New Workshops and a Catch Up!

 A detail of one of my vessels Earth Jewels, featuring Lutradur and painted Bondaweb. This is covered in Workshop 6.

Well, who knew that a catch up and show and tell 2 weeks after a live Zoom workshop would work so well?

Whenever I taught workshops in the olden days before Covid, I would rock up to a workshop with a car load of supplies and samples and teach, have a great time with the students and then leave . . Occasionally students would send me images of work they had developed from my workshops, which was very satisfying. 

Technology had a lot to do with it of course. In the real olden days we didn't have the amazing possibilities of digital photography and all the apps we can now use. It is incredible how we can now communicate in seconds, anywhere in the world via the internet. In my lifetime as a traveling tutor I have seen so many changes. It is quite remarkable.

So - back to the present . .  My live Zoom workshops are going well, which is great. But what is going even better are the 2 hour group Show and Tells, 2 weeks after the workshops. 
It was something I really wanted to do, a get together for a couple of hours over Zoom with the whole group, comfortably chatting about how they had developed the samples they made on the workshop. Number one - it is great to see what the students have got up to since the workshop and it gives them something to work towards. But, Number 2 - it is very social. It's lovely to just sit and chat with the group, I don't have to teach, just sit and chat and eat cake . . Win win!!!
 All the workshop information and how to enrol is at the end of this blog post . . .

Painted Bondaweb decorated with gilding flake and hand stitch.  

The next workshop (Workshop 3) is at the end of this month and it is my absolute favourite. It is Creating Original Designs and Printing Blocks. Because the workshop is being delivered on Zoom I can't be with the group to help them with their design sources, I have suggested they try A Journey at home, or use another design source, of their choice.
I have taught this design exercise in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and in Jaipur, India. Jaipur is definitely the most exotic place I have taught it.

Painting Journeys in the hotel grounds in Jaipur.

Isolating sections of The Journey to create original designs in Jaipur.

The first prints of your design are always exciting.

We isolate sections of the Journey to create designs that will be used to make printing blocks. This way you are generating original designs. I am very much looking forward to seeing what the group develop at the end of the month. There a couple of places left if you fancy joining us . . 
I have uploaded this video onto my YouTube channel to give you an idea of how to paint the Journey exercise, if you wanted to have a go.
I have added a couple of Tyvek based workshops and then I thought we could have a short day playing with newspaper faux chenille for the following workshop. It doesn't take long to learn the process and the possibilities are endless.
Here are few images to give you an idea of what might be achieved in the next workshops . . .

Workshop 4 - Layering and stitching textured Tyvek with painted Bondaweb.

Workshop 5 -Layers of Tyvek and polyester organza machine stitched and then zapped with a heat gun.
Workshop 7 - The residue that is left when you distress your newspaper faux chenile, its is fabulous sprinkled onto painted Bondaweb.

Workshop 6 - A combination of Tyvek and Lutradur cut with a soldering iron.

Workshop 8 - A fabulous vessel created from Vlieseline interfacing S133 and lined with decorated newspaper.
Workshop 8 - Another vessel also create from the Vlieseline interfacing S133

 If you have any questions about the workshops, drop me an email - 

Hello Tod. 

x x x

To enrol on a workshop,
Send me an email with workshop in the subject.
Let me know which workshop(s) you are interested in,  3, 4, 5 , 6, 7 or 8.  

Along with a phone number. I will send you a PayPal invoice. 

Once this is paid - you will be on the workshop and I will send you the materials list.

All workshops are in Greenwich Mean Time



Workshop 3

Creating Original Designs and Printing Blocks  €65

Saturday 24th April 10.00 am – 4pm    2 places left 

+ Show and Tell

Saturday 8th May 10.30 – 12.30


Using your own design source, or The Journey –

you will isolate designs to use to create your own, original, printing blocks. Learn about positive and negative space, repeat and mirror prints. Try printing on different surfaces. This is a great way to create original work. Make it different



Workshop 4

Raising the Surface for Stitch  €65

Friday May 28th 10am – 4pm

+ Show and Tell Friday 11th June 10.30am – 12.30pm


Working with Bondaweb and Tyvek, along with other ways to create texture, you will develop some great raised surfaces to stitch over and across. Enjoy learning about how to work with painted Bondaweb. We will work on layering up samples during the workshop. You will be able to stich and develop more samples in the 2 weeks up to the Show and Tell. Tyvek is a fabulous product for creating interesting textures but needs to be blended into your work by using toning colours and incorporating stitch.



Workshop 5

Tinkering with Tyvek  €65

Friday June 25th – 10am – 4pm

+ Show and Tell – Friday July 9th 10.30am – 12.30pm


A day of fun and experimentation with the wonderful material TYVEK.

(Also known as ‘fibrefilm’ & fibretex’).

We will be painting and stitching, incorporating polyester organza with this wonderful medium then heating it with various tools to create fascinating textures, bowls, vessels or sculptural forms. You will need a sewing machine and a heat gun for the workshop. No aerosols or oil-based paints can be used on this workshop.



Workshop 6

Zap! Pow! Slash! & 3D  €65

Friday July 30th - 10am – 4pm

+ Show and Tell – Friday August 6th 10.30am – 12.30pm

For all those that love their heat tools or would like to know more about how to use them. We will be using irons, heat guns and soldering irons and a sewing machine on this workshop. Working with Lutradur, painted and unpainted Bondaweb, transfer foils and gilding flake. You will create various samples on the workshop to develop ready for the 2-hour Show and Tell 2 weeks after the workshop. Learn how to control heat and the effect you can achieve with it. You can work in 2 or 3D in the workshop, it’s up to you. No aerosols or oil-based paints can be used on this workshop.



Workshop 7

Newspaper Faux Chenille  €45

Friday August 27th 10 am – 1pm

+ Show and Tell – Friday September 10th 10.30am – 12.30pm


A shorter workshop. This technique is not complicated to learn and have fun with. The work will be how you develop the process ready for the Show and Tell 2 weeks later.

Working with painted and unpainted newspaper, old maps, music – whatever you have, but newspaper is my favourite. You will need a sewing machine for this workshop.




Workshop 8

Boxing clever – making boxes and decorating with backgrounds and pretties.

Friday September 24th 10am – 4pm

+ Show and Tell Friday 8th October 10.30am – 12.30pm


Create a fabulous, sparkly box ready for the festive season.

Or something more . . subtle.

We will be making larger boxes with the very firm Vlieseline S133 and smaller boxes with the more leather like Vlieseline Decovil 1. The box shapes can be cut with a scalpel/knife. Both these wonderful interfacings have glue on one side so your decoration can be ironed onto this surface. You will choose how you decorate the box, whether it is with my ‘background and pretty’ technique, or maybe newspaper faux chenille – or maybe both. You will be using recycled papers and Bondaweb and all manner of sparkle. We will look at edges and how you might join the seams of your boxes. Also, how they might be fastened, ready for you to enjoy experimenting for the 2 weeks up to the Show and Tell 2 weeks after the workshop.

If you would rather go ‘off piste’ and work on free form sculpture – that would be fine too.




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