Introducing The Creatives Leading Our Upcoming Workshops

Introducing The Creatives Leading Our Upcoming Workshops

We’re constantly working hard to bring you a wide range of workshops, which wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and talent of the creatives who deliver them.

If you’ve been browsing our events page you would have come across their names, but we thought it was time to put faces to the names.

Meet some of the creatives who make our workshops possible:

Andrea Hayes

Based in  Cookstown, Co.Tyrone, Andrea has spent the past 15 years creating textile artworks made from fabric, paint and stitch for outlets and exhibitions.

She creates artwork from her home studio alongside being a part-time Tutor with SWC where she teaches Arts & Crafts within the community. 

Andrea thoroughly enjoys guiding and helping others in creative projects/workshops by regularly facilitating workshops for adults and children in art centres/community groups and school settings. 

Over the years Andrea has developed a distinctive style in her artwork where she combines her love of painting, fabric, metal and stitch. Inspired by the natural landscape around her, Andrea loves nothing more than interpreting our beautiful and dramatic mountains, landscapes and coastlines of the Irish landscape.

Let Andrea guide you through a fascinating Textile Art Workshop in Makers House this May!


Morag Chambers

Working from her home studio in Bangor, Morag designs, makes and delivers all the jewellery she sells on her website.

Many of her pieces take inspiration from Celtic art and all the jewellery is made using certified recycled sterling silver, with the addition of semi-precious stones. 

She uses traditional metalsmithing techniques, self-taught over many years of enjoyment, to create unusual jewellery that's different from the high street and a pleasure to wear.

She will teach you the art of beadwork as you create a bracelet and a pair of earrings in her upcoming Beadwork Workshop this April.


Sara Barfoot

From a very young age, Sarah-Louise Barfoot knew she wanted to work in a creative industry.  In her formative years, her passion was mixed media arts which lead her into a career in floristry.  She graduated as a florist from Greenmount College and loves everything about the industry. 

Sarah started her first business from home at the age of 17 and opened her own flower shop only 2 years later. Over the past 17 years, Sarah has worked with and created beautiful wedding flowers for hundreds of brides throughout Northern Ireland. 

As a creative florist mainly specialising in wedding flowers as well as teaching some florist workshops Sarah will share the tips and tricks she’s picked up over the years in two upcoming Spring Wreath Workshops this April in Maker's house. 

But that’s not all! Her passion for all things creative from fashion, floristry to Interior design also drew her into the world of creative upcycling. Sarah has inherited her mother’s keen interest in procuring unusual pieces of furniture & art and eventually led Sarah & her mother, Sandra, into setting up a distribution business for Autentico Chalk Paint and Woodubend mouldings.

Hoping to help others on their own creative journey, Sara will be leading a Beginner’s Upcycling Workshop and an Advanced Upcycling Workshop in The Designerie. 


Ruaraidh Bailey

The owner of North Coast Chocolates, Ruaraidh is a chocolatier with an unsurpassable passion. He has travelled the world as a chef, having even worked for Royalty. Having travelled the world Ruaraidh decided to settle in Northern Ireland. Ruaraidh is determined to provide customers in the province – both locals and tourists – with a top-class range of chocolates that are world-beating!

You can hear him talk about his adventures and learn from the master himself how to create a perfectly tempered, moulded Easter Egg in our Easter Egg Workshop this April.


Tickets to our upcoming events are selling fast, so make sure you book your place now! 

We have more exciting workshops coming up soon, keep an eye out for updates on social media and on our website: