Caffeine meets crafts as Starbucks hosts skills exhibition

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A COFFEE shop will host caffeine and crafts when a group of artists takes over.

The Transfer exhibition will bring together artists who specialise in textile printing, book-making, knitting and paper cutting.

Friends, Lily Daniels, Jenny Payne and Kathryn McCandless are holding a craft exhibition at Starbucks in the Bridges in June.

Friends, Lily Daniels, Jenny Payne and Kathryn McCandless are holding a craft exhibition at Starbucks in the Bridges in June.

Workshops and demonstrations will take place from 11am to 3pm on June 8 and 9 in Starbucks in The Bridges, and organisers hope visitors will get involved.

“Hopefully, people will be really interested,” said Jenny Payne, 26, who has put together the exhibition with Sunderland Glass Centre co-worker Kathryn McCandless, 25.

“We hope it will be a positive reaction. In my experience, these skills create a nice environment to learn something new, and the crafts are becoming a bit of a trend lately.”

The exhibition aims to look at art as a process in the style of artists such as Robert Morris as well as celebrate hand-skills and artist development.

Jenny, who moved to the North East from Chicago in the United States four years ago, said: “We want to enrich the cultural offer in the city around the time of the Festival of the North East.

“Throughout the weekend, artists will begin their section by demonstrating what they do, then they’ll open it to members of the public to try.

“The sessions highlight the transferable nature of hand skills, from maker to workshop participant, and from raw materials to finished product.”