Soulcraft at Home: The Making Edition

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Have months of lockdown and never-ending uncertainty left you feeling a little lacking in inspiration and creative drive? Perhaps you have a craft product in mind that you'd like to explore but unsure where to start? Or, like us, you're yearning for the social connection and shared experiences that we once took for granted.  

Soulcraft at Home: The Making Edition is here to help you tap into your creative potential, learn from experts in their craft and connect you with a like-minded community who share a passion for making.  

This new edition of our popular Soulcraft at Home course - which was run during the first lockdown of 2020 - will focus on making at home, giving you the chance to experience three different but complementary craft practices. Discover the art of weaving on a handloom with Gal Leshem, create a personal journal, sketchbook or a beautiful handmade gift with bookbinder Sam Petherbridge, and dream big in furniture model making with designer and Goldfinger Academy educator Noel Fettingsmith.


"One of the best things to come out of 2020. Connecting with a wonderful new community through craft gave me a renewed sense of purpose and inspiration during lockdown. I'd recommend it to anyone" - Steven, Soulcraft learner. 


Join your new crafting community in live sessions to learn, craft, and create together, while exploring concepts of sustainability and craft as a powerful tool for wellbeing and self-care. 

Workshops will involve some preparation specific to each craft, video learning components, and live online making and discussion sessions.

This course will run over four sessions with live zoom sessions beginning on Wednesday 3rd March and the following Wednesdays 10th, 17th and 24th of March 6-8pm. 


Session 1: Welcoming

Connect with your course leader and group, set goals for the course, and engage with Goldfinger's philosophies in craft and sustainable design in this introductory session. 

Session 2: Weaving with Gal Leshem

Join maker and artist Gal Leshem to learn the basics of weaving, one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world.

In this workshop you will get an introduction to weaving while making your own unique tapestry, as well as learning how to make own handloom.

Find out more about this workshop here.

Session 3: Bookbinding with Sam Petherbridge

Join artist Sam Petherbridge as he teaches how to upcycle loose paper using bookbinding materials to create a beautiful bound hardcover book.

A great way to make a personal journal, sketchbook or handmade gift for friends or family, as Sam inspires you on your journey into the world of making. 

Find out more about this workshop here.

Session 4: 

Part 1: Furniture Model Making with Noel Fettingsmith
Join artist and designer Noel Fettingsmith for an introduction into furniture model making, as he shows you how to explore big projects in small spaces.

In this practical workshop, Noel will teach you how to make your own furniture model and equip you with the skills needed to make quick models to explore your ideas. 

Find out more about this workshop here.

Part 2: Sustaining Practice after Soulcraft
At the end of this final session Soulcrafters will reconvene to reflect on their month of learning and plan ways to sustain their craft practice beyond Soulcraft.


What will I gain?

  • Get an introduction  into three distinct crafts 
  • Receive a sustainable making kit in the post to use in the class and beyond Explore how craft can be a tool for wellbeing 
  • Engage with an experienced craftsperson-educator in small online groups 
  • Learn alongside and connect digitally with people from your community and beyond 
  • Develop a journaling practice to use in all areas of your life


Is this course for me?

This course is open to anyone aged 19 or over.

Continuing our commitment to make our learning accessible, we offer free spaces for those facing financial hardship. If you are earning under £19,000, you may be eligible for one of our free spaces. Priority is given to RBKC residents and those who are receiving benefits, and / or over 55. In order for us to review your eligibility, please complete the below form and we will be back in touch to update you on your booking status. 

Apply here for free spaces


About the makers:

Noel Fettingsmith leads the Goldfinger Academy where he shares his skills in sustainable design and craft.  He joined Goldfinger team after moving to London from Chicago bringing skills in collaborative making, education, furniture and architecture production. Noel coordinates and delivers Goldfinger Academy’s courses, and is passionate about engaging society through employment within cultural production. 

Gal Leshem is a multidisciplinary artist based in London. Since graduating her BA in Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths University and throughout her MA at the Slade School of Art she has developed a socially engaged artistic practice which encompasses both studio based work and collaborative educational projects. Using textiles, print, ceramics and video she creates engaging projects and workshops for varied groups of people. In 2017 Gal was artist in residence at Tate Modern and Tate Britain School Workshop Programme. In 2017-18 she was part of Up Projects' Constellations, a research and development programme for artists working in community contexts.

Sam Petherbridge is an artist and designer whose recent creative journey began using one very common material, paper. This medium initially influenced a body of collage during his BA in Fine Art at the University West of England, and more recently has developed within the practice of-bookbinding, because it incorporates his two passions, design and craft. Sam runs a small business called Bōk Bindery and in the studio, is focussed on Paper making, collage, and drawing. In 2017 Sam Petherbridge was an artist in residence at Campos de Guiterrez, in Colombia. In 2019 he also collaborated with poets and directed a show and program at the APT Gallery, in South East London.


Please contact with any questions regarding the course.