Workshops

Unit Twelve has an ongoing workshop programme, with workshops run by Jennifer Collier, Iain Perry and other exhibiting artists, please scroll down for more information.

Jennifer Collier: Paper Lampshades on 9th March 2024

  • Description:
  • Create a 30 x 30cm 6 panel lampshade from beautiful recycled papers. You will be provided with a pattern, which you will have the opportunity to customize to suit your taste, and the light shade frame (which can be an up or down lighter). You will spend the day working with vintage papers to create the panels for the shade, and will be shown embellishment techniques to decorate these. You will then be shown to how to stitch the papers together to form the shade. NB There will be a £10 charge (payable on the day) for the light shade frame and paper pattern. You may also wish to bring your own special papers, books and maps to personalize *As these shades are machine stitched together YOU MUST BE ABLE TO USE A SEWING MACHINE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORKSHOP*
  • Date:
    09/03/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Paper Bird Boxes on 16th March 2024

  • Description:
    Creating a beautiful bespoke bird box, complete with its own bird on the perch, from recycled papers, stitch and card, inspired by Jennifer’s own work. You will be shown every step of the process, from constructing your bird box, to using beautiful, vintage papers to decorate it. These will be embellished with a range of hand stitches, including an optional picot stitched trim around the door, and will go on to making your own mono-printed bird to sit on the perch.
  • Date:
    16/03/2024
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

wheatcroftwillow: Willow Frame Platter workshop on 27th April 2024.

photo credit: @adamgruning

  • Description:
  • This workshop will be using Staffordshire and Somerset willow to create a willow frame to make a leaf shaped tray/platter for the table. We will fit together two forked branches of willow or hazel from the Churnet Valley, to make a frame. Then we will use Rachels home grown colourful willows to weave a randing pattern and add ribs and shape a shallow dish platter. £80
  • Date:
    27/04/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Everlasting Plants in Paper Plants Pots and Paper Watering Cans workshop on 18th May 2024, 10-4pm.

  • Description:
  • You will create everlasting paper plants in handmade plant pots that you can enjoy all year round, from found and recycled papers and botanical illustrations. Jennifer will demonstrate every step of the process, from constructing your plant pot, creating the soil, selecting which illustration to use and will be embellished with hand stitch. You will go onto making a Paper Watering Can to accompany your plant pot. All materials and equipment are provided but you may wish to bring your owns special papers, books, maps, botanical illustrations and ephemera to personalise your work.
  • Date:
    18/05/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Ali Ferguson: Patchwood Sampler- Personal Collections workshop on 25th May 2024 - FULLY BOOKED

  • Description:
  • A gorgeous day of hand stitching with a difference creating a ‘stitched sampler’ from ‘patches’ of wood. You will create seven individual patches embellished with your own small treasures all hand stitched into place. These will then be stitched together to create your unique wall piece. You could make a sampler inspired by your family, memories of childhood, holidays, special places or perhaps a favourite hobby. All materials and equipment are provided but bring your own small treasures to embellish it (7 patches with the largest 12cm x 7cm approx.) such as paper ephemera, haberdashery, garden inspired or nature finds, postcards, recipes, maps, children’s drawings, tickets or small photos etc.
  • Date:
    25/05/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Ali Ferguson: Wonky Patchwork Portraits workshop on Sunday 26th May 2024 - FULLY BOOKED

  • Description:
  • A gorgeous day creating a wonky patchwork piece inspired by old log cabin quilts, stories & memories of special people. An old family (or other) photograph printed onto fabric will be placed at the heart of your piece (photographs will be printed in advance of the workshop- see below for details*). Ali will show you how she builds round this heart with deliciously wonky patchwork and how the use of meaningful words adds to the story element. You’ll be working with a fabulous selection of vintage and used materials. Your patchwork portrait will be backed onto a gloriously scrappy piece of vintage quilt and the finished piece will be approximately A4 in size. You’ll be creating a beautifully personal ‘cloth story’ that can be hung straight onto a wall. These pieces are all hand stitched but don’t worry if you’re not experienced – Ali will share some of her favourite stitches and plenty of inspiration. You won’t finish your piece during the workshop – hand stitching is slow!, however, you will leave with a gorgeous project and all the ideas that you need to continue at home. All materials are provided, including old & used fabrics and your vintage quilt background, however please bring along some of your own fabrics to help tell the story of your portrait- dress-weight cottons are ideal, old or new, bright & colourful, old & muted, shirting fabrics, scraps of lace or even paper ephemera (nothing too bulky). *You’ll receive more details about photos nearer to the date of the workshop so please ensure you provide the correct email address when booking*
  • Date:
    26/05/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Judith Brown: Wire Seed Head Stems on 15th June 2024

  • Description:
  • A nature inspired workshop where you will create 3D wire seed head stems to display in a vase. Inspiration will come from seed heads such as cow parsley, poppies, grasses and more. Judith will teach you how to use various gauges of wire and different techniques to create your seed heads. All materials and use of tools are included, but you may wish to bring a narrow necked vase or glass bottle to build your arrangement in.
  • Date:
    15/06/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Judith Brown: Wire Seed Head Stems on 16th June 2024

  • Description:
  • A nature inspired workshop where you will create 3D wire seed head stems to display in a vase. Inspiration will come from seed heads such as cow parsley, poppies, grasses and more. Judith will teach you how to use various gauges of wire and different techniques to create your seed heads. All materials and use of tools are included, but you may wish to bring a narrow necked vase or glass bottle to build your arrangement in.
  • Date:
    16/06/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Story Book Dresses on 22nd June 2024

  • Description:
    Jennifer will show you a range of traditional hand and machine stitch techniques, including Paper Patchwork, Pleating, Paper Pockets, Button Loops, Covered Buttons and Covered Bindings which be used on found papers. These skills will be used these to create small paper dresses. Please bring along your favorite books and papers to incorporate into your work.
  • Date:
    22/06/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Emily Notman: Fabric Vessels workshop on 29th June 2024

  • Description:
  • Create your own textile wrap using contemporary mixed media techniques and textural applique. Start the day by building surface before using paint, ink and dyes to apply your chosen colour scheme. Finish with fibre techniques and textural hand stitch before constructing into the round. (Your finished piece will be able stand alone or can be wrapped around a vase/jar). All materials are provided but do bring along your own special fabric scraps, threads and haberdashery to personalise your vessel.
  • Date:
    17/02/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Nawal Gebreel : Eco-Printing on Paper workshop on Saturday 13th July 2024

  • Description:
  • Contact printing using plant materials is often called eco-printing- You will use this method to make frameable prints from plants. You will learn to identify different plants and will use tools and equipment to experiment with different processing methods to grasp the basics of eco-printing on paper. You can also opt to make a simple notebook using the decorative paper that you printed and will also be shown how to take your prints further by adding some drawing and painting. All materials and equipment are provided but please bring fresh flowers and leaves to print with such as leaves from fruit trees, Japanese Maple, Cherry, Blackberry, Eucalyptus, Sycamore, Fern, Herb Robert, Buddleia. Flowers and petals from Chrysanthemum, Cosmos, Gerbera, Passionflower, Daisy, Dahlia, Marigold, Dandelion and Zinnia. And leaves and petals from Hydrangeas, Roses and Geraniums. . £80
  • Date:
    13/07/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Stitched Paper Slippers on 20th July 2024

  • Description:
    Create hand stitched paper slippers from paper ephemera. In this workshop you will be shown how to patchwork papers together to create a bigger paper ‘fabric’ to make the work from, as well as several different options to really personalise your slippers. You will learn a range of hand stitches to add decorative details, along with paper roses and Suffolk puffs. All materials are provided but do bring along your own special papers to personalise.
  • Date:
    20/07/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Liz Cooksey: Natural Collection workshop on Saturday 17th August 2024

  • Description:
  • Taking observations from nature we will explore and experiment with an eclectic mix of media, materials and techniques. These explorations will be small scale responses to textures, shapes and colours seen within nature using wrapping and binding techniques with fine hand dyed threads and fabric, hand stitching for embellishment along with fragments of paper & print. These will be combined incorporated with wire to give structure and form and shape. The studies will be brought together to create a formal display suggestive of a nature table or botanical textbook layout. All materials are included but you may wish to bring your own scrap papers, fabrics and haberdashery to personalise your piece.
  • Date:
    17/08/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Michaela McMillan: Fantastic Figurines workshop on 14th Sept 2024

  • Description:
  • Explore an eclectic collection of reclaimed and recycled materials to recreate a once loved figurine. We will use a variety of ceramic, wooden or plastic preloved animals and people, provided by the artist. Use decoupage, hand painting and metal foils to adapt the surface and add appendages to change its silhouette. We will use found and discarded objects, disassembling, customising and manipulating to add them to the sculpture. Stitching, gluing and drilling pieces into place you will make a completely unique statement sculpture. All materials will be provided, and you are welcome to bring along any collected treasures to personalise your work.
  • Date:
    14/09/24
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £80
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.
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