20 July 2017

a workshop with Anne Hellyer

Back in early June we had a great time when Anne Hellyer came to visit us at Porthmeor Studios.  Anne gave us a wonderful workshop creating some of her trademark cottages.  She was a very generous and fun tutor and we loved it so much - thank you very much for coming all the way down to Cornwall to share your workshop with us Anne.

Anne's cottages are so beautiful.  She very kindly brought along a large selection of her work to share with us.  Her cityscape pieces inspired by London were awesome and her town houses and cottages so colourful and inspiring, each of them one of a kind and full of tiny details.




For our workshop choice we decided to go for a row of four cottages that could be left as a row or tied together in a square to make a tea light holder. 




Anne provided all the materials.  The fabrics were all hand dyed by her, in every colour and tone of colour you could wish for. 

The sparkly white snowy cottages are especially lovely for winter / Christmas and a couple of members went for these.  Some went for a St. Ives / Cornish theme for their cottages with sea and sand and others went for more colourful choices with lovely quirky details.  They were all very lovely indeed ... and again, very much one of a kind.

Jo Walden's St. Ives cottages ...



Carolyn's snowy St. Ives rooftops (in progress) ...


Very colourful cottages ...


Jo McIntosh's favourite "mermaid" colours ...


Anne very kindly shared with us her "recipe" for creating these beautiful fabrics and Jo McIntosh and Carolyn Saxby had a session together painting fabrics the "Anne Hellyer way".  These are Jo's and Carolyn's fabrics painted, scrunched and left to dry.




And these are some of Carolyn's hand dyed fabrics after washing / ironing ...



We all had a great time on Anne's workshop having fun creating these cottages.  Although, they are still very much in progress (as there are many fine details to add personality to each one) we are endeavouring to finish our cottages to create a lovely display of them all together at our show in September.  A whole town of cottages twinkling with fairy lights.  It's sure to be magical at our exhibition this year.  Please do come along, if you can.  We would be so pleased to meet you and share our work with you.

St. Ives Textiles
"Kernow Inspirations" - an exhibition of textile art inspired by aspects of Cornwall
Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St. Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1NG
9-16 September 2017