A menu with a difference

A Menu With a Difference

Tue, October 22, 2019 by Albert

Like it suggests, Settle Stories Create Cafe has a menu which can have different ‘specials’ each week and a staple diet.

No, this is not a menu to eat and drink (although there is always cake and coffee, tea, and fruit teas on offer.) The staple diet is relaxation, fun and different creative activities each week such as Zen Tangles, Marcrame and Crochet.

The specials are a step-by-step introduction to a craft which always has a place in the gourmet delights each week. So why not read on and then your taste buds might tempt you to give it a try. I caught up with Andrea, one of the lead artists on the Create Cafe project.

When is Create Café?

Every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30 pm until 5pm. This will be until the end of November, 2019

Where is it?

The Quaker Meeting House in Settle.

How do you find it?

It’s in Kirkgate opposite Settle Victoria Hall. Enter the garden of the Quaker house and walk along the path past the entrance to the main hall. You’ll see it around the corner if you follow your nose.

How do you keep the atmosphere of relaxation?

Most people come along because they want to do something creative, but it’s also fine to just stop by for a cup of tea and have a squizz at what’s going on and nothing else. There aren’t expectations of what anybody has to do and I think this keeps the space undemanding. This probably lends itself to an atmosphere of relaxation. So pop in and see if you like what’s on offer. If it’s not for you, you’re welcome to stay and just be or to leave. Most people take part in the activity because it’s fun to be creative.

Where did you learn your skills?

I’ve learnt the practical skills here and there along the way. But for me it’s more about the process of creating something. It can be anything. The real skill is to take the time to create. So many people say they don’t have any creative ability but I don’t believe that is what it is. It’s more that it isn’t a priority for them. Anybody who wants to create something can. It’s one of the reasons I like Zentangle. It’s so simple. All you need is a pen and some paper and then it’s a matter of making the pen move across the paper. And there it is – something that didn’t exist before now exists. Something has been created. I think we learn about ourselves through the creative process. I’m a firm believer in what Socrates said – “Know thyself”. And finding out about who we are through a creative process works at many different levels. It’s something that has to be done to appreciate how that works. So come along to the Create Café and discover something about yourself!

A menu with a difference

How did you learn them?

My mother taught me how to crochet. And she learnt from her mother, and so on. It’s somewhat of a family tradition.

I’ve attended courses on process art, where the focus has been on creating from an intuitive place and being mindful of how that presents itself within.

Zentangle I have learnt from books and You Tube. It is a dream of mine to go to America to do the Zentangle Teaching course.

What activities are on offer?

We’ve had creative writing, Zentangle / mindful doodling and macramé so far. Crochet is coming up soon too and so is printing flora and lino printing too. We are open to trying anything that people who come along say they are interested in doing so let me know what you’d like to do!

So what do you think? Does the Create Cafe appeal to you? All you need is a willing heart to meet up with others and a belief that you can create.

Find out what the next activity at the Create Cafe is here.

Article written by volunteer writer Jane Emmison

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