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Creative co-operation behind launch of artistic businesses

Photographer Tim Cooke and Kat Angelini of Ang Designs Jewellery at the new artist co-operative THe WoBbly ShOp, Todmorden.

Photographer Tim Cooke and Kat Angelini of Ang Designs Jewellery at the new artist co-operative THe WoBbly ShOp, Todmorden.

TWO new businesses have opened with the aim of adding to the artistic scene in Todmorden.

THe WoBbly ShOp and Ang Designs, on Burnley Road, plan to become an artists’ resource centre in the town, running workshops for creative people.

More than 50 people attended the launch event, at which they had a chance to take a look around and see what is on offer.

Julie Forshaw, of THe WoBbly ShOp, hopes to build on their existing customer base.

“It’s going ok so far,” she said.

“The launch was really good. There was quite a lot of interest on the day.

“We were a market stall before so we already have a customer base.”

THe WoBbly ShOp takes its inspiration from “The Wobblies” who, since 1905, have been an international union otherwise known as the Industrial Workers of the World.

The shop aims to offer high quality goods that are mainly produced co-operatively and locally and not in pursuit of large profits.

“There will be an educational side to the business,” Julie said.

“We are planning on doing workshops soon, hopefully starting after Christmas.”

Kat Angelini, of Ang Designs, has had success on the arts and crafts markets throughout Europe and has come to set up her store in Todmorden.

She uses a variety of materials to create jewellery designs with a modern twist.

Each piece is hand-crafted and unique.

 

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