Happy New Year

Nutcracker    Happy New Year to everyone!

2014 was such a creative year for us in the studio and seemed to go so fast. Thank you to everyone who played a part in the enjoyment of The Old Art Room Swaffham.

See what was created in The Art Room Studio HERE

See what was inspired and created by Christmas HERE

Hope you all have a creative 2015.

A New Year, a new creative calendar.

Best Wishes,


Art and Drawing Course

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art materials

I am always looking at ways to improve my art and this Summer came across a fantastic Art Course.‘The Secrets to Drawing Course’. It is an ideal way of improving or beginning to art, exploring  the different mediums, starting with the basics and developing skills. Easy to follow, lots of tips and also the reasons for doing certain marks or using certain mediums. Some of tips I also share with my students so it was nice to see Matt had included them in the techniques.

All via your computer or tablet, so its easy for us to stop and start and choose what we want to try each time. I had great fun gathering my equipment and ‘Going For It’. We all need to escape into our art and learn more each time, I certainly did. I love the playing!

The sessions cover the concepts of a technique, drawing, pen and ink, still life, using and image from a photo graph, wildlife, portraits and I was really impressed with the Pastel Session.

There are 5 hours of visual and inspirational tuition in 28 modules, accompanied by 26 ebooks with all the step by step and photos of ‘How To’.  The most complete short art course I have found and a must for skills. All for the cost of three of my sessions! So a real bargain.

To See the Course visit  Here

Busy Creative Summer

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Blush Shibori Felt Part 2

This Summer has been busy in The Old Art Room Studio as I have continued throughout the holidays. We have been making Paper, Felt Making, Dyeing fabric and various textiles to enjoy the best of the summer sun. There are two more felt making Wednesdays. The above picture is some of my Shibori Felt Making. See more on The Art Room Blog.

See more of what is going on in The Art Room Studio HERE



Vintage, Lace and Recycle


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Vintage Lace Pocket Wall Hanger

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February Inspiration in The Art Old Room is ‘Vintage, Lace and Recycle’.

The Art Piece above was made from a polystyrene Lace Pillow and recycled lining fabric and diamante brooch. It has made a great display in the studio and encouraged lots of Shabby Chic Flowers and sorting out of jewellery boxes.

See more displays HERE 

See The Old Art Room dressed ‘Vintage’ HERE

The Vintage Lace Pockets was inspired by a show wall tidy. A friend needed one to help keep her chair area tidy and the plastic one she had was looking well used and the pockets were starting to come away. I decided to make a fabric version and this is mine with lots of Vintage Lace and I made one for her and used her family lace too! We had great fun sorting out such beautiful old lace and using it on a practical but beautiful item to look at.

See more of my Vintage Lace Artworks HERE


See what is being created in The Old Art Room by students HERE


See my creations in my home studio HERE

Happy New Year

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Indian Braid and Jaipur TreasuresHappy New Year everyone.

The new creative year has started in full swing with Gill and I dressing The Art Room with all the wonderful treasures I brought in Jaipur. You can see a small selection in the photo above.  We went to India at the beginning of December 2013 with Jamie and Claire from Colouricous it was an amazing and extraordinary holiday!

See the video of our reviews of the holiday (I follow Lesley), the Hotel we stayed in and other interesting India inspiration HERE

See my sketchbook of what is wonderful memories HERE

Pop over and see what is happening in The Old Art Room HERE

The Old Art Room is open for all the classes from the 13th of December so pop in for inspiration and share. See workshop dates and information   HERE


Dream Catcher Gill

Bevs WorkCongratulations to the nineteen who passed their City and Guilds Creative Textiles Level Two. They studied either patchwork and Quilting or Machine Embroidery. The course covers over eighty techniques, two projects and the process of dyeing and decorating fabric. The work was outstanding so congratulations!

See a selection of their work HERE

Some are taking a break to enjoy all the techniques and the others are going on to Level Three Cerificate or The Diploma. These all start in September start dates to be arranged.

Great News

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*Great News* The Old Art Room Has Moved to Swaffham

I will still be teaching out in the community as usual at certain times but this will be a permanent space to work, share, exhibit and enjoy. Lots of exciting events planned!

‘The Art Room’ is an Art Academy, so a mixture of leisure and certificated courses and workshop sessions available for all ages.

The doors open Monday 3rd of June and ‘Textile Tuesdays start on the 4th! Very exciting.

I start off the Textile Tuesday and Thursday this month with ‘Bags’ as they are as popular as ever.

Evening class on the 5th of June. 7pm until 9pm.

The second week is all about Embellishing, using the felting machines and ‘Bling’ you can sew on as Embellishments. There are four machines to share and lots of wonderful bits to experiment with.

There are two sessions to each Textile day as usual 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45. The cost is £9 per session and includes a cup of tea and a biscuit. You bring your own ingredients/ project, enjoy the inspiration and there is supplies to purchase if you wish. There is also a very large scrap bag, well in my case a large aluminium box on wheels! To delve into to enhance your project or start a new one! Someone elses scrap bag is always more interesting somehow?

Lots to see and do each day so a visit is a must or if you are too far away visit regularly online to enjoy the atmosphere.

Monday afternoon from 2.30 until 5pm you can come along with your own project and enjoy working in a textile studio while I am working on my textile projects, mine are inspired by our Art Room visit to Kew Gardens and also Recycled Textiles and Stitch. I am there for tips and guidance only.

Starting at the end of the month June and continuing throughout the summer ‘Friday in Print‘ a way of exploring all different ways of printing and transposing designs. Also on request sketchbooks and book making.

Two sessions 10 until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45 and the cost is £10

Monday and Wednesdays I am still teaching City and Guilds and final projects and Design files are looking amazing.

We would like to thank the Benjamin Foundation and Cancer Care Moving on Project Dereham for their support in allowing us to teach and share their spaces since November 2012. It has really been appreciated and we have had a fantastic time.

New Textile Classes Going Well

Circles and Dorset Buttons

Circles and Dorset Buttons

Textile Tuesday @The Art Room Dereham

Textile Tuesday @The Art Room Dereham

Textile Classes have been going really well especially with the changes in venue since the beginning of the year. The Art Room Dereham has proved itself to be an ideal venue for art and textiles. City and Guilds continue and you can see in the photograph above there are some exciting artwork and samples being made. If any one is wanting to do a Creative Textile Class or City and Guilds and live in Norfolk please contact me.

To see more inspiration and of what is being created by myself and students visit my daily blog HERE

Textile Thursdays will be in The Cancer Care Centre from March and it is a lovely venue in the centre of Dereham, on Georges Road. Sessions are as normal 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45. Look forward to sharing with you shortly.