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Wallpaper Weekend Workshop

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Sep 2017

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Create your own plant-inspired repeat patterns and design before printing a length by hand.

We are really pleased to welcome back to Kingcombe for a second year, renowned artist and printmaker Hugh Dunford Wood for a fabulous weekend of creativity.  There will be a natural progression from the simple beginnings of printing with potato cuts, which are great for small runs like a lampshade or an end paper.  Then you’ll look at some classic patterns and work out what makes them successful; also you will be shown some less successful patterns (some being Hugh’s) for comparison.  You will be encouraged to do some direct observational plant drawing to then use as a basis for an original design (which might even end up as an abstract).  This will then be worked up in repeat (with guidance) and transferred in reverse onto a lino block, which will be cut and printed.  Et voila, everyone there is a confirmed designer!

The delight is not about the most successful design, but about the variety of possibilities which emerge as the students develop their individual work.  Hugh’s aim is to demonstrate how it is possible to embark on this adventure, with some ease and considerable enjoyment.  There is no mystery, no technical knowhow.  It is all accessible and do-able by anyone who can wield a pencil.  You don’t have to have particular drawing skills or artistic bent, just a willingness to explore.  You will go home with a set of cutting tools, a lino block and inspiration.

About the Leader:

Hugh Dunford Wood studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at Oxford.  He has painted and exhibited worldwide, and was Artist in Residence at The Royal Shakespeare Company, and several years later at the Globe Theatre when it first opened in 2000.  After a time being mentored by Peggy Angus in applied design,  Hugh had a textile design business for 20 years, before moving a couple of years ago to printing on paper as a small run business, the results of which you can see on  Hugh has been teaching his unique wallpaper making and design course for many years. 


£329 pp Residential  -  includes 2 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home-cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities and materials.

£249 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


The course will start at 6pm on Friday with dinner and an introductory session.  Residents are welcome to arrive from 3pm.

The course will finish at approximately 4pm on Sunday with afternoon tea.

What to bring: 

Drawing items, pencils, rubbers and designs for inspiration, plus an apron if you have one.

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Comments from previous events:

An enjoyable 'full-on' creative course in a fabulously inspirational environment. The tranquil location, lovely food and comfortable accommodation as well as the excellent work-space all contributed to a very pleasant and worthwhile visit.  The course content fitted my needs exactly and was delivered in a well-paced way so all in all, all good - Mary.

The course will be I think quite life changing for me, as it has allowed me to get back to my creative side and given me the confidence to continue.  Couldn’t have been with a lovelier tutor and group who were so supportive.  I’m sure I l come back for another stay in the van and perhaps try another course - Sue.

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