Helen Rawlinson Design art classes in London
Helen Rawlinson Design art classes in London

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Helen Rawlinson Design

31 reviews
31 reviews

Helen is a textile designer, based at the Chocolate Factory studios N16, London. She hand screen prints designs for a variety of interior accessories, sold via her online shop and teaches screen printing workshops in small groups from her fully equipped print studio. .

She has over 20 years experience in screen printing and with an MA in mixed media/embroidery at the RCA her work also has a stitched quality and is the signature to her original lampshade range. Helen's teaching experience is extensive having worked for several years at a crafting venue in Islington - she enjoyed teaching screen printing, lampshade making and machine embroidery to a lively, sociable after work crowd. She runs occasional after school and holiday workshops and has taken print workshops into local primary schools.

Helen is now pleased to be offering beginners screen printing classes from her fully equipped print studio for both adults and children.

Children are incredibly curious and receptive to the hands on experience of screen printing and Helen is enjoying the opportunity to give back to the younger generation of creatives, eager to learn.

For adult workshops - this is a chance to try something new - have fun with friends and get creative without fear of messing up - screen printing is all about surprise and uncertainty with some amazing results, whether intentional or not and it's all good stuff.

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Catherine Jacobs
9 Aug
Helen run for me a birthday t-shirt and bag screen printing workshop for my 10 year old and 5 friends. They had a marvellous time making them and all the children and parents were really delighted with the quality of the final items. I've been recommending the birthday workshops to other parents ever since!
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Greta aged 9
10 Aug
I learnt how to screen print tops and bags. Helen was very nice and helped me in doing a hard cut out. The venue was inspiring and very intresting. I would definitly go there again, infact I'm already booked on two workshops which I am looking forward to!
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Alice
16 Dec
My 10 year old son and 5 mates had the most brilliant experience - and created & produced some fabulous prints! Can’t rate this workshop enough! Thank you so much!
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Annelies
27 Nov
Such a fun and creative workshop. Helen is super patient and an artistic inspiration. The workshops take place in her studio which is full of life and colour and a pleasure to spent time in. And, I went home with my very own designed and printed t-shirt! I'm going back to do tea towels next. I would thoroughly recommend it!!

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Catherine Jacobs
9 Aug
Helen run for me a birthday t-shirt and bag screen printing workshop for my 10 year old and 5 friends. They had a marvellous time making them and all the children and parents were really delighted with the quality of the final items. I've been recommending the birthday workshops to other parents ever since!
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Greta aged 9
10 Aug
I learnt how to screen print tops and bags. Helen was very nice and helped me in doing a hard cut out. The venue was inspiring and very intresting. I would definitly go there again, infact I'm already booked on two workshops which I am looking forward to!
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Alice
16 Dec
My 10 year old son and 5 mates had the most brilliant experience - and created & produced some fabulous prints! Can’t rate this workshop enough! Thank you so much!
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Annelies
27 Nov
Such a fun and creative workshop. Helen is super patient and an artistic inspiration. The workshops take place in her studio which is full of life and colour and a pleasure to spent time in. And, I went home with my very own designed and printed t-shirt! I'm going back to do tea towels next. I would thoroughly recommend it!!
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Rhea
7 Jan
We had a wonderful time with Helen who was very encouraging and helpful and easy to get on with. Her cozy studio was the perfect place to get crafty. We're already thinking about going back now we have the screen printing bug and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
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Rose White
2 Apr
Helen was fantastic. Very friendly and explained things clearly . She made the whole process fun and we were all delighted with the tote bags or tea towels we printed. Would highly recommend and hope to do another class with her in the future.
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Honnie
1 May
Helen is a great teacher I really enjoyed and learnt a lot from the beginners level course! She gave some hand tips!
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Sacha
18 May
Great class, Helen is very personable and knowledgeable and I ended up with something that I was really happy with.
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Laura
1 Jun
Great introduction to screen printing. It was lovely to meet Helen and learn from her in her beautiful studio. The class allowed for a good balance of creativity/freedom and support - the smaller group size helped us get more out of it. After a dry run, you work on your print for a tea towel or tote bag to take home. Would definitely recommend!
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Kate
11 Aug
Helen is a fantastic teacher, explains things well, makes you feel very welcome and we even got a lovely cuppa. I came away with a great shopper bag with my own design on it...very satisfying. I'm now feeling totally inspired and wanting to do more. I would recommend this class to anyone wanting to be creative and inspired or just try something new. Thanks very much Helen
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Jane Simmonds
12 Aug
Helen’s class was a delight. Helen is a great teacher and packed in a great deal of information in a short time. The session was well planned and we achieved a great deal under her careful and thoughtful tuition.
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Jonny MacDonald
12 Aug
I found the whole experience a delight. Helen was lovely and went at a nice steady, relaxed pace so you didn’t fall behind. I found the studio a really nice, sweet creative place to create some cool stuff. I will defo go back there for a course in the future. The outcome was so pleasing. Print screening, Cup of tea and a few cheeky choc biscuits......can’t go wrong! 😁
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Elsie
27 Aug
We had a really fun afternoon with Helen and was able to create some great personalised bags in the short lesson. Her studio is lovely, fully of inspiration. We were a group of 4 friends so were able to arrange a private session with Helen at a time that suited us. This was perfect. Thanks so much.
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Samantha Boatswain
22 Nov
The work shop was lovely with elaborate printing displays of all the screen printing fabrics and soft furnishing displays Helen is very delightful friendly a d very artistic . She made me feel very welcome and showed me lots of techniques and skills that can help me improve on my silk screening. She also gave me tips and information on the types of equipment and materials that I can obtain from various websites. It was a pleasure to work with her and I enjoyed my time there . I would definitely book another class.
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Lexy
12 Jan
Helen is friendly and welcoming, and her studio is lovely! Tea and biscuits were (gratefully) on hand, and she taught us about the basics of screen printing onto fabric. It was great that we were able to have a play at the technique before creating a print on a tote bag or tea towel to dry and take home. The workshop was very informative and fun, Helen has created a really welcoming atmosphere where you can be creative without judgement, it was fab! Will definitely be going back!
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Lexy
12 Jan
Helen is friendly and welcoming, and her studio is lovely! Tea and biscuits were (gratefully) on hand, and she taught us about the basics of screen printing onto fabric. It was great that we were able to have a play at the technique before creating a print on a tote bag or tea towel to dry and take home. The workshop was very informative and fun, Helen has created a really welcoming atmosphere where you can be creative without judgement, it was fab! Will definitely be going back!
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Jo
12 Jan
Helen was an absolutely wonderful teacher - friendly, encouraging, calm and clear. Plus her own screen printing work in her workshop was beautiful. She let me do more than I should have asked for and was really patient and helpful. I made something that I absolutely LOVE and I had a super lovely few hours learning how to screen print in her super cute studio. I would recommend this course to everyone. I definitely now want to do more screen printing. Thank you Helen - my print has pride of place in my room and I feel so happy whenever I look at it! P.S. she also has DELICIOUS jasmine tea.
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Sarah Wiseman
13 Jan
Helen was fantastically welcoming and easy to chat to. She taught the class in a very relaxed way that put us all at ease. We completed two different screen prints - the first was a purposefully quick design and print to get us used to the process (I'm turning mine into a makeup bag!) and the second was a carefully planned one. The venue is really lovely and full of bits and pieces to inspire you. I went in without an idea and came out with two pieces of screen printing that I can't stop telling people about!
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Elena McMurdo
24 Jan
I thoroughly enjoyed Helen’s class; it was the perfect mix with an authentic studio to work in alongside an informative, welcoming and productive session with an expert. I’ve caught the bug and can’t wait to screen print more. Thanks again Helen, I’ll definitely be back.
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catherine
25 Jan
This is such a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. Helen explains everything in a friendly and thorough way. I met new people, had a cup of tea and came away with a lovely tea towel. I absolutely loved this class, I will definitely be back. Highly recommend. Catherine
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Ali
26 Jan
This was my first course booked through Obby and I was SO pleased I signed up for it. The class was a really good size of 4 people so we all had enough time to take everything on board. Helen is really friendly, welcoming and patient. She explained the screen-printing processes clearly, showing us all the equipment and guiding us through each step making sure everyone knew what they were doing. We all had a practise run before putting our own chosen designs onto Tote Bags or Tea Towels. There were lots of fabric paints, stencils, shapes and ideas to choose from if anyone wanted some inspiration. Helen gave everyone 1:1 help and attention - not to mention some fab Jasmin Tea! So we all had plenty of time, nothing was rushed (in fact the course ran over). It was great to come away feeling you have learnt something new and better yet - created something that you could take with you. I would highly recommend Helen's course to anyone wanting to learn screen-printing. It's a very therapeutic, creative and rewarding craft. I'd definitely like to go back and learn some more screen printing techniques! Thanks Helen for a really lovely morning of learning and creating! x
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Jonathan
8 Feb
Great class, loads of fun, love my new tote bag 🤗 Hellen was a super patient teacher 👩🏼‍🏫💪
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Rebecca
11 Feb
I had a great time at Helen’s class, her studio was lovely with lots of inspiration and examples of work she’s previously created. I’d never done fabric printing before but Helen explained the process really clearly and let us have a go on a sample piece of fabric before we created our final product. She gave individual guidance in choosing our designs and how to cut the stencils, even offering tea and biscuits which was a lovely extra! Helen didn’t rush us even though the class ran on a little, allowing us all to finish our work. I’m now left with a fab tote bag that I’ve already had compliments on! Overall a really fun friendly class, would definitely recommend :)
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Danny Hannaford
20 Feb
What a fantastic class. I took my partner as a valentines gift as its something she has always wanted to do. Helen was very welcoming and had some biscuits at the ready to snack and some wonderful Jasmine tea. The course itself is very informative and fun and you get a lot of Helen's time due to the intimate size of her workshop which is fantastic. I would highly recommend this class to anyone. We got a tote bag that each of us had made plus some samles we had made which are all being put to good use. Definitely go to this class, you wont regret it.
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Gemma
23 Feb
Fantastic beginners' introduction to screen printing. Helen was very patient and explained the technique well. A fun and educational day!
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Gemma
23 Feb
Fantastic beginners' introduction to screen printing. Helen was very patient and explained the technique well. A fun and educational day!
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Margaret Lofthouse
23 Feb
Helen is very welcoming and knowledgeable and the venue is a working studio with lots of inspirational prints and resources on display. Helen showed us how to create and set up a design created with paper cut outs or tape for printing with a screen and squeegee onto either a bag or tea towel. The finished results were amazing and we all left the session excitedly clutching our creations and buzzing with our new found skill. Helen was brimming with ideas and advice at every stage of the process and enjoyed sharing her expertise with us. Thank you Helen :)
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Margaret Lofthouse
23 Feb
Helen is very welcoming and knowledgeable and the venue is a working studio with lots of inspirational prints and resources on display. Helen showed us how to create and set up a design created with paper cut outs or tape for printing with a screen and squeegee onto either a bag or tea towel. The finished results were amazing and we all left the session excitedly clutching our creations and buzzing with our new found skill. Helen was brimming with ideas and advice at every stage of the process and enjoyed sharing her expertise with us. Thank you Helen :)
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Melanie
9 Mar
I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to screen printing! Helen was really friendly, talked through all the key points and was attentive while we worked to help guide us. She provides plenty of materials and inspiration to help you decide your print. Would definitely recommend it!
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Sarah Drummond
9 Aug
My daughter and her friend attended Helen's workshop. There were items laid out to inspire them and help them come up with their own ideas. They produced lovely bags and came out with a very good idea of how to screen print.
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Room Parmar
23 Aug
The class was absolutely fantastic, a group of 6 kids ranging from 5-13yrs old. I wasn't sure what to expect. .but we all couldn't be happier. My 5yr old loved making his own t-shirt. Helen was calm and explained all the processes to the children. It was all very hands on and allowed the kids to be creative and independent with their designs. As soon add their session ended they wanted us to re-book. We are all all definitely going back!

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