Doing it with your own hands has never been so fashionable before. To meet the demand, which has increased since the siege periods, many craftsmen share their experiences by organizing training courses and training within their own workshops. Overview.
Sewing and embroidery, floral art, leatherwork, ceramics, porcelain painting, recycling… “Before, people used to think that ‘you were supposed to show something you made with your own hands, but today it is very fashionable’, Flower temely notes from the workshop’s La Crafterie enchantée. The revival in popularity of creative and craft activities has increased even further since the Covid crisis. Successful modeling courses, Continue flower. I’ve been working in Narbonne since 2016 and my business has been running really well, but the demand from individuals has exploded since the first booking. Mainly women, of all ages, who want to learn about manual activities or improve their skills. I also have an internship request with the aim of professional retraining or setting up companies in the creative field.”
About thirty subscribers follow her sewing lessons on a regular basis. Its eco-friendly factories and workshops have also seen a surge in attendance since last year.
The satisfaction of doing it yourself
“People increasingly want to do things for themselves and be less dependent on a consumer society,” Morell La Moe explains. The craftsman, upholstered by training, has been offering courses for several years in re-upholstering chairs with fabric threads, combining DIY (do-it-yourself) and recycling. And it works. “When Covid arrived, the courses were full, She completes. The reboot is a bit complicated but this is also due to the fact that it takes place over the weekend. These are project exercises, which require complete preparation in the introductory stage. People arrive with their cloth chairs and shuttles and we get straight to the heart of the matter.”
Step by step, Muriel guides them in acquiring and mastering the gesture. “You can’t achieve this result with an online tutorial. Some people have already tried it at home but have had technical issues and need to accompany them. My goal is for them to come home, that they know how to reproduce this technique.” Technique “addictive” warns Morell, the relaxing effect is guaranteed! “Craft is an activity where you are in the present moment. These are moments when people let their worries go. At the end of the course, everyone is zen.”
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Peak can also be found at Maeko, a Japanese florist and concept store downtown, which offers creative workshops on the theme of Japan each week. Plant art, flowers, cooking basics, origami for kids, etc. : “I teach people to use their hands, Director Laure Goldstein confirms. It is a source of energy that allows us to focus and let go of everything around us. In a community whose conquest is digital, virtual, and screen, it is also an opportunity to re-establish the connection with the other. “We’re lacking in connections, especially since Covid. People want to find that.” For children, nothing like “Learn how to focus and direct their energy.” Laure especially appreciates the moments of discussion. “I prefer to limit my workshop to five people to be really present to each of them. Sharing, sending, is the thing that attracts me.”
Bring your workshop to life
Young ceramicist Laurie David, who shares her artistic expertise and brings her workshop to life, has been involved since she moved to Benjamin Crémieux Street last year. “I have a request , She explained. People are curious to get back to basics. It’s a phenomenon that goes along with better eating, short circuit, or even made in France. There is a return to the work of the hand.”. She and her neighbour, who is a jewelry designer, recently joined the online platform Wecandoo, which aims to promote encounters between artisans and individuals around discovery and start-up workshops.
If you’d like to get started, we’ve handpicked some workshop ideas for you to test out in Narbonne (read below).
are you ready? Create!
Enchanted Craftery (2 Benjamin Crémieux Street): Sewing lessons (starting and improving) for teens and adults, every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Creative Club for Teens on Wednesdays … info on www.lacrafterieenchantee.com or on 04 68 65 06 65.
Slave creations (3 Barrie St.): Covering brush training courses are held every month. Next meeting is on the weekend of June 4 and 5. information. And registrations at https://lamuecreations.fr/ or at 06 07 51 60 64.
Maiko (3, rue du 1er Mai): Observe and understand the beauty of flowers and plants through kokedama or ikebana workshops, learn how to beautifully wrap your gifts with furoshiki and mizuhiki art, focus with origami … Information and online reservations at www.maekodesign.fr
Laurie David Studio (3 rue Benjamin Crémieux): The young Narbonne ceramicist is launching her first thematic workshops in June. In the program: making porcelain earrings or breakfast set. Dates and registrations at https://wecandoo.fr/
Carol Shiotasu, a jewelry designer, invites you to her workshop (1 Cabirol Street) to learn about jewelry. Details of the workshops on the Wecandoo platform.
Alexandria workshop (Château Ricardelle, route de Gruissan): Zélie Pech, a leather craftsman, invites you to discover her world through two workshops (creating a leather belt or handbag). Dates and recordings on Wecandoo.
For regular practice, it is also possible to find happiness in the aspect of associations. The MJC It has, for example, sewing workshops (recycling), cardboard (making furniture and things) or even a bobbin lace department. information. on www.mjc-narbonne.fr or on 04 68 32 01 00.
finally, Narbo Creative Club (avenue Général Leclerc) It houses about twenty workshops: sewing, embroidery, patchwork, framing, cartoning, stained glazing, painting on porcelain, pottery, etc. A club that promotes discovery by inviting its 150 members to move from one workshop to another if they so desire. More information at https://narbocreatif.wixsite.com/narbocreatif