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The National Art & Design Saturday Club

  Ella Doran

Paper bag making with ella dorani

 '.... on up to 30 Saturday mornings a year, 1200 13-16 year olds head to their local college, university or museum to learn new techniques, handle new materials and develop new skills as part of the nationally recognised network of Saturday Clubs. The clubs are always FREE to attend and focus on nurturing talent from all backgrounds. '

Frances and John Sorrell set up the Sorrell Foundation in 1999 with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people. Previously, they ran Newell and Sorrell, an international design business, and wanted to use their professional experience to help join up the worlds of education and design. The Sorrell Foundation now oversees the Saturday Club 

I have known about their foundation since my early business career and I was thrilled to be invited to run a Master Class and form part of their annual exhibition celebrating some of the wonderful work that the Children from the clubs along with their inspiring mentors have produced. I travelled to Plymouth College of Art for the day & we had fun turning the inside spreads of #theGuardian newspaper into paper bags and re-using off cuts from my company textile collections, for the students to be creative with, they made cushions, lampshade covers, & original pockets on jeans and shirts. I also gave them a short slide show on my journey as a designer, and I hope I shared some pearls of wisdom that they shall remember!