery on the stairs!) Day 2, we could not get started until about 1pm and we worked fast. Our preview event was at 5pm – 7pm and we finished at 4.59pm. Danielle and I gave each other such an over enthusiastic hi five it really hurt our hands.

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It all went perfectly after that of course and it is now open for your viewing (and hopefully purchasing) pleasure 10 – 5 Friday and Saturday. Please get in touch to book a visit if you cant come in on these days though. 10% of these sales will be donated to the pilgrims hospice.

A massive thank you to Danielle for curating it and designing all the posters for the event (and for the yummy blue cakes). Greg for helping us out getting all the art work up. The artists for wanting to be involved in this. And the whole Made in Ashford team for being totally awesome!

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Exposed Social Entrepreneurs

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A collaborative of local designers and makers that create and sell our products on our High Street in Ashford, we had no idea that we were Social Entrepreneurs until we were exposed!

It is Social Saturday on Sat 13th October which we wouldn’t be celebrating because we didn’t know that we were a social enterprise until a customer/friend from rural kent let us know that we were. But we are celebrating our first social Saturday (thank you friend) because we are a social enterprise!

Made in Ashford currently sells the products of 50 small businesses. It provides an affordable platform to sell on Ashford’s high street but we are more than  just a shop. Our true value to our community is still being realised and I am sure it will continue to evolve.
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Many of our tenants are women, mums particularly. Working a 9-5 around children is not an easy thing and it certainly is expensive to juggle child care. By owning a small, creative business you can choose your hours (and like me right now) work when the kids are in bed! Many of us beaver away at home creating our incredible products but this can be a lonely place. But being part of Made in Ashford has brought together many of us and we have become friends providing a beautiful support network. This really helps those of us with mental health problems (us creatives do have a different way of thinking which makes us susceptible to mental health difficulties). We are a community.

We are the community. Our tenants are local, many Ashfordians but all Kentish. We live here in our town and know it and love it. Contributing to our local economy, being involved in local events, supporting local charities, sharing news, providing space for the community and attending everything we can to help our town. We nurture young creatives with our creation station. Listen to stories from our customers, providing some with companionship. We are trying to make a small impact on the plastic, pollution problem. We try to make our world better.

Pop by this Saturday and support a business that works so hard to support the community. We will also have  free bracelet making, you can also have a chat to us about all of the amazing projects we are working on.For more info about social saturday and how you can get involved check out this link:

https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/socialsaturday

 

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Mixed Media Class

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We are very excited to be offering a brand new class to our workshop here at Made in  Ashford with the local and talented mixed media artist Jennifer Hedley.

You will be shown how to use mixed media including handmade Asian paper, acrylic paints, glitter pens and gold relief to create your own piece of work based on designs and patterns from India.

Thurs 1st Nov 10.15 – 1.15              £35

Thurs 10th Jan 10.15 – 1.15            £35

To book the class click here or pop in store. 

Halloween Half term activities

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Craftercise family craft sessions

Join us in our colourful craft HQ and share in creation with your small people! We will make a different thing each week, developing skills, having fun and spending quality craft time with your special ones (or you can have an hour and a half break, we dont mind).

This session is open to all ages but if you wish to leave your children with our fully DBS checked craftercise coordinator Melissa then we ask that they are 5+. We have limited space so please make sure you book in advance.

We will be doing the following crafts at the sessions:

Halloween trick or treat bag

Mon 22nd Oct 10.15 – 11.45               £7

Halloween mask making

Mon 22nd Oct 10.15 – 11.45               £7

 

Book tickets here. 

American Barnwood sign making workshop

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If you are a Pinterest addict, you will know that rustic barnwood signs are all the rage in American interior décor!
Join Craftship Enterprise’s resident American and learn how to create a completely personalised barn sign of your very own. All wood and supplies are provided and Alisa will get in touch with you ahead of time to find out more about the type of sign you want to paint. The workshop lasts for two hours and includes tea/coffee and very possibly a yummy treat from Alisa’s grandmother’s midwestern cookbook.
Where possible, wood is reclaimed from a local source.
The theme for this workshop is Halloween but if you’d like to do something else – no problem! You can discuss it with Alisa ahead of the workshop. For inspiration, see Alisa’s Pinterest Board dedicated to Barnwood Signs at https://pin.it/tmtpx2busjg5ix
Workshop Cost is £28 book online or in store.

Get tickets here.

 

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Craftercise

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Craftercise DIY Sessions:

Could you do with shedding a few pounds … of fabric?

Do you need help getting (your knitting) back in shape?

Join our gym and we gaurentee to give you a good stitch! Meet like minded craft addicts at our craft club and get on with all of those projects that you just dont seem to have time for. Take a break from your day and join our crafty, colourful world!

Bring your own craft. Tea, coffee and snacks included. £3 per session. Every Weds 10.15 – 11.15.

Book tickets here or in store

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Craftercise Family craft workout

Craftercise family craft sessions

Join us in our colourful craft HQ and share in creation with your small people! We will make a different thing each week, developing skills, having fun and spending quality craft time with your special ones (or you can have an hour and a half break, we dont mind).

This session is open to all ages but if you wish to leave your children with our fully DBS checked craftercise coordinator Melissa then we ask that they are 5+. We have limited space so please make sure you book in advance.

We will be doing the following crafts at the sessions:
6th Oct – Lavender bag making

13th Oct – Bracelet making

20th – Felt decorations

27th – Halloween theme

3rd Nov – Firework/sparkler craft

10th – Remembrance craft

17th – Twig weaving

25th – Make your own advent calendar

Click here to book.

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Clothes swapping party

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Friday 5th October 5.30 – 7.30                £5

Fancy refreshing your wardrobe whilst helping the environment? We have teamed up with Bare Bazaar to bring you a clothes swapping party. There will be snacks, refreshments, bracelet making, clothes swapping, 10% off made in Ashford products and more!

Here at the instructions:
1. Gather up your unwanted clothes – clean, good quality clothes and accessories with plenty of life left in them only please
2. Bring them along, we’ll stick them on a rail, then come along, try some stuff on and take it home.
3. Meet people, have a laugh, feel good about your unwanted clothes finding new homes instead of going to landfill, while you take home a new-to-you bag of swag.
Don’t have any clothes to donate? – no matter, come along anyway and just pop an extra donation into the pot!

Tickets are £5 each which includes refreshments. Proceeds will go to the Bare Bazaar and Craftship Enterprise CICs. Buy a ticket through EventBrite (link below) or get your name in the list in store at Made in Ashford.

Book your tickets here!

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Re(f)use plastic project

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Re(f)use plastic project

Friday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th October 10.15 – 11.15 FREE

For more info click here.

It is national recycle week which got us thinking about our individual plastic consumption. So we teamed up with the Bare Bazaar and Ashford Borough Council to offer a series of free sessions working on a piece of public art created by us from a weeks worth of our plastic waste whilst learning about the impact plastic has on the environment.

What we want from you is for you to save up 1 weeks worth of your plastic waste (after it has had a rinse) and for you to come on down with your rubbish to Made in Ashford on the 5th October at 10.15 – 11.15 and to continue to come on further Fridays to continue the project. All creative skill levels welcome!

Book your place here!

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