A Hope & Elvis day is a great experience set in an large inspirational studio full of warmth, materials and great food. You will receive a friendly welcome, expert guidance from artist amd makers of the highest order and have time, materials and space to explore your creativity. If you are coming far please let me know if you need any help with local places to stay to make a relaxed weekend away.

Booking Information

Full payment is required to secure bookings. Please use the Paypal links or to pay by cheque or bank transfer please email me at bookings@hopeandelvis.com and I will save you the seat if available. Bookings will be confirmed asap by Emma who works part time hours, so please dont panic if you dont recieve an email by return. In the event of a cancellation payments are are non refundable but if the place is filled credit may be given to be used for future workshops.

New Night Classes.

Life Drawing with Artist Julian Bray

21st, 28th February . 7th, 14th, 21st,  28th March

Julian’s 6-week life drawing classes will gently guide you through the process of life drawing. Using a mixture of quick and longer poses you will explore form, composition, line and tone. Julian’s specially designed classes will help you explore your creativity irrespective of if you are a complete beginner or would like to introduce another dimension to your own creative identity. £120  6-9pm inc materials 

Mending with Celia Pym. 24th Feb Knit (Full) 25th February Woven Fabric

Celia Pym is an artist who was shortlisted for the inaugural Loewe and BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize in 2017. She has been exploring mending since 2007 with extensive experience of small everyday holes, at heels, elbows, in pockets as well as working on more dramatic damage, from water damage, animal nesting and moths issues. Celia says “she likes that darning is often small acts of care and paying attention to where things fray and wear. 
This mending workshop explores textile repair, how you do it and why you do it. You will develop skills in woven fabric including, Boro and patching. Please bring along any damaged items that you would like to discuss repair options for. Darning materials will be provided and will suit all abilities.*Photo credits Michele Panzeri and Sophie Robehmed. £75 inc lunch.

Julian Bray. Life drawing –How to understand the structure of the human form.7th & 8thApril

Julian is a commercial painter and has coordinated an art foundation course for 20 years on which he taught life drawing and illustration, which allowed students to develop a portfolio for progression onto their chosen degree course at university.
He uses his drawing skills daily in his painting commissions and believes them to be fundamental to all aspects of creative work. His sessions will introduce students to the rudiments of observational drawing as taught in art schools including structure, tone and line and will help beginners and the more experienced to develop their skills.

Life Drawing is a subject that has always been a core part of art education but its accessibility has become increasingly limited as night classes have been removed from art school provision. We feel this is a poor state of affairs since it is valued highly by artists at all levels, and so we welcome the opportunity to offer this subject

This intensive structured 2 day course will help you to see the human body clearly and introduce you to ways in which it can be depicted. This will serve as a refresher for those students familiar with how the subject is taught in art schools, and provide inquisitive beginners with a rigorous insight into new ways of approaching this discliplne.10-4  £150.00 all equipment and materials provided. Buffet lunch. For examples of Julian’s paintings visit: julianbraypaintings.com

Sue Brown. Gum Arabic Transfer & Mixed Media Sketchbooks. 14th & 15th April  

Sue Brown is an artist who uses printmaking to tell stories. Inspired by process as much as nature, her work springs from the pages of sketchbooks, and she develops carefully researched themes, experimenting with collagraph, mono print and gum arabic transfer.
Last years workshop was so well received that we have extended the opportunity over two days so that you can fully explore mixed media techniques that will stimulate your creative self.  
If you are thinking, “I don’t know what is my creative self” then this is the perfect chance to find out.  A sketchbook can be scary so spend 2 days learning stimulating and creative techniques to get over the fear of the blank page. You may wish to develop starting points for new projects or just spend the weekend playing with materials and techniques. Sue is very well equipped to lead you through the possibilities of mediums including Gum Arabic transfer.  This new process has the versatility to make prints from old photographic images and text that can be applied to cloth or paper. Together with a variety of mixed media techniques using ink, oil pastel, bleach and acrylic you will learn how to create personal sketchbook pages and artist books. £150 two days inc buffet lunch & materials. 10-4pm Full Please email if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

Peas & Needles 28th or 29th April LoomWeaving/Macrame/Natural Dyes     

We spotted Lucy’s work on Instagram and were bowled over by her contemporary take on weaving. Her use of colour and rich textures make her work unique. Born without a sense of smell Lucy believes her awareness of complimentary colour has been heightened to compensate.  We have designed this weekend to cover all of her making skills from weaving, macramé to natural dyeing. Independent days but they do compliment themselves well to make a weekend of it.

Loom Weaving 28th April

Using a handcrafted lap loom Lucy will firstly guide you through material and tools before moving on to demonstrating warping up, rya knots (tassels) and tabby weave. Once you have that mastered Lucy will introduce lots of techniques including soumak weaving with roving, loops and how to create different textures and also finishing techniques. You will also explore colour, composition and texture to create a beautiful piece of weaving that can be hung and admired.  £90 inc lunch and materials and lap loom to take home.

Macrame Hanger & Natural Dyes 29th April

Gone are the days of macramé in the 1970’s, this beautiful textural art of knotting is experiencing a contemporary revival. The possibilities are endless but the project of the day will be to create a plant or potholder that covers the basic knots. There may chance to make a double hanger but you will definitely be able to incorporate beads and copper pipe into your work if you choose. Later in the day Lucy will teach you about the natural dyeing process and how to develop an array of colour swatches from seasonal dye plants.  £75 inc lunch 10-4pm

The Makings of Mrs Bertimus. 5th or 6th May

Mrs Bertimus is an outstanding fine art tutor and professional artist.   Over the last year she has developed a new body of work that celebrates pencil and paper, which has resulted in a wonderful array of characters emerging.  Super generous Mrs B is sharing these new techniques for the first time and you could not be in better hands if you are looking to improve your creative skills and confidence.

Mrs Bracken, Miss Briar and Other Friends, Drawing and collaging with vintage papers.

French papers, hand written scripts and vintage papers have been the inspiration for Mrs B’s new work. The intent of the day will be to create an animal character using vintage papers, scrips and scraps
and a little bit of drawing. Mrs B will provide tips on techniques, templates and designs, and is suitable for all levels of drawing experience. Full. Please email Mrs Bertimus Waiting List if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

Madame Gris and Monsieur Le Dandy, Collaging with painted papers.

Guided by Mr’s B comprehensive mixed media knowledge you will prepare painted papers and make a collaged character. This is suitable for all levels of drawing experience, you can make your own hare or fox using the templates provided by Mrs Bertimus, or you can make your own creature of choice. £75 inc lunch, cake & materials. 10-4pm Full. Please email Mrs Bertimus Waiting List if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

Mandy Pattullo 18th, 19th, 20th May

Mandy Patullo treasures the old and worn. She refashions, re-cycles and reuses very old and often disintegrating quilts into textile collages and garments, usually embellishing with simple embroidery and traditional appliqué. We are one of her favourite places to visit and as such has given us three days of her time.

Seed Heads Friday 18th May

As autumn arrives our flowers and weeds go to seed, producing beautiful seed pods, skeletal forms and silhouettes. Celebrate this change in the garden with a workshop that refers to the work of print maker Angie Lewin and other artists who have used a subtle colour palettes and line to create nature compositions. You will work on to an old piece of quilt with a fairly loose appliqué, to give some body to your shapes, which will be embroidered with a series of stitches, which reflect the forms of nature and concentrate on linear expression. £75.00 inc lunch & materials 10-4pm Full Please email if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

Folk Art Appliqué Saturday 19th May

Mandy is inspired by the naivety and simplicity of folk art design, particularly early American appliquéd quilts which were often about life on the homestead. Working on to a very precious piece of quilt you will learn to work up a design and appliqué based on a folk art design. Mandy will provide you with plenty of motifs and ideas to choose from including hearts and flowers, birds in bushes, log cabins and folksy houses, domestic animals. You will enjoy further decorating your piece with embroidery stitches to create your own contemporary folk art inspired heirloom piece. £75.00 Full Please email if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

Sea and Shore Birds Sunday 20th May

Hope and Elvis may be far from the sea side but you can create a piece of work which reflects your memories of the changing colours of the sea and shore and place a favourite bird on your beach! In this workshop you will initially create a background and then use Mandy’s textile collage and hand stitching techniques to work up a portrait of a favourite coastal or salt marsh bird such as a seagull, kittiwake, tern, sanderling, oyster catcher, heron. Bring a bird identification book with you and don’t worry if you can’t draw as templates will be provided or can be constructed on the day. Full Please email Sea & Shore Birds Waiting list if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

Leah Halliday. 2nd & 3rd June. Pattern Cutting/ Dressmaking/ Make an A-Line Skirt

Leah is a trained fashion designer and her eye for detail, knowledge of couture finishing combined with her experience as a sewing tutor and fashion lecturer makes Leah the perfect person to help you master pattern cutting basics and dressmaking skills.

Have you always wanted to learn how to draft your own garment patterns and create clothes with the perfect fit. An A-line skirt is the perfect pattern for the beginner dressmaker plus it’s a flattering skirt shape too. On this two day workshop enjoy the complete garment process from start to finish. Master the essentials of pattern cutting while you learn to draft patterns for an A-Line Skirt using your own body measurements. Then learn to sew your skirt and understand the basic principles of dressmaking in the process. On day one of the workshop you'll be introduced to pattern cutting terminology, equipment and essential methods needed to create patterns. You'll sew a toile from your initial pattern and then transfer adjustments to your pattern pieces. Leah will guide you step by step to produce a pattern that will create a well-fitting garment you will be proud of. She will share how to make simple pattern adjustments to your skirt pattern to adapt the style. On day two you’ll learn how to construct a simple A-line skirt using your own personal pattern with an invisible zip and a faced waistline. Guided step by step through the garment making process and learning dressmaking skills from seam finishes, facings, interfacing, under/top stitching, sewing an invisible zip, over locking, hems and hand finishing. PLEASE NOTE: Pattern cutting involves some basic maths and you will also need to have some sewing machine skills. £150 10-4pm Buffet Lunch

Jessie Chorley 9th or 10th June

Jessie is returning to Hope and Elvis in 2018 with two embroidery and appliqué workshops. She will show you how she uses her needle and favourite threads as her drawing tools to both illustrate with and also to incorporate and secure found items of interest. Collecting items to incorporate into her work is a large part of her practice and the Sunday workshop she will focus on her passion for collecting vintage children’s and dolls clothes.

Blanket & Quilt Stories. 9th June

Working on vintage quilts and blankets Jessie will demonstrate embroidered text using couching and backstitch as well as filling in larger areas using her signature fine running stitch. You will be able to work directly into some of Jessie’s hand cut lino print illustration and use her personal collection of embroidery threads. Jessie will also cover finishing and backing pieces so they are ready to be hung in your own home once completed. £75.00 inc lunch & materials 10-4pm Full    

Embroidered Story Garments. 10th June

A free style workshop that will enable you to create an art piece inspired by Jessie's work with the found garment. Working directly onto clothing with fine embroidery you will create simple narratives and scenes by hand stitching and appliqué as a form of drawing. Jessie will help you consider composition and meaning as well as demonstrating her unique stitch techniques. You are advised to bring an item of children’s or dolls clothing but there will be a selection for sale on the day. £75 lunch & materials 10-4pm

Lisa Stickley. Characters & Collage 30th June

Designer & children’s author Lisa Stickley regularly draws on objects and patterns from days gone by for inspiration. She loves things that have been on a journey, have a bit of a history, and finds imperfection extremely endearing. Lisa’s working methods reflect this too. She uses many different processes in her illustration, and finished drawings will have been on a bit of a journey themselves, resulting in a modern piece of work that has a hint of vintage and a drop of quirkiness.
This exclusive workshop was inspired when Lisa saw a photograph of Jenny, a very loved soft toy dog in need of repair that belonged to Louise’s daughter Kitty. She instantly saw Jenny had a story to tell and captured it beautifully in a drawing that the family will treasure. Imagine bringing your own favourite toy or character to life in picture form? This is a chance to evolve your own drawings through line and paper cutting. Lisa will teach you the tools you need to explore alternative ways of image making including mono printing and collage techniques. This could be start of you own book and tribute to a threadbare companion of childhood or a way to learn illustration techniques from a master source. We have a suitcase of found beloved objects for inspiration if you don’t have that raggedy friend to hand. £75 inc lunch and materials

Claire Wellesley Smith, Slow Colour and Stitch 7th and 8th July 2018

Claire Wellesley-Smith is a textile artist educator specialising in projects that use local, natural colour, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants. Using traditional techniques her work explores the relationships between craft, health and the natural environment.   

This two day site-specific workshop will use the landscape around the Hope & Elvis studio as inspiration for textile-based work. It will begin with a walk from the studio observe marks and mending in the landscape and built environment. Using found marks to inspire simple mordant prints, local dyes collected around the studio, piecing and hand stitch we will explore ideas that evoke a quality or sense of place informed by this unique location. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and will include time spent both inside and outside the studio. £150.00 inc lunch and materials. 10-4pm

Nature & Thread Therapy with Marna Lunt. 14th & 15th July

Marna is a renowned textile artist whose work is influenced by her fine art background and her work is akin to drawing with a needle. Using colours and textures her painstaking hand stitched pictorial artworks are full of life and personality, which is a description that perfectly matches her.  

In 2016 Marna featured in pilot for BBC3 Make! Craft Britain. The program demonstrated her work and talent for hand embroidery whilst capturing her warmth and inclusive approach to creativity. Over the past year she has been led by botanical projects and has reinstated her roots in drawing. On this exclusive two day retreat Marna will gently lead you through both her artistic and stitch processes to capture the beauty in nature.

“Starting with a walk in the grounds of the Welbeck estate we will feel the weather, listen to the landscape and discuss our experiences of the surroundings. We will explore the shapes and feelings of colours, the details often forgotten about when creating. Then back at the studio we will get the paints out to describe the landscape or foliage we have seen. You will be well supported in this and Marna will gently guide you through painting blocks, mixing colours, layering and washes to demonstrate how simple shapes can portray the landscape easily. We will then expand on our experiments with paint by stitching into the paper and paint sketches we have created. 

Interpreting and transferring our findings we will work onto fabric on day two, focusing on the technique named thread painting. Marna will demonstrate shading and painting with thread where colours, tones and textures are blended to create powerful images. Working on either a simple linen ground or on top of appliqué you will begin to translate your botanical studies into an embroidery project that will remind you of the time you made for yourself with like-minded people and hopefully revitalise your creative soul. £150.00 inc lunch and materials. 10-4pm

Jane Bevan. Noticing and Working with Nature 2nd September

Jane Bevan is a Derbyshire artist with a passion for English woodlands, who forages for natural materials which she ties, stitches and binds together to make her artworks. Her materials are those that might otherwise be trodden on or overlooked, such as feathers, twigs, bark, seeds and thorns reflecting the beauty and perfection in the detail of nature. Jane is the author of Craft From Natural Materials, published by Bloomsbury in 2013. 

Join us in a stroll around the local area, collecting seasonal examples of nature to use alongside materials provided by the artist. Back in the workshop we will experiment with an exhaustive range of techniques such as tying, cutting, knotting, twining, plaiting and hand stitching to assemble small sculptural artworks. We will use waxed linen thread; florist wire; natural string made from vine; grass; reeds and plant stems for a truly organic rustic experience. Prepare to be surprised by the range and quality of playful artwork that can be created from found natural materials and a desire to create. £75 inc lunch.

Richard McVetis. Contemporary Embroidery 22nd September 

We are delighted to welcome back Richard McVetis who is an artist-maker, known for his meticulously embroidered drawings and objects. Richard studied at Embroidery at Manchester School of Art and Textiles at The Royal College of Art.   This is an exciting opportunity to explore the enormous scope of embroidery, create fascinating textures and patterns and combine stitches to mark make. This experimental approach draws on the imagination of each participant and the aim is to develop traditional hand embroidery skills, to translate your own your thoughts and inspiration into stitch to develop an understanding of embroidery as a contemporary art medium. Richard will be on hand to guide and inspire you through the workshop drawing on his ten years of stitching experience. This is also a chance to unwind, slow down and experience the benefits of this craft process. £75 inc lunch. 

Emily Jo Gibbs. Illustrative pictures, working with silk organza 6th & 7th October

Emily Jo Gibbs is a British Artist who over the last two decades has established an international reputation for her exquisite work. She has received significant critical acclaim and is a member of Contemporary Applied Arts and the 62 Group of Textile Artists. This workshop brings a fresh textile technique to the programme utilising sheer fabric layers to create portraits and still life representations.

Emily has given us a complete run down of the weekends activities “From your own drawings and/or photographs as a starting point, you’ll make test pieces using layers of sheer fabrics, silk paint and hand stitch, to decide how to interpret your image. Play with the colour created by combining different coloured organza’s. Look at how light and shade can be created with different shaped layers of the same colour. See how you can use different stitches including running stitch, couching and French knots to create different effects. Experiment with stitch length and density. Thinking about the composition, you will create a paper collage to work from, this may include drawings, photographs and text. Then you will learn how to transfer your images on to translucent fabrics using a variety of media including pencil, watercolour and silk paint. Putting what you’ve learnt into practice; create the backdrop for your stitched illustration by building layers and areas of coloured organza, then apply hand stitched areas to bring your work to life with texture and colour, as you work up your finished image.” So as you can see it’s going to be a full weekend! £160.00 inc lunch and materials. 10-4pm

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