Jessie Chorley Workshop

Anne was lucky enough to attend another really interesting and enjoyable workshop at Hope and Elvis studio at Welbeck recently by Jessie Chorley.

Jessie and her friend Buddug have a shop in London at 158a Columbia Road and their work can be seen on their blog and also bought from their website

Here are some pictures from the day, the first is of Jessie working in the studio.

Here are some of the ladies busily making, they were given old cutlery boxes and encouraged to make a scene within the box or use it as a box to express memories.

Jessie brought along a few of her own pieces with her, here is just a small (but beautiful) collection.

Finally some pictures of Anne’s box. She decided to make a peg into a small lady and the box was used as a room behind her.

The dressing table and stool were made from florist wire and the small beaded picture behind the lady was hung from an old lace bobbin.

A small LED light was attached by Anne’s husband to light up the room, which now has pride of place on the mantelpiece.

Julie Arkell Workshop

Last weekend Anne was lucky enough to attend a workshop run by Julie Arkell, one of the UK’s most celebrated folk artists. Here is a little insight to her day.

The workshop was held at Hope and Elvis, a studio owned by Louise Presley. Louise organises a wide variety of workshops taught by herself and various guest tutors.

This wonderful apron notice lead the way into the workshop.

I love the inventive way that Louise advertises her other workshops!

When Julie arrived she set up a small display of items that she had made. Some were available for purchase on the day or could be used as inspiration. I love the use of vintage clothing as a means of presentation.

Duly inspired everyone got down to the act of being creative. I’m told that everyone was so engrossed in their work that many forgot to stop for lunch!

Some closeups of Julie’s wonderful brooches.

A few of her gorgeous fabric bracelets.

Finally here are Anne’s wonderful creations, she managed to complete three brooches during the day. The first is a take on a wartime brooch.

Then two wonderfully quirky flying creatures, a lamb and a mouse!


Win 1 of 5 Pairs of Tickets (each pair of tickets admits up to 2 adults & 2 kids) to The Weald Of Kent Craft Show!

The Weald of Kent craft show is being held this year at Penshurst Place near Tonbridge between 30th April – 2nd May. The show offers handmade crafts, delicious food and drink, live music, inspiring displays and a stunning show garden.

There will be everything from art workshops to tutored wine tasting.

There will also be interactive family craft activities, face painting, rural crafts and an adventure playground and falconry displays. So there promises to be something for all the family whether young or old.

Now the exciting part! We have been given 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway. UPDATE: the tickets admit up to 2 adults & 2 children, so whether you’re a family or a couple it’s a great day out!

How to Enter

As usual it’s ridiculously easy to enter our comp (open to UK readers this time).

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The competition will end at midnight 16th April 2011.

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