Joanne Plenderleith 


Joanne is the owner of rivers MEET and a qualified further education teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience. She is a registered Fashion and Soft Furnishings City and Guilds Verifier. She has previously worked as a theatrical costumier and Royal Armouries Museum wardrobe mistress. All mixed level sewing classes at rivers MEET are taught by Joanne.

Caroline Marshall

*Art Group*

"Caroline Marshall is a local artist who produces commissioned artworks including pastel pet portraits, acrylic landscapes and contemporary watercolour family portraits. Caroline has always had a passion for art and has attended various art groups and workshops to develop her self taught skills. There is always something new to learn! Caroline runs the weekly Art Class at Rivers MEET in term time. She likes to use her experience to help others unlock their creative potential. The class covers techniques in a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolour, pen and wash, pastel and even glass painting. Inspiration and demonstrations are included, the group provide their own materials and enthusiasm! Caroline also runs Children's Art Workshops (aged 6+) in the school holidays using artist quality materials and teaching techniques that budding young artists are not often exposed to at school. Caroline is fully DBS checked and has seven years experience of primary school teaching. Please visit 'Art Class at Rivers Meet' on Facebook to see the work produced by both the adults and children and to keep up to date with workshop dates”

Julie Hollings

 *Beginners and Junior Sewing*

Julie learned to sew from her mum and made all her own clothes when she was a teenager. Like most girls of her generation, sewing was an integral part of Julie's secondary school curriculum, and in due course those skills were put to good use making curtains and soft furnishings for her own home. Working full time halted Julie's sewing committments but when she took early retirement in 2013, she started to attend sewing classes at rivers MEET to update her skills and learn new techniques. Julie started to teach Beginner's Sewing Classes at rivers MEET in 2016 and added junior classes to her repertoire.

In addition to dressmaking and soft furnishings, Julie also does some patchwork and quilting