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This is an intensive two-day scrap metal and recycled glass workshop, for anyone to enjoy from complete beginners to those with some metal work experience.
Your hosts Annie and Jenny will help you discover what is possible and create some basic designs with the help of their mood boards and design inspiration. Then you’ll jump straight into the scrap metal and glass pile and get your hands dirty! You’ll be able to try mig welding, cutting, grinding, braising and will work with different types of tools, scrap metal and found objects. While making your piece you’ll also be able to do glass cutting, drilling grinding, copper foil and stained glass and cold working.
The workshop is a very hands-on, guest-led style of experience, where everyone will choose their own project, set their own working pace. Annie and Jenny will be on hand to offer practical, artistic and problem solving advice and throughout the experience you’ll be shown all the skills and techniques needed to finish your project. There will be lots of interesting pieces of scrap metal, coloured glass, bottles, jars and objects, but feel free to bring your own. Some of the extra special pieces may cost a little extra, but there will be lots to pick from that come included.
As well as the chance to get creative with a range of tools, scrap metal and glass, Annie and Jenny’s main aim is always that you have a really fun day and go away with your own, bespoke piece.
Groups are limited to a maximum of four people and everyone gets their own work space and equipment. Masks will be provided if needed.
WTF is a female founded workshop in Bristol, created by Felix and Annie. Their goal is to empower anyone who wants to try their hand at metalwork, and because of that they have a particularly welcoming environment to learn in. Felix and Annie have bundles of creative metalwork skills, and between them have worked on West End shows, Doctor Who, Top Gear and the spectacular Arcadia. The two got their creative heads together in 2017, and that is when the seeds of WTF Workshops started to sprout. They saw how the world of welding and metalwork was very much male-dominated and wanted to redress the balance. WTF Workshops was soon born, beginning in a small basement studio where they offered an encouraging, safe space for anyone to learn in. Fast forward to now and they have moved into their shiny new home, a bright and airy workshop in Albert Road, St Phillips. From here Felix and Annie run popular creative metalwork experiences for anyone to come along and enjoy. Their enthusiasm to help people realise their ideas in scrap metal is boundless, and on an experience with them you should expect lots of encouragement and most of all, fun.View more experiences by WTF Workshops
Jenny will be your WTF workshops guest host and is a specialist in creative glass.
Jenny initially trained to degree level in Fine Art printmaking. Then in 2009 she discovered glass as a creative medium and returned to college to complete a PG Cert in Glass and Architecture at Central Saint Martins. She went on to be commissioned to make numerous stained glass projects and splash backs for kitchens and bathrooms, including a wall art installation for Colchester General Hospital. She also teaches glass fusing, stained glass, mosaic and design at Tonbridge Adult Education centre.
Jenny and Annie started collaborating to create metal & glass garden sculptures in 2019, and then the idea for combining the two materials for WTF workshops was born.
Annie first started to learn about metalwork in her mixed media fine art degree. She went on to complete a post graduate diploma in scenic construction, specialising in welding and large-scale prop fabrication and using her skills to create imaginative show props and sets. Annie has been doing special effects prop making and creating metalwork ever since.
She has worked at the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre and has worked on the sets in the West End including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as working on many live stage props for numerous shows including the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and Take That's world tour.
Annie also design and builds stage decor and site art installations for music festivals including Glastonbury. Boomtown and Shambala. Annie enjoys creating bold sculptures so if you’re thinking big, she’s always on hand with help and advice.
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