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About Us

 

Over the Moon is a social enterprise dedicated to providing events and activities in the district of Adur in West Sussex, with a focus on creativity and community. It started life in 2011 and evolved to become a registered form of social enterprise called a community interest company in 2017.

We are passionate about the joys of making and getting together with other people to be creative in a social setting.

We strive to tread lightly and for our activities to decrease rather than generate waste. We are strongly committed to using salvaged, donated and recycled materials wherever possible. We aim to showcase what can be achieved and what fun can be had by creatively reusing materials instead of buying new and throwing things away. 

We aim for our events to be participatory, inclusive and locally focussed. We  collaborate with other local organisations and love to celebrate our local area.

We rely heavily on volunteered time and local expertise. If you are interested in volunteering with us or collaborating with us, we'd love to hear from you! Just drop us an email at weareoverthemoon@gmail.com.

We have been running The Circular Space community creative reuse hub in Shoreham-by-Sea since April 2022.

These are some of the people involved in running activities at The Circular Space:

I'm Emily. I'm a director and cofounder of Over the Moon (as well as chief designer of giant rainbows!). I set up and now manage The Circular Space.

I have a lifelong creative reuse habit and am passionate about spreading the joys of breathing new life into unwanted materials. I love to collaborate and bring people together for creative projects.

Upcoming activity sessions I'm running:

S.T.E.A.M. Sundays (drop in, second and fourth Sunday mornings of the month) together with Claire.

Crafty Coffee Mornings (drop in, Wednesday mornings)

I'm Liz. I'm a director of Over the Moon and involved in running The Circular Space.

In 2009 I completed my degree in Mixed Media Textiles. I am passionate about reusing textiles and wrote my dissertation about sentimental items and their importance, so I'm excited to be running a Sew a Keepsake course at The Circular Space.

Upcoming activity sessions I'm running:

Sew a Keepsake

I'm Gill, running a recent creative markmaking session in the picture here. I am a director of Over the Moon.
I trained in Stage Design and for years ran costume departments at the two London opera houses. Since then I freelanced as an arts project/event production manager but have now retired which gives me more time to do my own work, design,  painting, sewing, embroidery and textile art. With two friends I founded The Clothes Lab. We believe in reducing the amount of clothing waste by creative mending and recycling and run courses in this as well as the arty design stuff of course.

Upcoming activity sessions I'm running:

Upcycled Streetwear 

FOLD! Adur Art Trail workshop

LIBERATE! Adur Art Trail workshop

Hello, I'm Sarah. I grew up in a house that looked like The Scrap Space! My mum ran an art afterschool club from our back room and we were always creating homemade costumes, cards and gifts growing up. I have now continued this with my own two children...although I now try and store as much of the stuff at The Scrap Space as possible! 
I am an experienced early years teacher and enjoy using loose parts and providing child led play experiences which has led me to run Creative Cow sessions at The Circular Space. I see opportunities for play and creativity in a whole host of random objects and love to help others see the many possibilities of reusing things that may have otherwise gone to waste.

Upcoming activity sessions I'm running:

Creative Cow (drop in for accompanied preschoolers, Thursdays termtime)

Hi, I'm Debbie.
I have a degree in Visual and Performing Arts, a teaching qualification and experience of tutoring many different art groups.

My own work is based on celebrating the beauty of the natural world. I create paintings and drawings using key themes of florals, landscapes
and seascapes as well as people in everyday life.

My passion is for working from direct observation in the field. paintings are vibrant and colourful using acrylic paint.

My drawings include fast, energetic illustrations capturing people going about their daily lives in ordinary, unsuspecting places. Typical scenes are cafes and parks, drawn quickly before the subject leaves the vicinity!

Upcoming activity sessions I'm running:

Introduction to Watercolours one day workshop

Introduction to Mixed Media 6 week course

Introduction to Drawing one day workshop

Introduction to Painting one day workshop

Mixed Media one day workshop

I’m Suzie and I’m an experienced primary school teacher who loves all things creative and story related.  After studying English and Drama at school, gaining a Psychology degree and a teaching qualification, I have always been interested in people and their stories.  I’m passionate about encouraging children to write for fun, creating characters and story worlds using their imaginations; using role-play, drama and props to explore their own ideas.  I have successfully completed Writing for Children and Young Adult courses where I have studied the craft of story telling, voice and structure.  I am currently exploring illustrations as another way to tell stories, including colourful graphic novels and comic books.  I love working with children as they have the best ideas for wacky characters, fascinating places and quite often ludicrous plot lines!  Create a Story Club allows children to create their own stories in a fun and interactive environment using their own interests and ideas. 

Upciming activity sessions I'm running:

Create a Story Club

My name is Lucy. I studied at the Arts Educational school, where I found my love for sculpture, photography and all of the arts. I then went on to work in fashion , catwalks and editorial doing  hair dressing and make up in London , Brighton and Australia. I worked at Pinewood  and Shepperton film studios doing prosthetics and special effects.
Recently I have been focusing on my shoe sculpture and my Messy Maker classes .
I adore working with children and I love being creative and I think it’s important to let kids be free with their imagination. My ideas are always fun and I love to try using different techniques.
I look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming sessions I'm running:

Messy Makers 

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I'm Claire and I'm an artist, arts facilitator/educator and musician.
I grew up in London, did some early art training there and then spent my young adult years working as a musician. When my son started school I returned to college to complete my training, studying Art & Anthropology at Goldsmiths College. I moved to Worthing with my family 10 years ago and began to design and run art sessions.
I have a broad experience working with young people - including those with neurodivergencies - home educators, families and adults; with museums, schools, festivals and other arts organisations; in outreach work and in-house sessions. I have organised large scale arts events, most locally for Sea of Lights in Lancing, made huge lanterns, designed and built 4 large mosaics for Victoria Park in Worthing, constructed several life size characters entirely out of recyclable materials for an installation at St.Paul's Worthing, amongst many other projects and workshops for myself and other arts organisations. Most recent work has been for Brighton Dome Family Heritage project in 2022, for Over The Moon, and evening art & making sessions for adults at The Toad Pub, Worthing. Future stuff involves showing at Worthing Artist Open Houses in June 2023, designing and facilitating a couple of courses for Northbrook College's Adult & Leisure learning dept and preparing for an exhibition of work at Colonnade House in 2024. PS I still play guitar!
www.instagram.com/clairelemmon

Upcoming sessions I'm running:

After School Art Club (age 10+ - waiting list)

S.T.E.A.M. Sundays (drop in, second and fourth Sunday mornings of the month) together with Emily.

Drawing Space informal drawing meetup

Bookcraftery

Macrame for beginners

Holiday Art Club: Lino print with colour

Holiday Art club: Pokemon

Holiday Art Club: Masks, Horns and Headgear

Screenprinting on Fabric

Holiday Art Club: Repeat Pattern Stamping on Fabric

Holiday Art Club: Drawing

Holiday Art Club: Collage with Vinyl and Mixed Media

Holiday Art Club: Painting with Acrylics

Holiday Art Club: Screenprinting a T-shirt

Holiday Art Club: Monoprinting and Monotyping

Holiday Art Club: Mosaics

Holiday Art Club: Books, Maps and Zines

Holiday Art Club: Macrame keyrings, bracelets, feathers

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I'm Clare and I've been teaching Art and Design for over 20 years. I started out with a degree in Fine Art Painting and a PGCE in Secondary Art teaching and have been learning and developing my knowledge of Art and education ever since. I adore teaching and working with people, especially teenagers! I love finding ways of helping people to see, think about and record what is around them. I believe that working creatively in an artistic environment gives us all the chance to acquire and develop skills such as independence, communication, tenacity, resilience and creative problem solving as well as the more obvious art skills. 

We often need an opportunity to think in a different way, to work in a safe and secure environment where we can take risks, challenge ourselves and grow, and I enjoy offering
these opportunities.

Upcoming sessions I'm running:

Textiles & Art for Teens: Stitched Portraits

Textiles & Art for Teens: Festival Art & Textiles

Textiles & Art for Teens / Holiday Art Club: 3D portraits

Textiles & Art for Teens / Holiday Art Club: Neon Nature Screenprinting

Textiles & Art for Teens / Holiday Art Club: All Things Stitched

Textiles & Art for Teens / Holiday Art Club: Painted Things

I'm Karolyn. I’m a Printmaker and Illustrator based in Shoreham-by-Sea, with a passion for the natural environment, history and our local community. I’ve undertaken a wide range of commissions from cover designs, posters, jigsaw puzzles and greeting cards to large scale murals, banners and way-finding monoliths. I also run a range of printmaking workshops to adults of all ages and abilities. There is more information about me on my website at www.karolynmnich.co.uk/.

I'm running workshops this summer as part of A Summer of Print, supported by Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commission 2023.

Upcoming sessions I'm running:

Experiment with Relief Printing

Lino printing

Mixed Media Relief Printing

Screen Printing on Paper

Collagraph Printing

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Hi, I'm Laura. I work in the Scrap Space. After taking my daughter to Over the Moon activities, going to some painting classes, helping make blankets at the coffee mornings and helping spruce up the Circular Space premises, I decided to volunteer on a regular basis. I love being part of a community project that has sustainability at its heart, whilst making craft materials affordable for more people. I really enjoy seeing people's reactions when they walk into the Scrap Space for the first time and watching excited kids hunt for something that sparks their imagination.

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I'm Mary and I do both gardening and poetry at The Circular Space!

I live with both autism and chronic physical health issues. I struggle with the physical work it takes to grow food on an allotment. I wanted to create an opportunity for people like me so have opened a small community organic container gardening project where we grow everything from organic seed in peat free organic compost in every kind of container. We are just beginning at our site outside The Circular Space. All the people who work voluntarily in the garden are autistic. We all love being outdoors and contributing to our local community. Our long term aim is to grow organic herbs, salads, vegetables and fruit to donate to a food bank and to grow specific crops to provide ingredient for fresh soup for people coming into The Circular Space in the autumn and the winter months. To read more about the project please visit our Facebook page.

I’ve been writing and performing poetry for 7 years. I find writing so helpful because it’s a place where I can safely express everything that’s happening for me in the moment. It’s like I’m having a conversation with myself. Performing the poetry I have written at open mic is both nerve wracking and totally thrilling. I love that people take the time after my performances to tell me how they relate to my words and are often emotionally moved by them. By both writing and perform I get to exercise great courage and develop my natural skills and increase my self confidence and I feel very thankful for this. I started hosting a monthly poetry writers group 6 months ago because I wanted to share my skills and encourage other Shoreham poets to both write and perform their work. We are a small group. who meet to write then read out to one another. From the feedback I’m hearing, the group members feel more confident about both their writing and performing in public
To read my poems feel free to visit my Facebook page.
 

Upcoming sessions I'm running:

#BringIt poetry meetup

We have been funded by:

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