CELEBRITY ‘crafter’ Carly Duff and Harlow MP Robert Halfon were special guests when Harlow College students held a grand opening of their shop ‘In the Making’ last week (November 24) in the Harvey Centre. The event followed a successful taster day earlier in the month.
Mr Halfon, who is also supporting the project, said, “I love Harlow College, I’ve visited over 70 times. It is not just a place of skill but of community too and the shop is just another part of that. I’ve just bought a birthday card for my best friend and I just want to thank the students and the staff, I wish the shop all the best and a Merry Christmas.”
Carly Duff, said: “It’s amazing and about time not just for crafters in the area but also for those who want to learn about crafting.
“I have a contact within the Phoenix Craft Channel who asked me if I was interested in being a sponsor. I will be teaching workshops in the store three days a week.
“I think that the link between companionship and therapy in arts and craft is just beautiful. When you make something that is personalised you give a little bit of yourself.”
‘In the Making’ held a taster day on November 9, when students invited family, staff and fellow students of Harlow College to find out more about the project. The event raised £230 and the students from supported studies at Harlow College also held a ‘Maker’s market’ in the town centre to promote the store and which made more than £100.
Louise Cooper, who works within supported studies, gave an insight into how the shop came about: “It started with making things from recyclable goods. The Phoenix Resource Centre caught wind of what was going on and contacted us They started giving us resources, they had already bought the shop and offered us the space.”
The store plans to open from 10:30-2:30 during the week and Saturdays.