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Tinworks:  Recycled Tin Workshop


FOR ALL ABILITIES: with Philippa Johnston


Tutor Philippa Johnston is a Fife-based metalsmith and textile artist who works with recycled tin, wire and other materials to create two and three dimensional decorative and functional pieces inspired by traditional and contemporary folk art. She opens up her Newburgh studio every year as part of Open Studios North Fife.


Transform all those old biscuit tins lurking in your cupboard into a colourful member of the bird or animal kingdom using just a few simple tools and techniques. In this all-day workshop, you will learn how to prepare and cut the tin; how to emboss and add texture; how to incorporate wire and other materials; and how to use a pop riveter to connect pieces together. After a short introductory exercise, you will have time to work on your own project.


All tools and materials will be supplied and there will be plenty of examples on hand for inspiration as well as a wide selection of reference books but please do bring along any of your own source materials; tins you’d like to use or things you’d like to incorporate in your work.

No experience of metalwork required – just come along and have fun trying something new!






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All materials and tools will be supplied but please bring along any beads, buttons, fabric etc. of your own that you’d like to incorporate or if you have particular tins (e.g. those containing biscuits or sweets) you’d like to use.  Resource materials, plus templates, will be on hand but do feel free to bring along your own sources of inspiration or drawings.

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