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If you didn’t know already, I’m an absolute sucker for second hand treasures. You’ll often find me scrolling my depop feed, checking out Facebook market place and traipsing through charity shops. Whilst it’s easy for me to find second hand clothes that suit my style, it’s not always so easy to find homeware and bric’o’brac that I find to my taste and on trend…which is where UPCYCLING comes into the picture.
As you may (or may not) have seen from my Instagram story a couple of weekends ago, I recently spent my Saturday morning at a Vintage China upcycling workshop here in London. I literally had the BEST morning there and I wanted to share my experience with you.
So, first things first, what is upcycling?
Upcycling: reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.
With the current ecological state of the planet, the more we can do to reuse and recycle, the better. The workshop was focused on upcycling vintage china which needed a new lease of life.
I’m always looking for cool and interesting activities around London. There is SO much to do here but this experience truly stood out to me as a unique and productive workshop.
Who and Where?
The workshop was run by a lovely lady named Claire from the creative workshop company Indytute. The workshop included all of the materials required to make your upcycled creation and Claire was on hand to guide and advise attendees on how to get the best end result.
The workshop lasted 2 hours and took place in the Heals store on Tottenham Court Road. The store is the perfect place to gather interior inspo in a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
The location itself is surrounded by loads of fab restaurants to visit after the session (Alex and I went for champagne and hotdogs!).
The workshop started with an introduction to Indytute and the different workshops that they offer, you can check them out here. We were then shown some previous examples of other upcycled china before being let loose to choose the piece of china we wanted to work on.
There was a range of different bits to pick from such as tea cups, side plates and big dishes. I had my heart set on making a cute little jewellery dish for my new bedroom in London.
We were then guided through the steps and the design process.
Once we had chosen our piece of china we could then get creative and start cutting out the different images which would later be transferred onto the china to create the design.
After having drafted the design of my dish, the transfer sheets then needed to be soaked in water (a bit like a transfer tattoo).
We then transferred the damp images back onto the china, before the final stage of the process: baking in the oven (this step is done at home).
The workshop provides everything you need including baking instructions, packaging to get it home safely and even little labels to attach to your china.
I absolutely loved this workshop and I’m already thinking about doing a girls morning with Indytute, such a rewarding experience!
If you’re interested in this as a fun London activity or you have any specific questions about my time upcycling, feel free to get in touch via Instagram or in the comments below!
Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend my darlings!