Charlotte Bronte’s birthday celebrations

On the 21st of April it was the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birthday. I have been teaching drop in workshops at the parsonage, so I was asked to plan a birthday craft session.

I have always loved the quote from Jane Eyre:

“I am no bird;and no net ensnares me:I am a free human being with an independent will”

so after researching I found a good card template here which looked like this;

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and fit with idea of freedom in the quote.

When I got to the school room in Haworth it looked so pretty.The flowers had been arranged on a workshop taught  by simply by arrangement and looked great. The West Yorkshire Playhouse were there singing songs to showcase their Bronte season that is coming up in Autumn, a must see if the beautiful songs were anything to go by.

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The sun shone all day!


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and lots of birthday cards for Charlotte were made and decorated.

I got quite caught up with the day and didn’t end up taking that many photographs but there was cake, plays,poetry and music to name a few things.

I will be at the parsonage on the 1st of June with another craft workshop, pop in and visit this very special place if you can.

Workshops at the Bronte Parsonage

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For the past couple of weeks I have been heading to Haworth and teaching drop-in art workshops at the Bronte Parsonage Museum.

The first one I did was based on silhouettes of the Bronte sisters and their books.

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Wuthering Heights was a popular choice! The image was made with collaged text that was then tea-stained and included Emily Brontes silhouette.

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This was from Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, vintage birds were added to fit with the text.

Last week the workshop was on mono printing with natural materials. I picked grasses and leaves when I got to Haworth…

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And these were used to make prints, along with stencils I had prepared earlier. It was so lovely to see that people approach things in different ways. I got a few ideas for myself!

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There is another one this Wednesday: 11-4pm, do come and say ‘Hi’ if you can! We will be printing again but this time making animals inspired by the wildlife in the Bronte area.

The workshop is run on a drop-in basis and is free with admission to the museum.

Haworth is so pretty I took a few snaps too..

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I have made a friend on my visits.

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