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.

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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 Art Evening Class: Julian Bray. Colour

16th, 23th, 30th May & 6th June.

Julian is a commercial painter and he coordinated an art foundation course for over 20 years on which he taught life drawing and illustration. He uses his drawing skills daily in his painting commissions and believes them to be fundamental to all aspects of creative work. His sessions introduce 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.

This four week series will focus on colour theory and optical mixing using oil and chalk pastels. Using still life compositions you will explore basic concepts in form, structure and proportion as well as developing a clearer understanding of colour and how you can use it creatively in your work. Perfect for those who have taken the previous classes although it is suitable for all and you will be warmly welcomed.
All equipment and materials included. 6pm - 9.pm £80.00

Peas & Needles. Loom Weaving  28th April 

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.

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.

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. £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 Full Please email if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

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.

Mending with Celia Pym. 15th & 16th September

Celia Pym is an exhibiting artist living and was shortlisted for the inaugural Loewe Craft Prize, COAM, Madrid and touring and Woman’s Hour Craft Prize in 2017. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Textiles at the RCA.  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’s interests are around the evidence of damage, through repair you look closely at where garments and cloth have got worn down and thin. In clothing this wearing is often to do with use and how the body moves. Celia says “she likes that darning is often small acts of care and paying attention to where things fray and wear. 
Mending is a 2 day workshop that explores textile repair, how you do it and why you do it. You will learn about and develop skills in woven and ‘knitted’ darning, Boro and patching. There will also be an opportunity to work on repairing any garments that you own and that have holes. Day 1 will cover knitted darning working on sweaters and socks and day 2 will cover fabric patching, working on sheets and shirts. 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. So join us for either a day or a 2 day full experience. *Photo credits Michele Panzeri and Sophie Robehmed. 

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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. £75 inc lunch. Full Please email if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

The Art of Marbling. 29th & 30th September

Carly Dorrington is an artist and marbler from England, living and working for the last 10 years in Berlin. Carly studied printed textiles and fine art and has been working between the mediums of print, textiles and painting since graduating. She has a strong passion for unique prints, techniques and using traditional materials in innovative ways. She fell in love with marbling many years ago whilst researching ancient printing techniques for a project based on reviving and recycling old silk and cotton fabrics.
Over recent years Carly set up the project space Sonder 54 in Berlin, curating workshops and exhibitions allowing artists and makers to share unique skills, as well as producing bespoke and one off items for her small label Luir. She also prints large scale marble prints on paper in her giant hand built marble bath and has recently been working with sculptural elements
Carly’s contemporary and experimental approach to marbling has taken her all over Europe in the last years teaching classes, hosting events, performances, collaborations and exhibitions.
“I don’t think of marbling as just decorative, to me it is exactly like abstract painting… only with marbling we are painting on water, so in a sense we collaborate with the elements.”
Suminagashi marbling, based on ancient Japanese printing techniques. Using traditional methods, beautiful and completely unique prints can be achieved by floating and manipulating inks on water, The swirling colours and patterns interact on the surface creating magical results. This is a very meditative technique and was traditionally used to reflect inner state of mind. Traditionally used for printing paper for poetry and silk for kimonos this technique creates magical and completely unique results.
During the Workshop Carly will share with you how to experiment with this captivating technique on paper and fabric, explaining the process, history and materials. Carly will cover her practice, basic history, all traditional materials, Contemporary materials, black and coloured Suminagashi inks, single and multiple layer printing, different formats and methods to create effects and then finally moving onto fabric, mordant process, materials and printing.
An opportunity to explore a technique that can be used in so many ways in your own creative practise. £165 inc lunch 2 day workshop.

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

Leah Halliday’s Heirloom Angels. 4th November

Designer maker Leah is every bit as wonderful as her name with a glorious sense of colour and flair for vintage.. This is a great opportunity to make a hand crafted Angel using an original pattern designed by Leah. You'll learn doll-making techniques, tips on stuffing, creating faces and hair using hand stitching techniques. Using exquisite antique and vintage fabrics, patchwork, treasured laces and other special trims collected over many years, you then get to dress her! There's a lot to achieve at this workshop so you might not get your doll completely finished but Leah will ensure you know all the techniques and skills necessary so you can hand finish your angel at home. These personalised pieces would make a perfect gift for someone special or a treasured heirloom for family to enjoy in years to come. £75 inc lunch and materials. 10-4pm


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