All Members

Nicola Hopwood
Stained Glass Artist

Nicky is an experienced stained glass artist and tutor. She has designed and made windows for public buildings and private houses across the country in a contemporary, organic style. In addition to several years regular teaching at the School of Art & Design, Bristol and Herefordshire College of Art & Design, she has run many lively and intensive short courses. Recent commissions include windows for St Mary’s Church, Newent, Gloucestershire,…

Rowan McOnegal – Woodblock
Japanese Woodblock Printmaking (Mokuhanga)

I trained in fine art ( BA in painting and printmaking) at Bath Academy of Art, and  have travelled back to printmaking via working as a photographer for 10 years, a stained glass artist for 20 more, and also as a medical herbalist (see my herbal course on this site). I was drawn to study Japanese woodblock printmaking (Mokuhanga) as I love the special ‘watercolour’ qualities of Japanese prints created by the water based paints, and the fact…

Ginn Downes
Ginn's Creative Workshops and School of Sewing

  I have been sewing, creating textile and art pieces all my life and strongly believe that “creativity feeds the soul”. I am passionate that everyone should be given the opportunity to discover their own creative potential, whether it is through sewing, textiles or art. I was trained in Fashion and Textiles and over the past 30 years, I have been fortunate to teach students of a wide age range. After running the Textiles Department at Hereford…

Lucy Brodie
Upholstery

From her home in Whitbourne Lucy offers beginners courses where both traditional and modern upholstery techniques and their uses are covered. She will help you strip your piece of furniture and build it back up to a fully upholstered masterpiece for you to take home and be proud of. Lucy holds a qualification with the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers. She frequently carries out reupholstery commissions as well as new projects for her…

Sarah Amatt
Suminagashi: Japanese Paper Marbling

Suminagashi, or Japanese paper marbling, is the oldest form of marbling dating back to the 12th century. The process is simple and no prior knowledge or ‘artistic’ skill is needed – just curiosity and the desire to have a go! The workshops I teach are designed to help you acquire the necessary skills to create your own designs at home with an understanding of the materials, tools and process.  There will be demonstrations and plenty of…

Rowan McOnegal – Herbal medicine making
Herbal medicine making and the art of natural perfumery

I have always been passionate about plants. I advocate the living tradition of herbal medicine through teaching practical courses, writing and lecturing. I aim to raise awareness of environmental issues, to teach people about the qualities of common, easily found plants to make simple remedies, thus empowering people to look after themselves and to nurture and value their environment – to care for the soil. Having studied herbal medicine at the School…

Pearl Taylor
Felt-making with botanical dyeing and eco-printing

Pearl Taylor an artisan felt-maker and botanical printmaker and dyer. Small courses held on a Welsh Borderlands farm – 10 miles from Hay-on-Wye.  Individualised courses my speciality integrating design with purpose made prefelts to take the fear out of balancing colours and shapes. Botanical dyeing can be integrated with felted products or taught as a standalone natural fabric print workshop using hedgerow plants. Do drop me an email to…

Victoria Harrison
Living Mosaics - Mosaic art and sculpture

Mosaic Artist I am from the dramatic, untamed beaches of Northumbria. I have always experimented with  sea-worn treasures on a wide variety of surfaces. My interest in mosaic goes back to my childhood when I collected shells, pebbles, curious flotsam and intriguing jetsam. Whilst studying Fine Art specialising in Environmental Sculpture I found myself inspired by the vitality and versatility of “World of Mosaic”. Living Mosaics I run my own…

Bill Robson
Glass Fusing

Every morning I’m welcomed by a stream of colours – dancing reflections beaming through my living room from a modest stained glass panel – enough in itself, also a starting point for this versatile material which by the use of the warm glass method of kiln fusing and slumping can be changed in shape, colour and texture. Bill belongs and exhibits his bowls, panels and dichroic jewellery with the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen…

Andrew Pearson
Woodcarving and Turning

Andrew has been a woodcarver and turner since his Design degree in the 1980s and he now works from a small studio at his home in Ludlow on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border. Ludlow is well known for its medieval timbered houses and fabulous St Lawrence’s church, and it has been an inspiration and source of countless local commissions for Andrew for many years. Andrew can teach one or two people at a time in the studio, in a relaxed and hands-on…