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Gab Hatter: A Bath College Love2Learn Success Story

 

On Thursday 28th February, Bath College hosted a Wedding Fayre allowing local exhibitors to showcase their wedding accessories, services and stationery. Exhibitors from all over Bath and the surrounding areas came down to showcase the amazing things they offered.

 

Alongside many other exhibitors, Gwenda Bryce, founder of Gab Hatter, attended with a large collection of her hand made wedding hats and fascinators. Gwenda has a very unique relationship with Bath College and we caught up with her to ask her about her journey into Millinery.

 

Gwenda told us that she attends the Ascot Horse Races every single year, and she would always dream of making her own hat to take along with her. Originally from Edinburgh, she found a millinery course to attend there and decided to bite the bullet and attend it. However, at the last minute she decided to look locally and saw that Bath College were offering a Love2Learn leisure course in Millinery. She enrolled on to this course and loved it; so much in fact, she decided to continue studying and enrolled onto more Love2Learn leisure courses, doing 18 months of millinery work on an evening course.

 

Gwenda then went on to train at The British School of Millinery and has also had the opportunity to work with top milliners, such as Bridget Bailey, Ani Townsend and Jane Taylor (whose hats have been worn by members of the Royal family, including The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie).

 

Gwenda then started her own business and operates out of her home in Bath. She makes bespoke hats to order, and also has a huge collection of unique hats she has created in her free time. Her business is called Gab Hatter, Gab being her initials and also a likeness to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

 

Gwenda absolutely loves what she does and this is apparent when you speak to her. She’s now looking into expanding her skillset into working with leather, and likes to look around her for inspiration for her hats. It’s always fantastic to see our learners achieve great things after their time at College and we couldn’t be more proud that Gwenda is now doing what she loves as a business, what an incredible achievement!

 

Have a look at our Love2Learn Leisure courses to see what you can learn, you never know, you might find your dream business venture just like Gwenda!

 

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Try Pictorial Quilt Making this New Year

 

In the new year Bath College will be bringing you a brand new leisure course, Pictorial Quilting. This will be led by Penny Leaver Green, professional textile artist and Love2learn student herself. Penny is a graduate of Leamington Spa and Exeter University and currently works from her studio in Bristol as a professional textile artist and freelance interior design consultant.

 

We caught up with Penny to ask about the new course and what it entails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a pictorial quilt?

Over the past 10 years I have developed a method of quilt- making called ‘pictorial quilting‘. This is a simple but effective form of quilt-making which allows the maker to explore a theme or idea within individual squares and then work on the quilt topper as a whole. It is a is a non-traditional technique which allows for freedom of expression and personal creativity and can be as simple or sophisticated as the maker wishes. The essence lies in illustrating moments, ideas or objects through stitch and fabric to create a personal and individual piece of work.

Pictorial quilts can be made to celebrate a birthday, marriage or christening, explore a personal story or journey, investigate a favourite subject matter e.g. birds, or flowers, an event in family history; or just reflect this moment in time.

 

How did you develop the technique?

While my children were young, I felt compelled to make work for their bedrooms. This was, perhaps, the motivation to become a full time textile artist. At the time I made a few quilts for them based on nursery rhymes. Over the years I have periodically returned to making quilts on a variety of themes, from exploring native British birds as an A-Z quilt, to a very personal quilt made during a transition period in my family’s life. I have also undertaken private quilt commissions.

 

What can students expect to gain from the course?

Students will leave the course with their own small quilt and the techniques required to continue to make pictorial quilts at their leisure. They will have explored blackwork, appliqué, ribbon work, free machine embroidery and the skills required to design and stitch the quilt.

 

Do you need any prior skills?

Students need to be able to use a sewing machine and to hand stitch at a basic level.

 

If you would like to sign up, you can find the course here.

You can follow Penny’s work online and on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Until December 21st 2018 you can get 5% off all Leisure Courses with code MINCEPIE5, perfect for trying something new in the New Year!

 

 

Catherine Roberts, Printmaker at work

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Love2Learn Printmaking student’s work in prestigious London exhibition

 

Bath College Printmaking student, Catherine Roberts, has been selected to have her work displayed at the National Original Print Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London.
 

The National Original Print Exhibition, established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), is an international open submission competition celebrating the best of contemporary printmaking.
 
Catherine’s piece ‘After Käthe’ is one of three prints she made that got through the competition to appear in the exhibition.
 
After Käthe

Catherine’s work is usually abstract this piece is inspired by Käthe Kollwitz, a German Expressionist artist best known for her print, the Weavers.
 
Catherine has taken the Love2Learn printmaking course for the last three years following her Fine Art degree.
 
She said: “I wouldn’t have been able to create this work without the Printmaking course at Bath College.
 
“The teaching staff are knowledgeable and really helpful and there is a great atmosphere.
 
“Despite not living locally, I keep coming back for the course from Swindon as the facilities at the college are excellent.”
 
‘After Käthe’ is on display on display at the National Original Print Exhibition until 30th September. Catherine hopes to have her work on display next year’s exhibition.
  
For more details about the Printmaking course, click here.

Brides and Wedding Beetle outside Bath College

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Bath College holds crafty Wedding Fair for DIY Brides and Grooms

Bath College opened its doors to brides-and-grooms-to-be looking to add their own personal stamp on their wedding day.

 

The Wedding Fair had a wide range of local exhibitors, as well as information on evening/Saturday courses in crafts that would be perfect for adding a DIY element to visitors’ upcoming weddings.
 
The College offers part-time Love2Learn leisure courses in floristry, cake decoration, photography, graphic design, pattern cutting, jewellery, make-up artistry, video editing, threading, nail art and millinery, all of which generated a lot of interest.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal, with bridesmaidLaurel Penrose, Principal, opened the inaugural Wedding Fair with a ceremonial cutting of a ribbon. She was delighted to be presented a beautiful bouquet, prepared by floristry students, by a young girl in a bridesmaid dress from Solitaire Brides.
 
Attendees were wowed as they approached the College with Fizzbox bar, a converted horsebox, outside the doors, as well as a beautiful vintage VW Beetle from Lovebug Wedding Cars.
 
Other exhibitors included The Cake Architect, Boo Delicious Sweet Cart, Paul Gillis Photography, Bath Bridal Hair, Bunting by Jen, Clayzer Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Suave Owl Menswear, Bath Function Rooms and more.
 
The College were delighted to hold their first Wedding Fair and are already planning the next one, which will be early 2019.
 

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Love2Learn ‘Take Part’ Exhibition showcases Bath College student talent

Last week Bath College held an exhibition showcasing a wealth of talent from part-time leisure course Love2Learn students.
 
The work exhibited was from a wide range of disciplines including: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture and many more.
 

The exhibition ran for four days, with a grand opening evening at which students were presented awards by The Mayor of Bath and the Deputy Principal of the College. The award categories were Fine Art, Design Crafts, 3D, 2D, Design/Photography and Student of the Year.
 
Jayne Davis, Deputy Principal said: “The College is very proud of all its learners including Love2Learn and the Take Part show is an excellent example of why it is important to the College to show off learner work to the wider community.
 
“The annual show is a clear demonstration of learners’ commitment and creativity as well as local talent. Thanks and congratulations go to all learners and staff who worked hard to put such a high quality show together.”
 
The calibre of the pieces was extremely high, leading to visitors purchasing much of the work displayed.
 
Maureen Hosier won the Student of the Year award. Stephen Handley, the course leader described why she won: “Maureen has a dedication and enthusiasm which is contagious both for tutors and fellow students. Her work always has a glimpse of humour and we never detect the hard work; so effortless is the result.
 
“She works with scrap metal but moreover a great student or Artist is the one who inspires others to go explore alternative or new disciplines to see or think in a different way.
 
“This is an Artist. She is an Artist.”
  
Award Categories and winners
Fine Art Prize – Eve Davis (Life Painting)
Design Crafts Prize – Beatrice Varna (Glass)
3D Prize – Julie Watt (Ceramics)
2D Prize – Bernadette Burt (Printed Textiles)
Design/Photography Prize – Victoria Mazurek
Student of the Year – Maureen Hosier (Sculpture and Sculpting in Metal)
 
The next exhibition will be held in Spring 2019.
 
If you would like some more information about our Love2Learn courses click here
 

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Love2Learn Part-time leisure course students to showcase their work in exciting exhibition

Bath College Love2Learn students are holding an exhibition to showcase the work they have created during their part-time leisure courses.

 

College students told us that they wanted fun short courses they can do with friends, courses to learn ‘what they’ve always wanted to do’, as well as courses to help them with life and work. With this in mind, Bath College created a range of Love2Learn courses.
 
The show will exhibit work from a wide range of the disciplines on offer including: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture and many more.
 
The art work will also be available to purchase from the gallery space.
 
The show is running from Wednesday 11th April to Saturday 14th April, 10am-4pm at 44ad Artspace, 4 Abbey St, Bath, and is exhibiting some work from some very talented students.
 
If you would like more information about Love2Learn courses click here.
 
Photograph by Michal Wegrzyn, Ceramic art by Clare Hubble
 

Annual Love2learn exhibition @44AD Art Gallery

 

A four-day exhibition at 44AD Art Gallery will showcase the creative talents of students studying part-time Love2learn courses at Bath College.

Work at the exhibition will include fine art paintings, photographs, jewellery, prints, ceramics and sculptures. Work at the exhibition will be on sale, giving people an opportunity to purchase original works from emerging and established artists.

An open evening will take place on Friday March 31st from 6pm to 8pm and all are welcome.

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