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EmptyChair: A World of Experiences

In an era where everyone is hunting for their next new experience, be it through travel, festivals or dining. An online platform has neatly tapped into this experience economy market and bring it straight to your fingertips.

Workshops and experiences in London

EmptyChair a UK based experiences community operates an online marketplace for workshops, classes and events. And it does exactly what it says on the tin. It helps you find an ‘empty chair’ in your local painting class, stress management workshop or tequila tasting masterclass to name a few.

EmptyChair app: Workshops and experiences in London

Via your laptop or mobile app you’re able to connect with local artisans, community craftspeople and independent studios. There really is something for everyone. Fancy upping your cooking game? You can choose from private plant-based classes, Indian cooking to molecular gastronomy techniques. A creative? How about a BYOB pottery class? There’s even a class entitled Blow Your Mind, a 1.5 hour women-only class where you learn all about the fine art of fellatio. I kid you NOT!

Sewing accessories | Workshops and experiences in London

Evening classes London

When I was invited to try out the online platform I was specifically drawn to the creative workshops and finally decided on the leather accessories evening class.

Once booked online and with my email confirmation in hand, off I trotted to a cool workspace in Bethnal Green called The Pill Box.

Leather accessories | Workshops and experiences in London

The class is just one of many courses offered by I CAN make shoes. Yes you can make shoes there too – Sandals, sneakers or heels! How cool is that?! These are either full days or for longer, I was only there for two hours. In this time you can either make a passport holder, luggage tag, key-ring, card holder or clutch bag. Obviously I went for the latter.

leather accessories | Workshops and experiences in London

Handmade leather bag

Choosing the leather I’d say was one of the hardest parts from the Aladdin’s box of beautiful off cuts.

Leather accessories | Workshops and experiences in London
Leather accessories | Workshops and experiences in London

From start to finish you’re guided through the process of making your own simple leather clutch.

Leather accessories | Workshops and experiences in London
Leather accessories | Workshops and experiences in London

You’re taught how to use the templates and learn tips on cutting the leather precisely. The most exciting part was acting all professional with the semi industrial sewing machine.

Leather accessories | Workshops and experiences in London

I think the last time I used one was in my home economics class at school. Yes millennials, there was such a thing back in the early 90s. A last ditch attempt to teach you aspects of household management before your released in the world.

Leather accessories | Workshops and experiences in London

Finally the finishing touches of the gold sam browne fastening, brings it all together and VOILA! The best two hours I’d spent doing something practical, sociable, hands on and so creative. I was so happy with my handmade clutch bag..

Handmade yellow leather clutch bag | Workshops and experiences in London

Feeling inspired? There are 1000s of bookable activities online. Each one helping hundreds of micro-entrepreneurs to monetise their passion. At the moment the platform is only London based, but there are plans to roll it out to Manchester, so watch this space.

Head to EmptyChair and use my code CPIXIE which will add £5 credit to your account. Go on…go get productive!

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Disclaimer: My leather accessories was complimentary at I CAN make shoes via EmptyChair, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.

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8 Comments

  • Bejal 21st February 2019 at 9:09 am

    I love this idea and often go to classes like this. There’s a place literally 2 minutes from me that does lots of workshops and experiences. The app concept is great and novel and a lovely way to meet people too. Shame it’s only London but its inspired me to find more closer to me. Love your purse by the way, impressive! x

    • the Curious Pixie 21st February 2019 at 2:39 pm

      You’re right Bejal! It was such a lovely evening mingling with like-minded people. As far as I know they are looking to expand to Manchester, so Leicester might be next.

  • Cristina 21st February 2019 at 7:49 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I’d love to attend a class like that. I wonder if I can find something similar in Madrid

    • the Curious Pixie 22nd February 2019 at 3:20 pm

      I’m sure there are similar things in Madrid. If not, if you’re ever in London you’ll have to plan it into your trip.

  • kerry Lifeandloves 22nd February 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Oh I love this, what a fabulous idea! I love learning new things, so this really appeals to me. I try to do a course of workshop at least once a year. I love your clutch you made, the colours are gorgeous!

    • the Curious Pixie 22nd February 2019 at 3:20 pm

      You’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy Kerry. Let me know if you do. I’m in love with my clutch.

  • Lara Oliveira 27th February 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I love this type of thing! So many fun things to do in London 🙂 And well done on that purse, looks beautiful x

    • the Curious Pixie 1st March 2019 at 2:13 am

      Thanks Lara. Loved making that clutch. Felt like I really achieved.

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