A NEW and exciting festival is aiming to make Oswestry creative again.
Oswestry Makes! will bring a selection of exciting workshops and exhibitions to the town over eight days from October 12 to 19.
It already has the backing of several town centre shops and businesses, with a frenzy of events teaching how to make everything from crochet handbags, tattoo mittens, curtains, funky granny squares and felt art.
Co-organiser, Isabelle Waine, said the idea “grew organically” from herself, staff at Oswestry Library and Gemma Bentley, from Gemmipops Design, and has its roots in Oswestry’s wool manufacturing history.
She continued: “It doesn’t exclude anyone.
“There are so many people out there with talents that should be shared and so many other people who would like to get involved and learn.”
Launching the festival will be a children’s weaving event at the Willow Gallery and Granny Square crochet at Gemmipops Design in the Powis Market Hall, while other events include a Textile Taster evening at Oswestry Library with the opportunity to try everything from silk painting to spinning, and the festival wraps up by joining forces with the Oswestry Apple Day with an exhibition of apple art in the library, and activities, taster sessions and storytelling.
“We were searching for a way to bring together artists, craftspeople and folk who want to learn how to make things from a scarf up to a patchwork quilt and where everybody could have a go and learn something new and Oswestry Makes was the result,” added Debbie Marais, manager of Oswestry Library.
The organisers say they hope that this year’s event will be good enough to allow the festival to grow as the year’s progress, with the plans to make something different each year.
n For more information visit www.facebook.com/OswestryMakes The Best of Oswestry website and look out for posters and leaflets around the town.