Creating art at Rydal Hall

A series of art workshops will be staged at Rydal Hall near Ambleside during the first week of June.

The events are part of the Lakes Collective Summer Showcase, and include sessions on silk painting and bookbinding.

Each workshop day will have a basic fee of £60.  Any extra costs for materials will be stated clearly and can be paid for in cash to the artist on the day.

Workshops will take place in the Bishop Bulley Barn at Rydal Hall and participants will have access to a kitchen for hot and cold drinks (free of charge) and can bring along a pack lunch or go along to the Schoolroom Teashop in the grounds.

On Monday June 1 Margaret Wilmott will run a workshop on painting on silk, working with  steam-fix dyes on silk. No drawing skills are required. The technique involves use hot wax applied with brushes or tjanting to form patterns and shapes, and salt crystals for texture.  Students are asked to bring an apron, and a medium sized paint brush.

Margaret started painting on silk in 1996 and has been developing her skills and understanding of design ever since.

On Tuesday June 2  Elizabeth Shorrock  will lead a workshop on ‘The Concertina and Beyond’. Participants learn different ways of using the simple concertina fold as a basis for a wide variety of book structures. Elizabeth is a mixed media artist specialising in the creation of handmade books. She exhibits regularly with Lakes Collective, Green Door and PagePaperStitch and teaches workshops for small groups on a regular basis.

On Wednesday  June  3,  Helen Golding-Miller will run a workshop on Traditional Bookbinding, and participants will make a leather-bound journal, using traditional materials and techniques.

Helen is a Freelance Accredited Archive conservator and bookbinder with over 25 years’ experience in the field.

Thursday June 4 is Dianne Standen’s 3D Felt workshop. Dianne has been based at Rydal Hall for the past 10 years and has helped develop the Rydal Hall sculpture path.

On Friday June 5,  Sue Brophy  will teach  ‘Wirework Jewellery for Beginners’, at the end of which students will have two finished pieces of jewellery that reflect their own personality. All materials and tools will be provided, along with gift boxes for the finished items.

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