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 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.

*Workshops 10am - 4pm unless specified*

Marna Lunt. Precious Places. 21st. 22nd Oct.

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Leah Halliday. Heirloom Angels. 3rd Nov

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Leah Halliday’s Advent Calendar. 4th Nov

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Leah Halliday’s Heirloom Angels 5th Nov

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An Evening with Artist Julian Bray
Friday 10th November 7-9pm 

 We are delighted to announce that local artist Julian Bray will be joining team Hope & Elvis in 2018. Julian has developed courses specifically designed for people who wish to build their creative confidence.

We would like to introduce Julian by inviting you to come along for an evening where he will talk about his career as a commercial artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally, which includes our very own Harley Gallery.  Julian has a wealth of experience in teaching and developing creativity having led an art foundation course for over 20 years.  The evening promises to be full of laughter & conversation, Julian is a vibrant, charismatic character who will love to discuss with you how his classes will enable you to add another dimension to your creative practice.

A limited number of tickets will be available at £5.00 which includes refreshments and a selection of nibbles by marvellous Magie. If it wasn’t exciting enough, you will be entered into a raffle to be drawn on the night (attendees only) 1 Prize Hope & Elvis £75.00 voucher

Julian Bray
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Festive Garlands. Julia Jowett. 17th December.

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NEW FOR 2018

Jo Waterhouse. 20th January

Collage and Composition.

Jo is a collage artist. She likes to make images of things that are folky with just a touch of mundane thrown in: think Morris dancers and bungalows. She exhibits widely and has pieces in many important collections including the V&A; she is represented by The New Craftsmen of Mayfair. She and runs the stationery company with her card designs cards sold at Turner Contemporary and National Galleries of Scotland.

Exploring collage as a medium she will help you understand composition and creating visual balance. There will be a good mix of activities, discussions and solo working. She will share her working methods and here are her exciting thoughts;

“I was thinking maybe we could monoprint some sheets of textures and mark-making in the morning, let it dry after lunch then work on some collages in the afternoon - with lots of talk about composition and ways of working. The lovely twist I'd like to add for the monoprinting is that maybe we could all work off one huge inked up surface! What do you think? You can ink formica table tops easily enough or we could get a massive bit of perspex: it's just a lovely thing to do as a group. We could also make paste papers both things have the potential to be messy, hope that's ok with you! £75 inc lunch

Jo Waterhouse
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Mending with Celia Pym. 24th or 25th February 

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 darning, working on sweaters and socks and day 2 will cover 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. £75 inc lunch

Darning Knit 24th Feb
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Mending Cloth 25th Feb
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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 a great teacher and 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. Using and the humble black-and-white photocopy as your ‘plate’, you can make prints of photographic images. 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

Sue Brown 14th & 15th April
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The Makings of Mrs Bertimus. 5th or 6th May

Mrs Bertimus is an outstanding fine art tutor and professional artist. She has a wealth of experience and a personality to match, lighting up any room she walks into.  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 and we are delighted to give our collection over for use in this workshop. 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. You can dress your creature up to the nines
if you wish. A full of play and merry snipping! 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. A day full of creative fun, you could even fashion a rather fetching outfit for your animal friend! £75 inc lunch

Painted Papers 6th May
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Mandy Pattullo.

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.

Seed Heads Fri 18th May
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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 inc lunch

Folk Art Applique 19th May
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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. £75 inc lunch

Sea & Shore Birds 20th May
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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 opportunity to explore the enormous scope of stitches, create fascinating textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw. This s an experimental approach to stitch and 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

Richard McVetis 22nd Sept
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Further workshops to be released soon : Jessie Chorley, Leah Halliday, Janine Pope, Liz Cooksey, Marna Lunt, Claire Wellesley Smith, Peas & Needles.

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