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Makings and Musings Limited

We are at various locations in East London



makings & Musings

At Makings and Musings we offer creative workshops in London. 

We truly believe that after staring at a screen for most of the day, the best way to get out of the numbers and into a more holistic mindset is making something with your hands. Painting for us is the perfect stress relief and by focusing on what you are making in the moment you  can forget to worry about everything else that you may have going on for a while. 


We found however, that many people do not use their creativity because they believe they are 'not creative'. It is our mission to prove to these people that everyone is creative! Children are naturally drawn to making things and the only reason we lose our creativity as adults is because we tell ourselves that we have.


Well, stop saying this to yourself and come try out one of our workshops! You will be amazed to see what you can make!

We are currently running all our workshops online over live stream or to watch back as recordings.

All online classes will be freely available to all.

You are invited to make a voluntary donation if the class was of value to you.

If you would like to know more about why I decided to run classes on a gifting basis - head over to this blogpost where I explain why a gift economy feels right for Makings and Musings at the moment.

we run regular classes

and accept group bookings

We run a number of weekly workshops - have a look at the workshop calendar to see what we have on this week. Classes include painting, drawing, macrame, knitting and many more. 

Remember we also cater for group bookings.

If you are looking for something fun and creative to do for your birthday, for your hen or stag do or for a team building event, get in touch. 

We can even come to your office and host a creative event there! 



About Irene Ruby

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I started Makings and Musings wanted to follow my passion and I really love showing people their own creativity.

Being creative has brought me so much joy and I want to proof to people that you do not need to be 'good' at drawing to feel how relaxing and rewarding it is to create something. 

If you go the the blog page on this website you can read more about why I started Makings and Musings . I taIk about starting a creative business, about topics related to making art and being creative and about lots of other things that inspire me such as minimalism, the environment, how to find your passion, how to stay motivated and many more.

If you would like to have a conversation about commissioning a piece of art, please email me or fill out the contact form here

hope to meet you soon in one of my workshops,  



Why I started

Makings and Musings

Hi Everyone, 

My name is Irene and I am an illustrator and art teacher from Holland, living in London.

Before I worked as an illustrator, I studied law and I had an career in the City of London, working in Insurance. Although there were many things I loved about working in the big city, I always knew that my real passion is art . I finally made the decision to quit my job and start my own business. I am so happy to be busy pursuing my passion and although the journey is scary and full of new challenges I love every minute of it. 

Growing up I was always making and creating. From drawing a daily mermaid when I was six years old to adding flares on my jeans in high school, my room was always full with various projects that I had on the go.


The school I went to was an Steiner/Waldorf school. This means that next to the usual classes I learned to knit, felt, do woodwork, painted and we even learned how to blacksmith once a year!

The last few years I have really focused on improving my painting and drawing skills and I recently started a YouTube channel where you can follow my progress.