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Making a house (and a city) more a home

Giving a special look to everyday objects, giving them a feel to match our personal space, is something that can make our home, well, more our home. Walking through a city you thought you knew, hearing about its history and being guided through it in order to write down your own ideas, can also make a home more of a home. Two workshops are coming up that may make you put on your slippers at the end and make a cup of tea in a much cosier environment.

The first is a reprise of the workshop entitled Shabby Chic, which first took place in May. After the success of the first workshop, and after more and more people showed interest in a second go, the organisers decided to do it all again… and then some.

This time the workshop, which will take place on Sunday at the Beat Bazaar in Limassol, will welcome new students as well as students who came to the first workshops and want to build on their decorative knowledge.

You will learn how to give a new antique-like look to any item of furniture, experiment with colours and create a palette that marries aesthetics and fashion. You can make a chair, a side table, or even boxes look like they came straight out of the Romantic period, lending them a modern – yet classical – breath of fresh air.
The techniques you will learn are stencil decoration and chalk silk – a technique that gets its name from its smooth, matte finish.

So grab a small object or piece of furniture, plus a couple of brushes, and get ready for a creative morning – after which you will take home a brand new item to decorate your living space.

The second workshop that is on our agenda is a writing workshop.

The feeling of being inspired to write while taking long walks is nothing new. Wordsworth and Coleridge are well-known for taking walks in nature and going home to write one of their famous poems. Following the tradition of finding your physical rhythm, of taking your surroundings in and then letting what has inspired you flow from your pen, the Writing Room at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia will run a series of walking/ writing workshops as of Monday.

The four workshops will be run by research fellow in Ethnomusicology and Life Writing at Wolfson College Nicoletta Demetriou. Demetriou has made a name for herself after the island-wide screenings of her documentary The Cypriot Fiddler.

The aim of these workshops is to walk around Nicosia, both north and south of the buffer zone, see the city, hear it, smell it, feel it… and write about it. Each of the four workshops will begin at a different point in the city and follow a different route. Demetriou, will share stories and facts about the city, while also guiding the writing process.

The walking/ writing workshops build on Writing Nicosia… Beyond Barriers, a series of workshops organised and carried out by the Literacy Agency of Cyprus.

The language of instruction will be English, but participants can write in any language they want.

So get your comfortable shoes and your thinking hat on, and get ready to take in Nicosia as you have never done before. Be ready to be surprised by the stories Nicosia has to tell you, and by the stories that you will create about it.

Shabby Chic Workshop Volume 2
Stencil decoration workshop. July 10. Beat Bazaar, 20 Chatziloizi Michailidi Street, Limassol. 11am-2pm. €20 (plus materials). Tel: 99-849560

Writing Nicosia
Walking and writing workshop with Nicoletta Demetriou. July 11. The Writing Room at the Home for Cooperation, Nicosia. 6.30pm-8.30pm. July 11,18,25 and August 1. €60 for four sessions or €20 for one. In English. Book on [email protected]


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