Hazel is an artist with a background in teaching art & craft lessons primarily through local authority. In early 2011 she had the opportunity to convert a former car showroom in Bildeston into an inspirational space dedicated to helping people find and develop their creativity. Brook Farm Studio now runs regular classes taught by Hazel and a number of other local artists and technicians in painting, felting and textiles, figurative drawing and a craft group in which a variety of subjects and techniques are explored. For children there is a monthly craft club.. In addition there are half day and day length workshops on Saturdays in a wide range of subjects. As well as a teaching space Brook Farm Studio has a wide range of unique and individual gifts and cards, many created on the premises, for sale in the shop, with prices starting from under £5.
Hazel was signposted to Menta by Babergh District Council to help her develop a business plan and financial forecasting with a purpose of applying for a local grant. This was achieved and supported Hazel in the set up of Brook Farm Studio which is still running today.
As a business start-up it's great to have an idea but there's so much more to starting a business than that.
Without MENTA I would have had no compass, they showed me the way, they pointed out the pitfalls and encouraged me when I was flagging. I'm not sure I could have done it without them.