Author Archives: jax

National play day , willow dragonfly’s

Its national play day tomorrow I am making willow dragonflys with children and familys at Holly Hill Countryside Park as part of the fun countryside day that Fareham Borough Council is running, there is also going to be making dens and camp fires definitely my kind of thing to be involved in makes me wish I was a kid again :-)

Time still left to book spaces on my face painting workshop next Monday

Hi just a quick reminder that there are still a few places left on the introduction to facepainting workshop next Monday at Hobby craft Southampton, with only  a week or two to go before the start of the summer holidays here is the ideal opportunity to learn a new skill. At only £25 per person its a real bargain.

Facepaintingpicture of face ppainting student

Opportunity to get involved creating fantasy heads for southampton heart of the art

I am going to be creating some fantasy themed dragons, unicorns gargoyles heads made willow and paper to be hung in the The Chamber of Arts HeArt of Heritage Exhibition in September. If you would like to get involved and give me a hand I am open to new ideas. I will be making my creatures in my workspace at Dukes Keep which is on the same floor as the Chamber of the Arts space.

I will be there on a Thursday or a Friday from now on depending when I am free so if you want to get involved send me a message

via my facebook page “jaxs from jaxsarts and designs” or  email me at

Rag rug workshop in carehomes

I am really looking forward to tomorrow.  As part of the Care Homes National open day where care homes accross the country will be inviting visitors through there doors. I have been invited to create a large rag rug picture to go on the wall at the Fair Haven Care Home in Southampton.

Residents, staff and visitors on the day will be contributing to the art work which once completed will be hung in the reception as a reminder and a welcome to visitors as they walk in the door.

For more information

Toton and Eling Arts Festival, May Bank HolidayEnviromental Rock and May half term activites

If your looking for things to do over the Bank holiday why not come and join me at the Totton & Eling Arts Festival  at Hanger Farm Arts Centre tomorrow ,running from 11am to 5pm providing taster workshops making stencils, no sew bunting and thave a go at face painting ,    there’s lots of things to do with lots of  entertainment   Totton & Eling Arts Festival

On Monday I am over at the Hobbit Pub providing have a fg making dream catchers, poi and ribbon sticks  , Southampton  Environmental Rock fundraiser running from 12pm – 6pm it promised to be a great event £1 entry per person, or £2 per family (kids have free entry).

If your looking for family friendly craft activities over half term then visit my  families workshop page to find out about the mermaid workshop at Fareham Ashcroft Centre and Dart Centre Hedge End Eastleigh Southampton

The 1st of several craft workshops for home educated children

I have just spent a lovely morning with a group of families who home educate their children , always a pleasure.   I had originally been asked to provide a workshop for children aged 9 -12 years however the familes asked if I could provide a activity that would also accommodate there younger children so the activity needed to also be easy enough for children as young as 4 to be able to complete the activity with their parents assistance as well as being challenging enough for the older children. It didnt make much to adapt the session to suite and as I am always keen to create items from materials that we would normally throw away I wanted to create a activity that could wouldn’t cost very much.

So together we made paper bead making, bracelets and necklaces  and plastic tube chokers and bracelets suited everyone’s needs including the adults. The older children were a little reserved in the beginning thinking that it was a activity aimed at their younger siblings, however they soon joined in when they realized that there were more challenges.


The There and Here ASPEX Gallery exhibition is now open for business

If you are anywhere near Portsmouth Hampshire that you might want to pop into the ASPEX Art Gallery current exhibition
where you will see “My Journey” series on display

Papercutting workshop

As  the Ashcroft Art Centre has asked me to provide a paper cutting valentines workshop for them at the end of the month, I thought that it would be good to share some of the useful paper cutting pages that I like, it is odd how things come around over the years. In the past I have created many stencils  to jazz up fabric and create individual designs, and to personalize walls, furniture etc, experimenting with traditional manilla board and plastics but I have never really got into paper cutting as a craft that is until now  its funny how being asked to provide a workshop reignites a interest.


Christmas tree decorations on a tight budget, using recycled materials drop in activity

If your out and about  in Southampton Centre next Friday (19th December)

I am going to be at the Tiger Yard pop up arts/ crafts shop showing people how to make Christmas tree decorations for pennies . To support this fantastic initiative I am asking for donations  to cover my costs . The activity is taking place between 1.30 and 4.30 all are welcome

The Tiger Yard is located in East Street


Yellow Vintage Christmas Fair Sunday 30th November

I am really looking forward to this Sunday, Ive taken a table at the Yellow Vintage Fair , its such a great event and I can but give it a go.

Ive focused on making 60s and 70s inspired jewelery and crafts all made by own fair hands, my jewellery is made from wire, resin, paper and plastic, Im also bringing some flower corsages, some traditional handmade Christmas decorations, and several of my home made Peg Looms so its going to be very interesting to see what sells.