Just under two hours train journey from King’s Cross is the town of Wakefield, one of the North’s most exciting artistic hubs and home to Neon Workshops. Incredibly passionate about his work, contemporary artist Richard Wheater has been running the 2.5 hour workshop since 2008. His aim is to shine a light on the neon art industry by teaching curious creatives the ways of neon; covering cutting, fusing and filling with gas.
Henna has certainly made its mark on western pop culture, perhaps more than you’d realise. Take pop princess Rihanna for example, whose bold, henna inspired hand tattoo is certainly a real divider of opinion. Celebrities such as Katy Perry, and Beyonce have also been spotted championing henna’d limbs.
The suggestion of an embroidery class usually conjures up the image of groups of nanas, chatting over tea & biscuits and floral napkin designs. Embroidery classes with Laura Lees however, couldn’t be so far removed. OK, so her techniques may be traditional but that’s as far as it goes. Embellishing the pages of Vogue, dressing the catwalks at fashion week and adorning large scale collaborative projects, her edgy, in your face designs have undoubtedly led fashonistas and crafts enthusiasts to the same conclusion. Embroidery is sew now. In the throes of men’s Fashion Week, Laura invited me to one of her masterclasses so I could try my hand at The Mighty Stitch.
With 40 years experience cooking delicious Indian delights for her friends and family, Mrs Curry knows her bhaji from her biryani. The mother of business owner Mohinder, Jas or ‘Mrs Curry’ as she is fondly known, teaches aspiring chefs and Indian food fanatics alike the secrets of her long loved dishes. With a goal of learning 4 starters, 4 mains and 2 desserts all in a day’s work, I hot footed it to Central Street Cookery School to brush up my (non existent) Indian cooking skills.
Having worked on fashion shoots in the past, I’m no stranger to the skills of makeup artists (AKA miracle workers) who can turn a tired eyed, dull skinned model into a glamorous, glowing goddess. They make it look easy, right? If you’re like me and attempting to recreate looks from your favourite magazines results in ‘two black eyes’ effect as opposed to sexy and sultry, here’s where Remy, Serena and Micky come in. The dynamic trio make up Face Addict Hair Junkie; three ladies whose history designing and producing looks for fashion editorial, runways, music videos and more has given them a reputation across the industry as a brand to watch. With an ethos all about sharing their extensive beauty knowledge and experience with us mere mortals, surely they could teach even moi how to scrub up properly.