The first ever Henley Creative Week concluded on Monday after a five days of artistry in abundance. The pop up event, organised by the Creative Duck, transformed the Old Fire Station Gallery into a hotbed of Henley ingenuity, featuring products and workshops from talented local entrepreneurs.
The Creative Week was the second pop-up shop to be presented by Creative Duck community following the success of last November’s Market Square boutique. Visitors to the Old Fire Station Gallery could pore over the impressive array of skill on display; the front of the space was an alluring collection of bespoke artwork, luxury household items, handcrafted jewellery and accessories, and more locally produced goods for sale. All of the products in the shop were the work of 36 Creative Duck community members, and are also available for sale via the Creative Duck website.
In addition to the Pop Up Shop, the Gallery also hosted a number of unique interactive workshops and talks throughout the week. The innovative makers of the Creative Duck community gave guests an insight into their various crafts, with Lynne Lambourne kicking off the schedule with a Furniture Upcycling Workshop. The lineup also featured a Jewellery Making Masterclass with Julia Burness, a Screen Printing Workshop with Liam Biswell, and a MAMA.DO discussion on career change. Young people were also encouraged to get creative with Saturday’s dedicated children’s sessions: Spoon Puppet, Mask Making and Coil Pot Monster Workshops.
Joanna McGinn, one of the Creative Duck’s founders, said about the event, “It’s fantastic. It’s really blown us away how many people have been coming in and supporting us. Sales have been really good. The space is fantastic for all the products on display, it works wonders for it because it’s lovely and light and airy. I think, because we’re further up the high street this time, we thought it might be really quiet but there’s been a steady flow of people coming through the door. “
The Creative Duck team are hoping to make a biannual routine of their pop up events, with plans to return again in six month’s time. If the standard of the previous two pop ups is anything to go by, Henley shoppers are in for another treat from this wonderful community of local creators.