Sandra Togher - Drawing & Painting \ Life Drawing \ Drawing and Illustration
Sandra Togher has a real passion for drawing and painting, with her specialism focusing fashion illustration. Having worked in the fashion industry in the early part of her career, Sandra went on to become a secondary school teacher, teaching art upto ‘a’ level standard. Sandra now owns the Bowery and as well as teaching courses to adults and children she also curates the exhibition space for the upstairs gallery and sources designer/makers and artists to sell their work in the retail shop.
Kirstie Williams - Printing
Kirstie Williams is a Leeds based designer, maker, screen printer and creative workshop tutor. She studied for an ma in textile design at Chelsea College of Art where she specialised in natural dyeing and printing methods. Sustainability plays a strong role in her design process and she explores slow design philosophies through making, emphasising slowness in the creation and consumption of products to instil quality and foster tradition.
Agnis Samllwood - Weaving
Agnis Smallwood is a Designer Maker Educator. She specialises in constructed textiles namely weaving. Agnis loves to facilitate spaces which enable others to experience and enjoy traditional craft techniques and skills for themselves through making.
Alongside teaching Agnis designs and hand weaves her own range of products for home interiors as well as wearable accessories from her studio in Leeds.
Agnis has a degree in Contemporary Applied Arts and is currently in her final year studying for her MA in Artist Teacher and Contemporary Practices at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Katy Kelly - Singing
Katy Kelly studied for her graduate performance diploma in Opera at the Boston Conservatory, and for her mmus in performance from the conservatory of music and drama in Dublin under Anne Marie O’Sullivan. She qualified as a regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera New England National Council Awards (USA) in 2011, and has won many prizes for her singing in Europe, including the iaws John Mccormack bursary. Katy has represented Ireland in many premier European competitions including the 2010 Belvedere International Singing Competition (Vienna), the IVC (Holland), and the Stuart Burrows (Wales), for which she received the runners up prize. In March 2010 she performed in Carnegie Hall with the Thomas Moore Festival, and she is a regular performer at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Ania Fierek - Re Upholstery
Ania Fierek has many years of experience in the vintage furniture and antiques trade and has a passion for recycling and renewing old furniture. She uses modern upholstery techniques alongside chalk paint combined with different finishes and waxes to achieve a fresh look for old and tired furniture. Ania has a fine arts degree from Oxford Brookes University and she also runs her own business, details can be found at www.lillianroseinteriors.co.uk or on facebook at Lillian Rose Interiors.
Sandra Togher - Sewing \ Pattern Cutting
As a graduate in fashion and textiles Sandra Togher’s first role was as a garment technologist gaining technical experience of how to fit and grade garments and manipulate patterns. From here, Sandra went on to work as a designer for uk and international manufacturing companies supplying garments to high street retailers. Sandra also has a vast amount of teaching experience both as a trained secondary school teacher and providing workshops all over the country.
Jonathan Turner - Digital Photography
Jonathan turner is a leeds based social documentary photographer whose work is about people and the worlds they inhabit; their work, home lives, relationships and pastimes. His work has been exhibited widely, including a recent commission; ‘family matters’, for the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, forming part of a tate britain touring show about the family in British Art. Other work includes ‘tribute’ – a documentation of tribute artists, and re-enactor, a series of portraits of historical re-enactment groups.
Clare Sita Fisher - Write Headingley
Clare Sita Fisher is a writer. Her debut novel, All the Good Things, will be published by Viking, Penguin UK in 2017, followed shortly by her debut short story collection, How the Light Gets In. An Award-winning short story writer, Clare has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, and has taken part in a variety of creative residencies and collaborative projects. She has taught creative writing to both adults and young people in broad range of settings and loves sharing her passion for all things writing-related. Born in London in 1987, she is now based in Leeds.
Glynis Charlton - Writing Workout
Glynis Charlton has been running workshops across Yorkshire for many years, including the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Bronte Parsonage. She writes mostly prose, and has been published in print and on screen. Her friendly, supportive fiction workshops will help you to develop believable characters, interesting settings, and convincing dialogue.