Monday 23 November 2015

Ministry of Mixology 2015

I know it's a bit late in the day but this is the first chance I've had to report back on the Ministry of Mixology event that took place in Coventry earlier this month, 120 class spaces in 2 days!

This was our first (but almost certainly not last) Ministry event - a joint venture between DecoArt, myself and Di Oliver at Tando Creative. As I'm a little behind with my blogging, we've had lots of feedback on the weekend already and I am happy to say it was mostly very positive indeed!

I had a fun but furious two days of teaching an altered notebook class using my Tando Industrial Elements kit and, of course, lots of DecoArt product. I think the delegates really liked it - there were certainly lots of smiling faces around the room. What I liked most about the sessions was the variety in the finished items - although everyone followed the exact same techniques we got so many different results.

The other class at the weekend was offered by my colleague Michelle Webb (who you may know from the DecoArt Design Team), whose beach-themed box frame also went down a storm with attendees. I think this project shows off the vibrancy of the DecoArt Media paints beautifully.

Outside of the workshops, we had lots of demos plus a free Folk It! mini workshop, so I need to send out a big thank you to all those who gave of their time so freely and taught with such enthusiasm. We also had a messy table which proved very popular and a very busy Tando shop!

All in all a wonderful weekend of creativity and fun - watch this space for news about the next one (although don't nag me too much - I have a lot of show prep to do between now and January!).

I will leave you with a recap video of the weekend.

And finally some fab feedback!

“Fabulous weekend, great class by Andy.  Well organised with shop, refreshments and lunch.  Overall fab experience, would love to see it as a yearly event.  Can we have it further south?”
“Wonderful, please do many more”
“Enjoyed every minute and it’s fantastic to have something in the Midlands”
“Fab workshop, brilliantly explained and Andy and his crew were brilliant and the shop was fab, would love to attend another”
“I really don’t think anything could possibly improve Andy’s course!  It has been brilliant and I have learned so much.  Thank you to everyone involved”
“Thoroughly enjoyable workshop.  Thank you Michelle.  Timing was good, facilities fab.  Wonderful day, certainly do a similar workshop.  Thanks to all”
“It was absolutely FABULOUS!  Michelle is a great teacher and the Tando Beach set is gorgeous – will buy another!  Hotel has been fab, lovely helpful staff – great food and refreshments.  A really great project!  I love DECOART products and have bought loads!  Thank you so much”
“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing weekend in Coventry.  I didn't get a chance to fill out the feedback form at the time as I was dashing for a train, but wanted to say I thought it was brilliantly organised.  Both workshops were fantastic (I was with Michelle on Saturday and Andy on Sunday), great teaching, great set-ups and great kit to play with.  I loved the idea of the "play area" so that you could try out stuff when off-duty.  The food was great throughout the weekend (I was a bit worried at lunch on the Saturday when I came out to find almost empty platters, but just a couple of minutes later they arrived from the kitchen with fresh supplies!)”.



  1. It looked brilliant Andy it was the weekend of my granddaughter's party so I couldn't get there. I would also love it to come further south. Wishing you an early Merry Christmas in case you don't get back to your blog before!! x

  2. It was a brilliant weekend Andy, I loved both your workshop and also Michelle's - tremendous value for money and a great venue. It was lovely to catch with friends old and new. Looking forward to the next one already! Hope all your prep goes well. Anne x

  3. Looks like you all had a great time, any chance you can come to South Wales???

  4. I'd like one further north please!!

  5. We had an amazing time and can't wait for the next one!

  6. Looks like this workshops where so cool. I'd really like to be there to see how are they looking.


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