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August 25, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques Advice — David

A Sussex church charity is raising funds with a series of Victorian arts and crafts workshops – and supporting the cause of sustainable recycling at the same time.

Revive is a unique charity supporting the work of Crawley Community Church (CCC), as well as a number of other charitable groups. With the catchy tagline of Reduce, Recycle, Revive!, its aims will be familiar to anyone in the Ribble Valley who has an antique desk purchased from an ‘Antiques Are Green’ dealer. By encouraging people to recycle, repair or reinvent their clothes and other goods – rather than throwing things away and replacing them with new ones – the amount of waste going to the landfill is reduced and precious resources are conserved. The charity also holds regular knitting, crochet and jewellery-making sessions, encouraging a more natural and sustainable approach to fashion.

As collectors of fine furniture in Lancashire know, an antique chest or cabinet offers beauty, functionality and quality of design. Revive has now tapped into this current craze for all things retro with a series of one-day Vintage Altered Art Workshops, hosted by a local company specialising in the kind of arts and crafts our Victorian forebears were familiar with. Covering everything from scrapbooks to pocket watches, pupils receive expert tuition and take home a truly unique piece.

The Vintage Altered Art workshop held on 17th August taught learners how to make a Victorian-style shadowbox – a type of display case with military origins. Antique dealers in Cumbria and Lancashire occasionally have 19th Century shadowboxes for sale, although mementos can look equally attractive displayed in a glass-fronted antique cabinet.

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