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'Crafts for Wellbeing' with Sarah Dodds

(26 June 2020)

Join the Café des Arts team of the Ustinov Global Citizenship Programme for a wellbeing crafts session, led online especially for postgraduates - though all are welcome; a chance for you to take a break and be creative.This event will be held via Zoom and access information will be sent to attendees 48 hours in advance of the session. Please sign up with a Durham email address. 

It is a well-known fact that craft activities provide an opportunity to improve our wellbeing. These informal sessions will give you the opportunity to try something new – who knows, this may lead to a new hobby or interest. These sessions are designed for absolute beginners so no previous experience is necessary, we are more interested in giving you an opportunity to relax and interact with students and researchers from other disciplines whilst doing something creative.

Zentangle is a form of doodling whilst relaxing. Simple repeated patterns can be used to build up artworks without the effort. Focusing on the activity helps to calm the mind. During the session, Sarah will introduce us to some of the more common Zentangle patterns, there are some official ones, but you are free to make up your own. At the end of the session you should have a completed post card.

You will need to have ready for the session:

  • An A4 piece of paper (drawing paper if you have it, but anything will do if not e.g. copier paper) - An A6 postcard sized piece of paper (a quarter of an A4 sheet).
  • A black micron or gel pen (again if you don't have one a felt tip pen, biro or pencil will do).
  • A cup of tea/coffee if you wish.

Sarah Dodds is a member of staff at Durham and currently works in the Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) supporting students and staff develop their IT skills by providing both online and face-to-face IT training sessions. She is also a textile artist and part of Interface Arts, a group of artists in County Durham who work closely with local organisations including the Oriental Museum to provide art workshops and talks.

Sarah exhibits regularly with both Interface Arts and in her own right. She works mainly with embroidery and layered applique and takes her inspiration from other cultures, particularly Africa and the Middle East. Sarah is currently working with the Museum of Hartlepool on a research project as part of her Doctorate of Fine Art (DFA), attempting to reveal the stories of some of the objects in the collection.

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