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R.E.A.L.’s Creative Base

The basement at City Hub has recently been transformed into a creative space where learners can express themselves through crafts and textiles whilst also learning new skills and boosting their confidence to achieve some creative and amazing products .

This year, over 14 learners at City Hub have been using the space as part of Creative Engagement sessions. In the coming year, textile tutor Vickie Reid and vinyl printing tutor Ilze Ziverte are aiming to have groups of learners working together towards a possible textiles qualification.

The Creative Base is split into 5 zones: Z1 – tie dyeing, Z2 – block print & monoprint, screen printing, Z3 – tyre seat making, Z4 – sewing machines, Z5 – vinyl and image transfer using computers with image design softwares.

Learners have really engaged with the Creative Base. One 15 year old learner said: “There is something about this space that makes you feel free and lets your imagination run wild!” Another learner said: “When I am in the creative base I feel that nothing is impossible to create. The inspirational support helped me design my own range of t-shirts – even my friends are now requesting orders from me!”

Vickie said: “The basement space was only created a few months ago after a learner wanted to learn how to tie dye. This soon spiralled into more learners wanting to get involved. Once I met Ilze we just knew we had to make it happen!

“We have seen some fantastic t-shirts, baby grows, aprons, bags, robots, phone cases and tyre seats produced by our learners. We are hoping to move into a dedicated space suitable space in the future where we can offer even more creative opportunities for our young people in groups – look out for details soon!”

Sessions need to booked in advance. R.E.A.L. staff can email vickie.reid@real-education.org to book an introduction session in the Creative Base.