Purple Faye’s art offering

Artist Faye Johnson who has an exhibition space in an empty shop on Albion St Castleford until the end of March, as part of an Art House Wakefield initiative
Artist Faye Johnson who has an exhibition space in an empty shop on Albion St Castleford until the end of March, as part of an Art House Wakefield initiative
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Artist Faye Johnson is offering workshops to all ages at her Castleford studio throughout the summer holidays.

Faye, 29, who trades as Purple Faye, has a shop at 31 Albion Street, as part of an Art House initiative to bring art to empty shops.

She is offering workshops for groups and individuals to have a go at making their own art, using cardboard and modroc to create 3D paintings.

Faye said: “It’s something that works in a one-to-one session or in groups.

“The workshops take about an hour and are suitable for all ages, from children up to pensioners.”

She creates her paintings by layering cardboard onto canvas and then applying the modroc, bandages impregnated with Plaster of Paris, to create images, which she then paints.

Faye paints a variety of subjects, and also takes commissions, while her work is for sale in the shop, along with kits for people to have a go at the technique at home.

Faye has been occupying the empty shop, which used to be a Debra charity shop, since last October, as a studio and art gallery.

She added: “It’s been steady, I’m hoping once the new pound shop opens nearby it will get a bit busier, as people will have more reason to come down this part of town, and call in.”

Workshops cost £5 per person and can be arranged by calling into the shop, which is open on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm or by calling Faye on 07818 613364, or visiting www.purplefaye.co.uk for more information.