home: event [ life drawing ]
We are constantly looking for new art prints, new artists, new designers, new print makers, new illustrators, new typographers and other creatives to admire and use their work to adorn our walls. We create gallery walls, look for originals in second shops and markets, read up on latest trends and often just fall in love with a piece and frame it.
Figurative work has long been popular but there are more modern styles of work emerging in the last few years and it’s strong trend being seen in the big name print houses and interiors stores. But how about having something more unique, getting creative yourself and trying your hand at a new skill.
Life drawing classes can be found in all the major cities and towns, in art schools, colleges, community centres, church halls… it’s always good to check local press for latest information
Explore life drawing and perhaps get to create your own art for your wall, discover a talent or just simply for fun and enjoyment and to then run off and buy somebody else’s work but appreciate even more the work and talent behind it.
Search the internet for classes in your area or work from home with photography and invest in a good tutorial book like Life Drawing or Life Drawing in 15 Minutes
home: event [ upholstery ]
Set in East London this upholstery workshop and school offer a wealth of courses with great guidance and expertise.
The Shoreditch Design Rooms are based at 2-4 Scawfell Street,
(just off Hackney Road)
Shoreditch Design Rooms has established itself as the most innovative and successful upholstery training centre in the country, offering small class sizes, expert tuition and direct links for its students to the design and furniture industries. Giving our students the experience, knowledge and expertise on one hand whilst encouraging them to think for themselves and to be bold and creative on the other is the basis of what we try to do here. We care about our students deeply – please find out about the many different ways we offer far more and go way beyond the normal hours and standard syllabuses of each upholstery course and class.
home: event [ M. Y. O ]
M. Y. O [ Make Your Own ] is a creative space for adults to take part in workshops, work on your own craft or just hang out and relax.
With studios in Borough and Peckham, M. Y. O offers you the chance to learn some new creative skills, in a great environment with no pressure.
Creative classes include, ceramic painting, decoupage, pottery, calligraphy and illustration. It’s a great place to take a group of friends for an afternoon, and you can bring your own booze!!
Head to myo.place for classes and bookings.
home: event [ craft classes ]
Creating something yourself for your home is so rewarding.
Rag rug making is fun, accessible for all ages and a great way to bring colour into the home.
Search through at CraftClasses.com and find a class near you across the UK to have a go at making your own.
Prices from £30
home: event [ wood workshop ]
Signed Designs is the welcoming, small North London based woodwork workshop offering great classes to learn a variety of woodworking skills and produce a choice of a few different final projects including spice rack and planter.
These friendly carpentry classes are weekend based. The fun but focused classes range from 4 to 18 hour courses and are limited to three students per class to ensure dedicated tutoring.
Prices start from £68 to £240
home: made [ crate shelving ]
Adaptable for any space, size or colour, we love this tutorial we found, for making cool shelving from old vintage wooden crates.
Wooden crates can be found at vintage fairs, eBay, carboot sales and other vintage selling outlets plus there is now ‘new’ versions that can be bought in plain wood.
Then you’ll need a drill, screws, wood glue and your choice of stain, varnish or paint.
Nifty tutorial HERE
home: made [ towel loops ]
With a nod to our favourite style providers, the Scandinavians, these wooden beaded towel holders are simple to make and look great in a bathroom or kitchen.
This simple tutorial from SpoonForkBacon is easy to follow and can be adapted in size and colour depending on your interior preference. Beads and the leather straps can be ordered online from a craft supplier or there is plenty of choice on eBay, and then you just need a length of pliable wire that is slim enough to fit through the holes in the beads. The wooden beads can be dyed, varnished or stained to which ever colour suits the room.
This great project could be made large for bath towels, great in a kitchen for a tea towel or other areas in the home could look lovely as a decorative feature.
home: event [ West Elm x 91 Magazine workshops ]
West Elm champion small brands and supporting them with pop ups and workshops held regularly at their central London store on Tottenham Court Road store.
This November there is a collection of workshops and brands brought together by the fabulous 91 magazine. This pop up collaboration, inspired by the A/W issue of the magazine, unites lovely brands and makers in a four day event combining selling, talks and workshops.
The four day pop up event includes learning how to make a wall hanging, basic weaving, produce clay decorations and talks include learning all about bringing hygge in your home.
Visit to see brands including:
91 Magazine, Blue Bird Tea Co, Botanique Workshop, Lollipop Designs, The Lovely Drawer, Nancy Straughan, Reste and Roco.
17-20th November 2016
209 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 7PN
home: event [ pottery classes ]
Take part in superb classes to learn new skills in pottery and ceramic making with the experts at Turning Earth.
Courses are either 8 or 12 weeks long and are at their gorgeous East London studio.
Our beautiful studio occupies two large, glass-fronted railway arches on the Kingsland Viaduct, between Hoxton and Haggerston overground stations.
Courses are taught by professional ceramic artists Sharon Virtue, Tessa Barrett, Ben Sutton, Stine Dulong (designer at SkandiHus) and Sarah Hall.
Keep update with new course details and how to book here
Railway Arches 361-362, Whiston Road London E2 8BW
home: event [ calligraphy ]
The typography trend has been growing over the last couple of years – letters of the alphabet used on ceramics, quotes and slogans used on soft furnishings and art, the ideas are endless. A once popular skill making a comeback is calligraphy: the art of of producing decorative handwriting with a pen or brush. If you have ever thought you wanted to give it a go then why not sign up for a class at Liberty department store in London.
During their Brush Lettering class you will be introduced to contemporary brush lettering, and then guided through the techniques of brush strokes and creating shapes and letters. By the end of the workshop you’ll be well on your way to developing your own brush lettering style.
£60 [ class cost includes a kit of calligraphy materials to use in class and to take home with you ]
Sat 25th June – 12pm – 2:30pm
Sat 25th June – 3:30pm – 6pm
Visit the website liberty.co.uk for booking and contact details.