Farewell to Heydays

After ten years of teaching as part of Heydays at Leeds Playhouse I said goodbye to everyone at the end of term celebration this week. The time felt right for me step down and see what other opportunities the future has in store. I will miss everyone so much, as one of my participants pointed out I’ve been at Heydays for almost a quarter of my life! I was treated to some lovely presents too which was so thoughtful.

Working with Leeds Playhouse has been such a fun experience, I’ve met amazing people and run a huge array of courses from stitched landscapes to protest banners, turning up each week with my suitcase of craft materials and seeing what people wanted to create. We’ve shared stories and laughs, I remember a conversation about why people think Benedict Cumberbatch is sexy but there are so many more that I’ll keep with me too.

For my last term it felt apt that we made stitched memory books, creating them from fabric scraps, photographs and trimmings. Lesley, who I’ve been teaching for years, created a book jam packed with stitching and collected objects. I love her maximalist style. There were also books about cats, people’s travels and family stories.

You can see more images of my work with Leeds Playhouse in my portfolio

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who I’ve worked with and taught over the last ten years xx