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Me and my bike are off on an adventure #bike #bicycle #ADVENTURE (I lied, we’re going to work)

Me and my bike are off on an adventure #bike #bicycle #ADVENTURE (I lied, we’re going to work)

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Don gun did a mural at the Waiting Room with Ron Sims last night

Don gun did a mural at the Waiting Room with Ron Sims last night

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Me outside Chapeau for their 2nd Birthday BashPhoto: Tim Payne

Me outside Chapeau for their 2nd Birthday Bash
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Ron Sims & Marc De’ath @ Waiting Room #essexmakers

Ron Sims & Marc De’ath @ Waiting Room #essexmakers

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Paint a mural with Ron Sims

I’m very excited to share that this week, Wednesday 16th April, our Maker Wednesday wlll be hosted by the Maker Space teaming up with local painter & print maker Ron Sims who will co-host the session painting a mural at The Waiting Room. Grab a brush and pour some paint. Meet a local painter and help up improve our space.

RSVP and find out more on facebook.

How we will do it:

The mural will need a team of people to enlarge the image for the outside Waiting Room end. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.

  • Straight forward squaring up to start with on the black painted end, using grey hand drawn paint in enamel. Guidance from me.
  • In-fill with a lighter grey in enamel, covering up squaring grid but leaving the outline of the image.
  • Mask out shapes not being sprayed with a colour, using tape and newspaper.
  • Use car spray for edge to edge finish.
  • Adjust colours, spray varnish, Mural completed.

About Ron Sims

My own serious art practise in painting hasn’t diminished from 9yrs full time at art college in the 60’s and 70’s: at Colchester, Manchester, RA Schools and Gloucester College of Art (Teaching Fellowship). Apart from part-time teaching in Painting and Printmaking my own acrylics on canvas, continually research abstract design. Some of my recent work has been shown at Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, and on Vinyl and CD covers for the prog-rock group Chrome Hoof, entitled ‘Black Gold’. As President of Colchester Art Society I am trying to up the quality of work with more professionals and serious practising artists joining/re-joining us. Exciting contemporary work in any medium is hoped for. Any artist can put in for our Open Shows, - next one is at the Institute in July through to August. Institute and Minories will have info for this show nearer the time.

So grab a brush and pour some paint. We will be at the Waiting Room from 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th April. All are welcome and remember, it’s free!

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Maker Wednesdays provide a flavour of what’s on offer at our Hack/Maker/Library/Space. A shared workshop environment, accessed via a pay what you can membership scheme.

Hosted every week, they are free and informal workshop sessions held at the St Botolph’s Waiting Room. They are open to everyone of all ages, backgrounds and skills.

Community Manager Alex Davis (that’s me), is passionate about all things craft will be regular fixtures so you’re welcome to pop along to say hello and find out more.

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Paint a mural with Ron Sims

( Original post from the Waiting Room Blog)

I’m very excited to share that this week, Wednesday 16th April, our Maker Wednesday will be hosted by local painter & printmaker Ron Sims. And he’s inviting you to help him paint a mural at The Waiting Room. Grab a brush and pour some paint. Meet a local painter and help up improve our space.
RSVP and find out more on facebook.

How we will do it:

The mural will need a team of people to enlarge the image for the outside Waiting Room end. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.

  • Straight forward squaring up to start with on the black painted end, using grey hand drawn paint in enamel. Guidance from me.
  • In-fill with a lighter grey in enamel, covering up squaring grid but leaving the outline of the image.
  • Mask out shapes not being sprayed with a colour, using tape and newspaper.
  • Use car spray for edge to edge finish.
  • Adjust colours, spray varnish, Mural completed.

About Ron Sims

My own serious art practise in painting hasn’t diminished from 9yrs full time at art college in the 60’s and 70’s: at Colchester, Manchester, RA Schools and Gloucester College of Art (Teaching Fellowship). Apart from part-time teaching in Painting and Printmaking my own acrylics on canvas, continually research abstract design. Some of my recent work has been shown at Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, and on Vinyl and CD covers for the prog-rock group Chrome Hoof, entitled ‘Black Gold’. As President of Colchester Art Society I am trying to up the quality of work with more professionals and serious practising artists joining/re-joining us. Exciting contemporary work in any medium is hoped for. Any artist can put in for our Open Shows, - next one is at the Institute in July through to August. Institute and Minories will have info for this show nearer the time.

So grab a brush and pour some paint. We will be at the Waiting Room from 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th April. All are welcome and remember, it’s free!

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Maker Wednesdays provide a flavour of what’s on offer at our Hack/Maker/Library/Space. A shared workshop environment, accessed via a pay what you can membership scheme.

Hosted every week, they are free and informal workshop sessions held at the St Botolph’s Waiting Room. They are open to everyone of all ages, backgrounds and skills.

Community Manager Alex Davis (that’s me), is passionate about all things craft will be regular fixtures so you’re welcome to pop along to say hello and find out more.

(Painting: Dog, Ron Sims)
(Painting: Green Breasted Girl, Ron Sims)

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HAT TRICK. ‘Twas my third visit to the LeeValley Velodrome this evening. This time round it has been transformed into a bloody beautiful bike show - Bespoked - celebrating anything and everything to do handmade bicycles frames and parts.

Usually held in Brizzle, this was the first year it’s relocated to the ol smoke and giving the velodrome a go.

Look mum no hands! Returned to serve up the usual affair. Damn good draft beer & cider, mean coffee and cakes.

There was some shockingly good stuff there. It’s slightly overwhelming. I caught the awards ceremony and the highlights included:

Spirit of Cycling - Moss Bikes, because they teach kids how to make frames
Innovation award - Colbert, due to their conductive paint
Best new frame builder - Swarth cycles
Best Track cycle - Winter bicycles
Best touring - Sven
Best in show - Saffron with their teal blue bike

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BIKE PORN AT BESPOKED #london #bikes #bike #bicycle #handmade #bespoked #handmadebike #velodrome #leevalley #hnmmmhg

BIKE PORN AT BESPOKED #london #bikes #bike #bicycle #handmade #bespoked #handmadebike #velodrome #leevalley #hnmmmhg

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New exhibition on This One Wall!

This month we’re showcasing Colchester’s cycling cafe Chapeau Velo! You can find them just off Head Street on 20 Church Walk. The show is celebrating their second year running the gaff, happy birthday guys! Chapeau!

The space is open every Saturday morning 7am - 2pm. It’s a cafe/shop/workshop run by a collective of ‘bike nuts’ who welcome anyone who loves two wheels (and those who don’t). Grab a coffee, look at parts, fix your bike or watch live cycling. I love hanging out there on a Saturday morning. There’s always a friendly bunch in the space and they serve a mean espresso.

If you love the ride and want the chance to meet like minded souls AND WIN PRIZES. They’re hosting a Birthday Alleycat this Saturday 12th April from the shop at 7.30pm. It’s a checkpoint / puzzle ride. Almost like a pub quiz on bikes. Whoever gets the most questions answered correctly in the fastest time wins. But remember, it’s not about being quick. Sometimes the DFL (dead fucking last) has won because he took the time to answer all the questions correctly and snatched the prize from the puffed out rabbits.

I’ll be there in mah fixie. Grab your bike out of the shed and come along.
Did I also mention there’s a party afterwards? And there will be SMOKED GOODNESS.

Find out more and RSVP

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EVERYONE! The @dukeofpork is friggin good. Outside Poundland in #Colchester porky goodness inc pulled pork & chillie dogs #essexmakers

EVERYONE! The @dukeofpork is friggin good. Outside Poundland in #Colchester porky goodness inc pulled pork & chillie dogs #essexmakers

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Wednesday 14th May, Stitch & Bitch, will be hosted by Clare Sams again, capturing the town in textiles with Stitching St Botolph’s. Join us.

It’s a fantastic idea to capture this part of town in textiles. We’re making buildings from the area which will combined to create a 3D tapestry / story / memory of the town.

Stitching St Botolphs is a new community arts/history project hosted by Clare Sams, a concept of capturing the town in textiles. Working in conjunction with Voice of the Quarter, Stitching St Botolphs will collect recent and ancient histories from the area of the cultural quarter. These will be translated into stitch through the collaboration of local crafters (that’s you!). The textiles work will document memories from local people, and the ancient, current, and modern architecture of this area.

We will provide the needles, thread, and those bits and bobs to get you started. You don’t even have to know how to stitch. You can use bonda web. So no excuse ;)

We also have a huge bag of random fabric you can rummage through! The staple ELVIS will be playing and there will be plenty of tea and coffee.

If you’ve got a haberdashery project you are working on, please bring it along. We’d love to see what you’ve been creating. If you need a chance to get knitting you are more than welcome to join us.


We host the informal craft club every second Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm at the Waiting Room. Our sessions are all about dedicating one night of the month to getting crafty with local ladies and gents.

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This evening at Stitch & Bitch Jessica Wright, a local crochet mastermind, shared her skill at creating beaded braclets and necklaces with crochet. Now I want to say, that all you need is a No. 10 crochet thread, some size 8 seed beads, and a 1.75mm hook. But I’m afraid it ain’t easy.

You have need to have some
thread or wool that your beads can fit on. Buy them in bulk rather than the tiny tubes to save money. It was also advisable to prethread your beads so that you can kick start the process. Basically the evening was showcasing the skill, rather than walking away with the finished product. A whole necklace takes Jessica around six hours to do…

We had seven ladies give the craft a go and we had some ‘beaded raspberries’ at the end which I was seriously impressed with. I hadn’t even attempted it to be honest. My crochet skills are bad at best. But as always, it was really inspiring to see what people can create with the tools and watching Jessica share what she’s learnt with everyone was brilliant. It’s exactly why I host this. View some photos of the night on facebook.

Clare Sams also returned to host her ‘Stitching St Botolph’s’ project. A fantastic idea to capture this part of town in textiles. We’re making buildings from the area which will combined to create a 3D tapestry / story / memory of the town.

We host the informal craft club every second Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm at the Waiting Room.
Next month, Wednesday 14th May, Clare Sams will return and invites you to help her capture the town in textiles.
Join us.

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"What a fun evening it was! I got lots done and met lots of lovely people while learning all about seed beads and crocheting in a tube shape from the incredibly patient Jess. I also incidentally learned a lot about bead wrapping and tapestry from others at work in the same space happily chatting away… a fun time all round"

Abby Wright
After a Stitch & Bitch takeover at St Botolphs

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This evening I made a kebab house out of textiles #craft #textiles #kebab #kebabhouse #colchester #stbotolphs

This evening I made a kebab house out of textiles #craft #textiles #kebab #kebabhouse #colchester #stbotolphs

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So long yarn bomb, we hardly knew thee #yarnbomb #yarn #knitting #crochet #wool #guerillaknitting #colchester #thisonewall #stitchandbitch #stitch #yarnie

So long yarn bomb, we hardly knew thee #yarnbomb #yarn #knitting #crochet #wool #guerillaknitting #colchester #thisonewall #stitchandbitch #stitch #yarnie