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So long 2017, and thank you

2107 has been an eventful year without a doubt. The Inventors Asylum has gone from strength to strength changing from a small business starting in the back of a community enterprise a over 5 years ago, developing into a larger maker space and then at the beginning of 2017 having to move out of that space into a purpose built studio so that Jay could concentrate on specialist projects, commissions and one to one tuition.  Yes we built it in January when the ground was frozen – it took a week to dig the ground flat for the foundations!

The real strength behind the Inventors Asylum is the ability to evolve and grow – it does not sit stagnant and let the world whizz on past; it is a business that responds to the changing needs of the world around it. One of the goals it has achieved this year is to educate beyond it’s local area by creating kits that are easily accessible to all ages and it has seen the team grow to include the two eldest children even more as they have been involved in this design process creating not only the ideas but the instructions and even helping construct the items themselves. These are the younger ones worry monster cushions that he designed early in 2017 before they hit the shelves – looks like he could be quite a trendsetter when he gets older. He made them from scratch, including zips. (he’s 9!)

The team have had some amazing success this year as well with members winning awards and getting commissions. The year started with Bex creating a huge Rockpool embroidery for Wetherspoons as they opened a new unit in Chester, later in the year Jay was part of a team called Swytchcraft who scooped second place in the National Open Textile Exhibition judged by a panel of industry professionals for his contribution to the piece the ‘Dragon Queen’ and Makani-Kai came 1st in the under 18’s and Kaida-Rayne 2nd in the under 18’s for the same competition.

Last summer saw the Inventors Asylum come out of the studio and onto the national show circuit joining Bex and taking the kits and demonstrations across the country. This has been hard work but extremely rewarding and we have had some amazing moments meeting people we have not seen for years and making new friends.

Then came the biggest task of the year….. the Treehouse Studios! In the autumn we built in 12 days from the ground up a brand new teaching space so we could run workshops onsite at the Inventors Asylum rather than having to rent space elsewhere. (we also did a show in between some of the days and had lashing rain for most of it – it is Wales!) It was worth it though and now we have a fabulous space onsite where we can demonstrate, teach, make big things and sell all year round. Here it is in the snow!

The Treehouse Studio in the snow

So as we finish 2017 we say “phew…, that was hard work”, but we don’t intend to sit on our laurels for January either so watch this space!

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Snow doesn’t stop life…

A rather snowy Treehouse Studios

The Snow has arrived this weekend at the Treehouse Studios here in North Wales with great abandon! We’ve had well over a foot of snow and these pictures from the  beginning of the weekend made the world look beautiful and white but now we’re rather up to our knees in it!!

The mini inventors’ snowman

Work doesn’t stop around here though with so many outbuildings we’ve been out everyday clearing all the roofs to take the weight of snow off them to stop potential collapse – we did find time to build a snowman though and the youngest ones still went on the trampoline! Buddha was still as calm as ever and on Sunday when the sun occasionally broke through the clouds it was the most peaceful place in world.

Buddha’s first real taste of snow

Snow has the most amazing cleansing and calming effect whilst life has to slow down for a while so enjoy that aspect and take a bit of time to stop and just take it all in. We don’t get to do this very often here in the UK so make the most of it! Now….. off to snowboard to the shops…..

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New website for a new era!

Welcome to our new website! We’re entering a new era at the Inventors Asylum and we’re really glad to have you along for the journey. This summer we starting building the beautiful new Treehouse Studio here in North Wales and we’re just adding the finishing touches to make it even warmer for the winter months.

We have been all over the UK this year demonstrating how art and science can work together to make amazing things happen and we have a full UK tour planned for 2018. We are also aware that however far we travel we cannot get to everyone so we are working on ways to extend our reach further with classroom resources and online courses.

Our team are returning to their roots and in the new year will be launching their own fashion house for one off outfits, wedding dresses, stage costumes and anything you can imagine. Think a fusion of tailoring, draping, head dresses and flashy lights and you will be getting close!

The new shop is under construction and will allow you to again be able to book your courses online including the 2018 summer schools and weekend courses as well as our regular workshops.

The shop will feature all of your favourite products again and some new kits and one off items. We will also have sections being added for guest artists and designers.

Over the next weeks until Christmas we will have regular open days so you can still get some shopping done so keep an eye on our social media for dates. The next ones are this Wednesday from 11am – 4pm and then Sunday from 1pm – 3pm.