Discover the magical world of paper collage at a Papershades workshop. You'll join a table in an artist's studio where you'll have a huge choice of paper for you to create one design on A4 paper. Once you're happy with the design it will be printed onto special paper. You then trim the paper and assemble the lampshade using a unique 'wheel' to grip the panels in place. And voila! you will have created a beautiful paper lampshade which will brighten up your home whether the lights are on or off.Detailed description:
Join a group of people around a table in Rosalind Freeborn's studio in her home in Muswell Hill north London. You'll be given all the materials and expert tuition. Everyone will have a huge choice of paper - tissue paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper, printed paper to create their own design. There's plenty of time to work out how to arrange the paper fragments on the card. Once you're happy with the design Ros will give you glue to stick it down. Then she'll print your design onto five panels of Papershades paper. This is special, strong, translucent paper which is ideal for paper lampshades. You'll then assemble your Papershade from the five panels. They're fixed in place with two 'wheels' - one large, one small and then everyone can see their finished lampshade on a lampstand. Turn on the bulb and hurrah! You have a beautiful lampshade.
I'm Rosalind Freeborn and I'm a paper collage artist. I went to art school to learn how to paint in oils. I was especially interested in portraits. But I discovered I really loved paper and the way paper collage can do all the things I wanted with paint, only more. So I decided to concentrate on working with paper. I make art on canvas for the walls but I also discovered that I could adapt my art to create designs for lampshades. I was very keen to invent a product for the home. So I invented Papershades. Now I can create my own designs and use them to create a range of paper lampshades which I sell online.
I love sharing my enthusiasm for paper with my students and it's always a thrill to see what everyone does.
Workshops take place in my studio which is in my home in Muswell Hill, north London. The room is a good size with a large table in the middle which we all sit around. I can seat six comfortably and eight with a bit of extra surface. If a larger group wants to come I can extend the workshop to another room. The studio is on the ground floor with one step up from the front door. The loo is up a flight of stairs. Workshops last around three hours. I provide lots of tea and coffee and always make a cake.
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Papershades is good for all ages. I suggest a minimum age of 10 years because there are scissors to use and sometimes scalpels. But if you can tear rather than cut the paper. There will be glue to fix to paper so a level of dexterity is needed. The workshop is on the ground floor with one step up to the front door. But the loo is up a flight of stairs.