15 hour workshop
Discover how to use paper collage to create your own Papershade -a unique paper lampshade which will brighten up your home whether the lights are on or off!
This workshop is relaxed, fun and super-creative and something everyone can do. All the materials are provided - tissue paper, gift wrap, wallpaper, magazine pages - anything which can be torn or cut out and stuck down onto a template. With expert guidance from Ros Freeborn, founder of Papershades, you'll discover how to create a beautiful design on a card template which, when it's finished, will be printed onto five panels of Papershades translucent paper.
You'll find out how to interpret a creative idea you might have been nurturing for ages, or be inspired by the huge variety of paper and materials on offer which can be used to create a totally unique design. There's plenty of time to think about what you would like to make, a bit of advice where needed but basically you will create a lampshade like no other in the world. Once the design has been printed onto five A4 pages of paper it is cut out and the panels are fixed to the Papershades wheels which fit comfortably and safely onto any average lamp or light fitting. Everyone will go home with a lampshade which might have been designed specifically for a room, makes a highly original present or simply ensures that your lampshade is not boring.... it is art!
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This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
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About your host, Papershades
Papershades was set up by artist Rosalind Freeborn who specialises in paper collage. She wanted to find a way to make her art available beyond a work on canvas.
Ros found a way to 'reinvent the wheel' - to create two sizes of wheels which can grip panels of paper and make a lampshade which fits comfortably and safely on the average lamp stand or room light. She launched Papershades with a range of floral designed based on her own paper collage work. She's developing new ranges all the time, including festive Papershades for Christmas.
Ros has developed a way for everyone to create their own, stunning and totally unique paper lampshades. She set up Papershades workshops in her studio in north London to enable anyone to have a go. All the materials are provided - loads of tissue paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper, pages torn from magazines - and she offers guidance so that everyone can do it and everyone goes home with an amazing paper lampshade like no other in the world!
There's listening time, thinking time, experimenting time, making time and then sticking time! Once each person's template is ready Ros will print it onto five panels of Papershades translucent paper. The template is then cut out and fixed onto the wheels and....voila! a lampshade has been produced.
And, most importantly, there is cake! The Papershades cake, complete with lettering, has become an essential ingredient to fuel creativity and chatter throughout the workshop.
You don't need to bring anything to a Papershades workshop. Everything is provided. However, if you do have a favourite paper - wrapping paper, wallpaper, photos or printed materials which you'd like to incorporate into the design, bring it along. Sometimes people come with a firm idea of what they'd like to make and find a way to bring their vision to life. Others might have an idea but become fascinated by the potential of all the material, inspiration and stimulation on offer and decide to go for something completely different. Some people have a specific lamp-stand in mind - perhaps an antique or an heirloom or one where the old shade has disintegrated or is too old-fashioned. It's great to create a paper lampshade which complements the colour or shape of a specific lamp and brings something which might have been consigned to a cupboard or even cast out back to life. Papershades workshops last about three hours and can be scheduled into the morning, afternoon or evening. They are great for small groups of up to six around Ros's studio table or larger groups will fit around a long table in a bigger space. The Papershades studio is very easy to reach by public transport. There will always be Papershades cake to help fuel the creativity and encourage artistic endeavour. Workshops are always very enjoyable and chatty and everyone takes delight in seeing what everyone else has created. Several people like the shade they've created so much that they order further copies (perhaps for lamps on either side of a spare bed) or can't wait to come back to have another go.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.