TOAST launches creative residency
Words TAMSIN BLANCHARD
Photographs Alexandra Dudley & Christine Lewis
Inspired by their spring/summer collection (titled The Unknown Path) TOAST has gathered together some of its friends and collaborators to share their experience, knowledge and craft know-how.
If there is one retail experience you’d actually want to come to life as a physical experience, your own real life in fact, it’s that of TOAST. If you are one of the many who have spent years drooling over the locations in their brochures and photographic shoots, or stroking the organic ticking bedlinen in their shops, you’ve probably already signed up for their first creative residency, a three-day programme of workshops and activities designed to inspire you to try something new and tred the ‘unknown path’ to unlock your creative potential and take you on a journey to somewhere new and wonderful.
The three-day event includes Natural Dyeing and Potting with Christine Lewis, a botanical dyer and maker who started her experiments in dyeing after reading an article which inspired her to make her own dye pot using carrot tops in 2012. A hobby has become a way of life. Textile designer Georgia Dorey will be sharing her expertise in block printing. Sue Lawty will host a weaving workshop and will no doubt be happy to share her experiences as Textiles Resident at the V&A and her long and varied career as a leading practitioner in the world of textile experimentation and innovation. There will also be an intriguing canape and ‘tablescape’ class with supper club host Alexandra Dudley. Dudley’s book Land and Sea; secrets to simple, sustainable sensational food is a good starting point for this accomplished dinner party expert and advocate.
Other workshops include creative writing with Elaine Kingett who runs popular creative and journal writing retreats, and a kombucha and fermented food workshop with Raw Duck.
And finally, there will be TOAST’s resident repairs and alterations expert Molly Martin who will be able to share easy tips on making your clothes last longer, ways to repair them, how to darn beautifully and what to do with those pesky moth holes. That really could be life-changing.
‘The Unknown Path’ is on this Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 4th – Monday 6th May) with food supplied by The Little Cooking Pot and reading material from TOAST’s book clubs.
Tickets available to book for individual workshops, with 15% donated to the charity Creative Society. Places are limited.