Sussex Prairie Garden is now closed until Saturday 1st June 2024.

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Events & Courses

We have lots of fascinating and fun Workshops and Events for 2024 ! make your 2024 a year of making creative memories !

June 2024

Early Summer Plant Fair

Early Summer Plant Fair

Sunday 2nd June | 12:00am - 5:00pm

It’s the plant fair of the year . Expect amazing plant specialist nurseries to wow you with their plants curated by the dynamic Plant Fairs Roadshow. You can pay for your ticket on the gate

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Expressive Soft Pastels with Clare Buckle

Expressive Soft Pastels with Clare Buckle

Wednesday 5th June | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Soft pastel is the perfect medium for celebrating the fabulous colour and plantings of Sussex Prairie Garden in high summer. In this workshop we will explore experimental techniques such as underpainting, and expressive mark-making and colour palettes, to create images with impact and atmosphere.

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Lino Printmaking with Gelliprint and chin colle  With Emma Taylor

Lino Printmaking with Gelliprint and chin colle With Emma Taylor

Friday 14th June | 9:30am - 2:00pm

This workshop is aimed at anyone who would like to explore lino printing techniques for the first time or extend previous knowledge into varied colour. We will be using the gardens as inspiration looking at the beautiful flowers and foliage to design simple motifs.

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Learn the basics of Prairie Plant Propagation by Cuttings with Nick Bielby , Assistant Head Gardener

Learn the basics of Prairie Plant Propagation by Cuttings with Nick Bielby , Assistant Head Gardener

Saturday 15th June | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Join us in our beautiful Sussex Prairie garden for a course learning the basics of Prairie Plant Propagation by Cuttings - we will show you how to make plants for free!

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Discover & Explore The Art of Cyanotype Printing with Julia White

Discover & Explore The Art of Cyanotype Printing with Julia White

Sunday 16th June | 10:00am - 2:00pm

When you attend this worksop you’ll be able to enjoy a fun and relaxing day using natural plants and sunlight to create your own botanical prints. This workshop is focused on exploring plant textures and the beauty of Cyanotype blue. Attend and enjoy learning among the colourful fragrant flowers & the tranquil environment of Sussex Prairies Gardens

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Basketmaking for beginners with Christiane Gunzi

Basketmaking for beginners with Christiane Gunzi

Thursday 20th June | 9:30am - 1:30pm

This is a great introduction to learning to make baskets with natural willow.

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Gelliprint with Image Transfer and More with Emma Taylor

Gelliprint with Image Transfer and More with Emma Taylor

Friday 21st June | 9:30am - 2:00pm

GELLIPRINT…What next? Phototransfer gelliprinting and magazine transfer. Posca pen, biro and photocopy transfer. Charcoal drawing and lino transfer. We will experience the chaotic joys of gelliprinting to produce layered, patterned and textured backgrounds. These numerous prints which are made using layers of acrylic paints will explore the harmonious and vibrant colours and textures of the garden.

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A Prairie Map Book with Anne Kelly

A Prairie Map Book with Anne Kelly

Saturday 22nd June - Sunday 23rd June | 10:00am - 1:00pm

In this two-day masterclass with artist, author and tutor Anne Kelly, you will be inspired by map books, using a mixture of paper and cloth, taken from her recent book ‘Textile Travels’. Choose a map of an area near you or a favourite walk or journey and we will transform it into a meaningful and well loved folding book form.

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Rude Mechanical Theatre Company – Outdoor Theatre – The Dressing Book

Rude Mechanical Theatre Company – Outdoor Theatre – The Dressing Book

Sunday 30th June | 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Join us in the garden for the summer special outdoor theatre "The Dressing Book " by the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company .

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July 2024

Summer Colour in Mixed media with Clare Buckle

Summer Colour in Mixed media with Clare Buckle

Wednesday 3rd July | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Build layers of colour and texture using mixed media in this new workshop at Sussex Prairie Garden. Discover which materials combine to create beautiful and expressive effects.

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Planting a Prairie Garden Large or Small with Juliet Sargeant

Image copyright Marianne Majerus

Planting a Prairie Garden Large or Small with Juliet Sargeant

Thursday 4th July | 9:30am - 2:30pm

Join Juliet to learn how to make the most of your garden space with ornamental grasses and colourful perennial planting. Come and be inspired by the beautiful expanses of grasses and colourful flowers at Sussex Prairie Gardens. With illustrated talks and planting exercises, Juliet will explain how to design similar schemes for your own garden.

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Confident in Colour with Esther Collins

Confident in Colour with Esther Collins

Friday 5th July | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Join me in this master class to learn how a colour wheel works and the principles of design, to help choose an effective colour scheme for your embroideries, quilts or other textile art projects.

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Practical Magic -Herbal and Aromatherapy Wellbeing Workshop with Nalini

Practical Magic -Herbal and Aromatherapy Wellbeing Workshop with Nalini

Saturday 13th July | 10:30am - 1:30pm

Practical Magic -Herbal and Aromatherapy Wellbeing Workshop Making natural products for face and body Out in your back garden, or the local hedgerows, you will be amazed at the array of common plants and herbs that you can use to make you look and feel better!

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Learn All About Butterflies and Moths with Michael Blencowe

Learn All About Butterflies and Moths with Michael Blencowe

Sunday 14th July | 9:00am - 1:00pm

During this special new event you'll learn all about the beautiful butterflies and moths that can be found in your garden and in the Sussex countryside.

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Natural Fabric Dye for Beginners 2 days with Amanda Duke

Natural Fabric Dye for Beginners 2 days with Amanda Duke

Wednesday 17th July - Thursday 18th July | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Explore the breadth and variation of colour that can be extracted from local plants using traditional techniques to dye fabric samples.

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Ecoprint on Paper  with Amanda Duke

Ecoprint on Paper with Amanda Duke

Friday 19th July | 9:30am - 2:00pm

You will be shown a fascinating way to transfer leaf forms to paper, making 15-20 Ecoprints. Local and familiar flowers and leaves will be used to make 15 – 20 contact prints revealing colour, texture, and pattern to your papers.

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Botanical Art Fair

Botanical Art Fair

Saturday 20th July - Sunday 21st July | 11:00am - 5:00pm

Join us for our newest Fair at Sussex Prairies this summer - Our Botanical Art Fair -Original Art, Prints, Textile Art and 3D from the wealth of creative talent in Sussex.

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Rock Choir singing at Sussex Prairies

Rock Choir singing at Sussex Prairies

Sunday 21st July | 2:00pm - 2:30pm

are you ready to ROCK with the Rock Choir at Sussex Prairies ? .. pay to come into the garden and the rock choir will be here to sing to you ! get ready for those classic songs we all love and some new ones besides !

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Growing a Herbal Tea Garden with Lin

Growing a Herbal Tea Garden with Lin

Friday 26th July | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Join us at the Sussex Prairies Herb Hub ! Take time out to enjoy both a learning and sensory experience. Enjoy delving into a little bit of fun history and age old use of herbs.

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Make a Naturally Inspired Textile Vessel with Esther Collins

Make a Naturally Inspired Textile Vessel with Esther Collins

Saturday 27th July - Sunday 28th July | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Join me on this fabulous two-day workshop to make a beautiful and unusual mixed media, hand stitched fabric vessel.

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Chromatic Ink and Bleach workshop with Claire Fearon

Chromatic Ink and Bleach workshop with Claire Fearon

Wednesday 31st July | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Discover the magic of working with fountain pen inks and bleach. Suitable for students of all abilities, this workshop gives you all the necessary techniques and top tips to allow you to create unique and fascinating artwork using these diverse art mediums.

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August 2024

Growing a Herbal Tea Garden with Lin

Growing a Herbal Tea Garden with Lin

Friday 2nd August | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Join us at the Sussex Prairies Herb Hub ! Take time out to enjoy both a learning and sensory experience. Enjoy delving into a little bit of fun history and age old use of herbs.

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Bazaar Indian Summer Market

Bazaar Indian Summer Market

Friday 2nd August - Saturday 31st August | 12:00pm - 5:00pm

An event spread out in Marquees in Sussex Prairie Garden. Gorgeous clothes in cottons and vintage sari silk,semi precious designer jewellery,scarves,home furnishings and gifts – all ethically traded from India. And Nepal Alex’s curry “Dhaba” will be serving delicious authentic curries

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Wisdom’s Path:  Oracle  Card Workshop For Self Guidance  -with Claire Fearon

Wisdom’s Path: Oracle Card Workshop For Self Guidance -with Claire Fearon

Saturday 3rd August | 9:00am - 12:00pm

Merging the mystical with the practical, this workshop goes beyond just learning a technique; it is an opportunity to connect with oneself on a deeper level, uncovering insights and guidance for life's journey. The workshop is designed to empower you to use oracle cards to illuminate your path, offering clarity and support in navigating life's choices and challenges.

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The Garden in Mixed Media with Clare Buckle

The Garden in Mixed Media with Clare Buckle

Wednesday 7th August | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Build layers of colour and texture using mixed media in this new workshop at Sussex Prairie Garden. Discover which materials combine to create beautiful and expressive effects.

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Fabric Weave the Landscape with Esther Collins

Fabric Weave the Landscape with Esther Collins

Thursday 8th August | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Learn the wonderful art of fabric weaving! Inspired by the colours and landscape of the Sussex Prairies, I will show you how to use scraps of fabric to make a beautiful woven background, also incorporating printed papers as well as textiles.

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Batik Worshop with Susan d’Souza

Batik Worshop with Susan d’Souza

Friday 9th August - Saturday 10th August | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Natural forms from the garden or your own images can form design inspiration to create pattern and design ideas. You will produce a range of samples for sketchbooks, artwork or as test pieces for day 2 if you take the full course.

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Block Printing with Bazaar

Block Printing with Bazaar

Friday 9th August - Sunday 11th August | 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Due to huge popularity Bazaar's free block printing workshop will run for three days. Please feel free to bring your own white or pale coloured tea shirt or tea towel to print.

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Rag Rugs, a Heritage Craft- with Debbie Siniska

Rag Rugs, a Heritage Craft- with Debbie Siniska

Sunday 11th August | 9:00am - 2:00pm

This age old thrift craft has survived the test of time, and is still relevant today. Come and learn to use old fashioned hand tools and techniques to create a hooky or proggy piece of textile art, as a little cushion or seat mat

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Practical Magic -Herbal and Aromatherapy Wellbeing Workshop with Nalini

Practical Magic -Herbal and Aromatherapy Wellbeing Workshop with Nalini

Wednesday 14th August | 10:30am - 1:30pm

Practical Magic -Herbal and Aromatherapy Wellbeing Workshop Making natural products for face and body Out in your back garden, or the local hedgerows, you will be amazed at the array of common plants and herbs that you can use to make you look and feel better!

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Natural Fabric Dye for Beginners 2 days with Amanda Duke

Natural Fabric Dye for Beginners 2 days with Amanda Duke

Thursday 15th August - Friday 16th August | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Explore the breadth and variation of colour that can be extracted from local plants using traditional techniques to dye fabric samples.

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Growing a Herbal Tea Garden with Lin

Growing a Herbal Tea Garden with Lin

Sunday 18th August | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Join us at the Sussex Prairies Herb Hub ! Take time out to enjoy both a learning and sensory experience. Enjoy delving into a little bit of fun history and age old use of herbs.

Find out more

Ecoprint on Paper with Amanda Duke

Ecoprint on Paper with Amanda Duke

Wednesday 21st August | 9:30am - 2:00pm

You will be shown a fascinating way to transfer leaf forms to paper, making 15-20 Ecoprints. Local and familiar flowers and leaves will be used to make 15 – 20 contact prints revealing colour, texture, and pattern to your papers.

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The Intuitive Bridge :A Guide to Reading Oracle Cards for Others with Claire Fearon

The Intuitive Bridge :A Guide to Reading Oracle Cards for Others with Claire Fearon

Saturday 24th August | 9:00am - 12:00pm

By learning to trust their inner guidance, participants can effectively help others to do the same, creating oracle card sessions that are both impactful and empowering.

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Artistic Alchemy: Painting Your Divine Self with Claire Fearon

Artistic Alchemy: Painting Your Divine Self with Claire Fearon

Thursday 29th August | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Dive into a day of magical creativity with my "Artistic Alchemy: Painting Your Divine Self " workshop, a playful and profound adventure that blends spirituality with the joy of painting. It’s a space where you're invited to dance with your divine feminine or masculine self, using brushes and colours as your partners.

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September 2024

Late Summer Plant Fair

Late Summer Plant Fair

Sunday 1st September | 12:00pm - 5:00pm

It’s the plant fair of the year . Expect amazing plant specialist nurseries to wow you with their plants curated by the dynamic Plant Fairs Roadshow. You can pay for your ticket on the gate

Find out more

Natural Fabric Dye for Beginners 2 days with Amanda Duke

Natural Fabric Dye for Beginners 2 days with Amanda Duke

Wednesday 4th September - Thursday 5th September | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Explore the breadth and variation of colour that can be extracted from local plants using traditional techniques to dye fabric samples.

Find out more

Practical Magic -Herbal and Aromatherapy Wellbeing Workshop with Nalini

Practical Magic -Herbal and Aromatherapy Wellbeing Workshop with Nalini

Friday 6th September | 10:30am - 1:30pm

Practical Magic -Herbal and Aromatherapy Wellbeing Workshop Making natural products for face and body Out in your back garden, or the local hedgerows, you will be amazed at the array of common plants and herbs that you can use to make you look and feel better!

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Creative Visible Mending  with Amanda Duke

Creative Visible Mending with Amanda Duke

Saturday 7th September | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Extend the lifespan of your knitwear and other garments by developing your own mending style with colourful stitches and patches.

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How to Create a Wildlife Pond – large or small – Talk by Juliet Sargeant

How to Create a Wildlife Pond – large or small – Talk by Juliet Sargeant

Friday 13th September | 10:30am - 12:00pm

A wildlife pond will bring life, sound movement and wonder to your garden. In this talk Juliet will take you through the design and build of several of her projects. She will outline best practice, practical tips and inspirational design ideas for creating your own successful garden pond.

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Re-Wild’ your Garden (How to plant and garden for wildlife),Talk by Juliet Sargeant

Re-Wild’ your Garden (How to plant and garden for wildlife),Talk by Juliet Sargeant

Friday 13th September | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Whatever the size of your garden, there is loads that you can do to support nature and wildlife, without compromising on the look and comfort of your outdoor space

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Rock Choir Singing at Sussex Prairies

Rock Choir Singing at Sussex Prairies

Saturday 14th September | 2:00pm - 2:30pm

are you ready to ROCK with the Rock Choir at Sussex Prairies ? .. pay to come into the garden and the rock choir will be here to sing to you ! get ready for those classic songs we all love and some new ones besides !

Find out more

Planting a Prairie Garden large or small with Juliet Sargeant

image copyright Marianne Majerus

Planting a Prairie Garden large or small with Juliet Sargeant

Wednesday 25th September | 9:30am - 2:30pm

Join Juliet to learn how to make the most of your garden space with ornamental grasses and colourful perennial planting. Come and be inspired by the beautiful expanses of grasses and colourful flowers at Sussex Prairie Gardens. With illustrated talks and planting exercises, Juliet will explain how to design similar schemes for your own garden.

Find out more

Handmade Natural Art Brushes and Gestural Markmaking  with Amanda Duke

Handmade Natural Art Brushes and Gestural Markmaking with Amanda Duke

Thursday 26th September | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Using numerous Prairie Garden plants you will make at least 4 Handmade Art Brushes, more if you are a fast worker. There will also be readymade natural plant brushes available for you to use and take home, expanding your self-made collection. This is a compelling activity using naturally available materials to make unusual, unexpected, and exciting mark making tools and brushes.

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Playful Paper Pots  with Amanda Duke

Playful Paper Pots with Amanda Duke

Friday 27th September | 9:30am - 2:00pm

In this fun -filled creative 3D workshop you will experiment with at least two to three different construction methods to create sculptural pot forms using repurposed card and papers wherever possible.

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Inky Frottage Sketchbooks with Emma Taylor

Inky Frottage Sketchbooks with Emma Taylor

Saturday 28th September | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Observational and expessive drawing with ink, markmaking with homemade ink nibs and sticks, frottage with rollers and oil pastels resist, stencilling shadows with gathered grasses.

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Learn the basics of Prairie plant propagation by Division with Nick Bielby , Assistant Head Gardener

Learn the basics of Prairie plant propagation by Division with Nick Bielby , Assistant Head Gardener

Sunday 29th September | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Join us in our beautiful Sussex Prairie garden for a course learning the basics of Prairie Plant Propagation- we will show you how to make plants for free!

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October 2024

Autumn Colour in Soft Pastels with Clare Buckle

Autumn Colour in Soft Pastels with Clare Buckle

Wednesday 2nd October | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Soft pastel is the perfect medium for celebrating the fabulous colour and plantings of Sussex Prairie Garden in Autumn. In this workshop we will explore experimental techniques such as underpainting, and expressive mark-making and colour palettes, to create images with impact and atmosphere.

Find out more

Make a Naturally Inspired Textile Vessel with Esther Collins

Make a Naturally Inspired Textile Vessel with Esther Collins

Thursday 3rd October - Friday 4th October | 9:00am - 1:00pm

Join me on this fabulous two-day workshop to make a beautiful and unusual mixed media, hand stitched fabric vessel.

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3D feltmaking, make a hat or strap bag with Debbie Siniska

3D feltmaking, make a hat or strap bag with Debbie Siniska

Saturday 5th October | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Learn to colour blend and lay out your fleece fibres, and work around a simple forma, to make your gorgeous felted hat, or strap bag.

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Lino Printmaking with Gelliprint and chin colle  With Emma Taylor

Lino Printmaking with Gelliprint and chin colle With Emma Taylor

Sunday 6th October | 9:30am - 2:00pm

This workshop is aimed at anyone who would like to explore lino printing techniques for the first time or extend previous knowledge into varied colour. We will be using the gardens as inspiration looking at the beautiful flowers and foliage to design simple motifs.

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Final Hands On Gardening Course with Jenny Samuels

Final Hands On Gardening Course with Jenny Samuels

Wednesday 9th October | 9:30am - 3:00pm

A rare opportunity to learn practical gardening, through the seasons with a professional horticulturalist. Learn by doing and garden through the seasons with professional gardener, Jenny Samuels.

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Soul Portraits – Exploring the Art Of You  with Claire Fearon

Soul Portraits – Exploring the Art Of You with Claire Fearon

Thursday 10th October | 9:30am - 1:30pm

This is not a workshop where you are expected to paint perfect portraits/paintings, the opposite is required. Here you will use the head motif as a way of exploring hidden aspects of yourself, working quickly and intuitively, creating lots of paintings, to connect with your inner shadow self.

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Dig Deeper Into Bulbs with Jenny Samuels

Dig Deeper Into Bulbs with Jenny Samuels

Friday 11th October | 9:30am - 2:30pm

Join seasoned gardener, ‘Jenny-The-Pro', from The Sussex Garden School, for a hands-on day of bulb discovery. Jenny will be at the beautiful Sussex Prairie Gardens, where she will start by talking you through a general explanation of bulbs and how to choose the best bulbs for your garden soil and source good value, healthy supplies.

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Autumn Leaves: Experimental Appliqué and Hand Embroidery with Esther Collins

Autumn Leaves: Experimental Appliqué and Hand Embroidery with Esther Collins

Saturday 12th October | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Study the shapes, outlines and patterns of leaves and their markings to cut out and create appliquéd shapes, which we will combine together to make an unusual hand-embroidered piece on a felt background.

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Tetra Pak Intaglio with chine colle and colour gelliprinting  with Emma Taylor

Tetra Pak Intaglio with chine colle and colour gelliprinting with Emma Taylor

Sunday 13th October | 9:30am - 2:00pm

We will be exploring Tetra Pak intaglio printing by working into food packaging to create layers with a drypoint tool. This will introduce you to the idea of producing detailed lines and textures in the soft surface before running them through the press.

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      Fraser BishopFraser Bishop
      10:50 11 Jul 22
      Wonderful garden well worth a visit. Great variety of plants showing so many ways of portraying a garden layout. Must comment on the great tea and cakes selection, our dog loved the doggy ice cream!
      Joan DaniellJoan Daniell
      15:13 06 Jul 22
      Beautifully planted area, in which you are encouraged to walk along paths between the plants so can be completely surrounded by foliage - a lovely effect.
      Peter WardPeter Ward
      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
      Mike CleggMike Clegg
      16:07 08 Jun 22
      Tea room not brilliant nice cake but coffee in paper cup. No other options other then tea coffee and cake. Opening times short 1 to 5 but gardens beautiful
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