Helen is a practising botanical illustrator and exhibits her work in Surrey and London. She teaches Drawing and Painting at Adult Education Centres, Village Halls and private venues in Surrey and West Sussex. At Theppswood House she will show you how to blend art and science to produce a botanical illustration with time and patience. You will be taught to accurately record through measuring and observation. Once these skills have been mastered she will show you through demonstrations how to use drawing and painting techniques, colour mixing and composition to produce a beautiful piece of work.
Hilary Charlesworth - Master Weaver
Hilary is a qualified adult education tutor with over 25 years experience of teaching various textile techniques: woven tapestry, weaving, spinning, locker hooking, kumihimo (Japanese braid making), felt making (wet felting and needlefelting).
She specialises in weaving both rugs and wall hangings in her studio in West Sussex and exhibits regularly with Hampshire Artists Cooperative (www.hampshireartistscooperative.co.uk). Her work can be seen on www.totallytextiles.co.uk
Hilary also runs The Loom Exchange which buys and sells second hand weaving and spinning equipment (www.theloomexchange.co.uk) and is the author of “Painting with Yarns” a guide to weaving a sampler of tapestry techniques.
Hilary is a member of the British Tapestry Group and hold certificates in City and Guild Creative Textiles, City and Guilds adult education teaching and City and Guilds Counselling Skills.
Hilary was also part of Kirstie Allsopp's 'Kirstie's Home Made Home' TV series in which she visited Hilary to learn to weave and spin. Hilary features in her book of the same name. '"It was quite an experience!" according to Hilary.
Julie was born in Clapham and still lives in South London. She studied Fine Art at St. Martins School of Art from 1983 to 1986 and then went on to complete an MA in printmaking at Brighton Polytechnic. Julie’s abstract work is inspired by the landscape of Wales, Dorset, Southern France and the London skyline.
Julie has continued to make prints since leaving Art College producing lithographs, silkscreens, collographs and more recently etchings. Julie is a member of Southbank Printmakers which has a gallery where her work can be viewed. She exhibits widely in both the UK and abroad. Her exhibitions include the OXO Gallery SE1, Landau Gallery, Germany, Mall Galleries SW1 and Geffrye Museum E2.
Julie will be tutoring Pen and wash workshops and also Collograph Printmaking at Theppswood House. In these workshops she will emphasise the use of line and colour for composition and mood.
Experienced Artist-Teacher (BA Mixed Media Fine Art, PCGE Art and Design)
Abilu founded her own business Abilu Creations in 2006 but also has experience in teaching Art and Design in secondary & further education you can see more of her own work here: www.abilucrations.com
"I grew up in Devon with rolling hills and frolicking seas, then moved to London to study where I stayed until 2012. I moved to the outskirts of Dorking & my love of the countryside was rekindled. I started to experiment with an old traditional method of Botanical Casting & Electroforming transforming what was a predominately a Jewellery & Accessories business to finally include Artworks for the home."