Ikigai: A series of Creative Workshops at Cottonopolis

You can learn how to arrange flowers, make jewellery and even make your own Christmas wreath.

By Ben Brown | 18 October 2019

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‘Ikigai’ is a Japanese word that means ‘that which makes life worth living‘. Now, I suppose this could relate to anything in the world – basically the things that make you get out of bed in the morning.

I’m trying to think now what my Ikigai is and I’m seriously struggling. The only reason I get out of bed in the morning is to come to work – mostly because I really enjoy it but also because it provides me with money in which I can waste on sweets, booze and cheese.

But I think ikigai is more akin to the things one does in life that add value – improving your daily life and doing something that relaxes you and teaches you at the same time. And this is where Cottonopolis come in.

Every Sunday they offer a series of Creative Workshops; guiding you down the path towards your very own enlightenment and perhaps just giving you a reason to get out of bed on the weekend.

Creating your own bouquets, making jewellery and even creating your own Christmas wreath – there’s a diverse range of things on offer – perfect for a nice relaxing Sunday with one of the best Brunches in town.

Here’s what’s coming up over the next few weeks…

Ring Making with Lucy Charlotte 
Sunday 20th October
Learn how to create you’re very own solid silver ring from scratch with Lucy on hand herself to teach you all the tips and tricks. You’ll learn all the skils required from annealing, forging, and soldering to cutting, filing and polishing.

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Jewellery Workshop with CAST
Sunday 27th October
The opportunity to design, and create your very own bespoke jewellery piece. You’ll be equipped with the tools and expert guidance needed to help turn jewellers wax into knockout pieces. No experience or skill-level required. Included in the price is 3 plates of Dim Sum as well as your very own hand-finished solid 925 Silver piece of jewellery.

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Christmas Wreath Workshop with Bloom HQ
Sunday 17th & 24th November
Join Bloom HQ for an afternoon of seasonal wreath making – creating a Christmas floral treat that will last the entire festive period. Perfect for your front door, although to be fair someone might nick it, so pop it somewhere inside so they don’t ruin your Christmas.

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Ikigai at Cottonopolis
Creative Workshops every Sunday

Date: Every Sunday
Time: From 1pm

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Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE
0161 236 5144