Monika Cilmi - Artist, specialising in Japanese art and crafts
Monika has a post-graduate certificate in Korean and Japanese art and an MA in fine art. She has exhibited her work internationally, and she works as both an artist and a tutor.
She is passionate about both Korean and Japanese art, and she is guided by the relationship between nature and gesture and is a published author of several books on origami, kirigami and Chinese brushwork.
We are very lucky to have Monika as one of our professional tutors - beginning with a choice of origami classes, Monika is looking at brushwork workshops with us in the near future.
Emma Fisher - Origami artist; Foldedsideproject
Emma hails from Manningtree and, as a local artist, her speciality is folded paper projects. You'll find her on Instagram as @foldedsideproject where you'll see her gorgeous array of folded paper lampshades.
In Emma's creative workshops, you'll learn the art of folding, scoring and manipulating paper to create impressive products including lampshades, Christmas bauble decorations and Froebel stars - a Christmas tradition from Germany.
Danielle Hopkinson - Stained Glass Artist
Our very own Danielle has been working with stained glass for over 25 years. Together with partner Ian Davis, she is the owner of The Stained Glass Studio. Having the opportunity to purchase the building next door, they opened Stoke Bridge Workshops in March 2018 to realise a dream of bringing professional workshops in art and design-led craft to the community.
Danielle Hopkinson is a designer with a successful business in stained glass. Her work ranges from small inexpensive decorations or more substantial sculptures to large murals and windows for public buildings and private houses.
Using a variety of kiln-based techniques, including painting, silver staining, fusing, casting and slumping, Danielle produces architectural stained glass. Her work ranges from large scale fixed pieces to interior screens, hanging panels and mirrors. Much of her commissioned work reflects the ideas and themes introduced by the client, while her exhibition pieces are inspired by natural forms and her own surroundings. Danielle studied Architectural Glass at Swansea College of Art and is a member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters.
WHO'S HOSTING YOUR WORKSHOP?
We're really lucky to have so many amazing colleagues and collaborators on whom we can call to offer an incredible range of professional workshops. Many of our hosts are people that we've worked with, that we've met along our professional path; either that or we've been introduced to them by others.
As we grow, we'll welcome new hosts - rest assured though, anyone that offers classes in our workshops will be a solid professional who can teach you a new skill, or build on something that you've previously learned, and that you'll be able to take away with you and build on.
Here's a brief outline of some of the tutors that we've welcomed to our workshops previously; many of them are regulars and offer various courses from time to time:
Wayne Tanswell, Master Signwriter
Wayne has been signwriting since 1980 and has worked all over the UK and abroad: Bahrain, Zambia, and European Countries such as Spain and Holland.
He's been commissioned by Sky TV, Lovejoy, Chris Rea, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Museum of Royal Worcester and projects for the Tate at the Blue Finn Building in London.
In his own words: "As a Lettering Artist, I have held several solo exhibitions including, Cambridge, London and in my home County of Suffolk.
My art consists of original quotations, mixed fonts, and merging a traditional skill with a contemporary flair. The "Writing Wrongs" exhibitions have been featured on the BBC and in national newspapers. I have a huge respect for time-honoured skills and intend to keep this tradition alive by running workshops both here and abroad."
We're really lucky to have Wayne as one of our professionals - he chooses to teach signwriting only at Stoke Bridge Workshops and at Central Saint Martins in the UK.
Andrea Wright, Silver Jewellery Artist
"For as long as I can remember I have always had a strong creative urge. From standing on boxes helping my Dad knead bread to create fantastical dough crocodiles, sculpting marzipan to create my own menagerie of various creatures to having an obsession with drawing, painting and creating things."
With a BA in Fine Art Printmaking and qualifications in silversmithing, Andrea is a true creative turning her hand to several different skills. Andrea has been part of a team running The Beatrice Royal Art Gallery in Eastleigh Hampshire and teaching an Art club for children, and has also worked in a high-end jewellery boutique surrounded by the work of the top 40 British jewellery designers.
Andrea brings both silver jewellery workshops with us, and different genres of printmaking.
John Ferguson, Photographer
John Ferguson is a professional documentary, lifestyle and portrait photographer, beginning his working life on Fleet Street in the 1980s.
John works on both large and small-scale projects producing relatable images that tell stories and has worked with many celebrities over the years from sports stars to starts of music, film, and television. In his words: 'the worst thing before any photo shoot would be "you've only got 10 minutes!"'
John's solo exhibition "Black Britannia, an Inspiration for the Next Generation" celebrated the contributions and achievements to UK culture and public life that black people have made over the last few decades. The 55 people featured in his exhibition have all succeeded in their chosen professions - definitely worth a look for fans of portrait photography.
With a whole host of awards under his belt, we're really fortunate to have John holding workshops with us.
Deborah Burrow (pictured right), Contemporary Landscape Artist
Debs is an accomplished, professional contemporary landscape artist and person of many talents and, in her own words: "I am inspired by the peace and magic
of wild landscapes and nature."
As well as working on painting series, sketching on location and collecting inspirations, Debs collaborates with other artists on specific projects. She has had residencies at several venues and also many solo and joint exhibitions - her work appears in many local and national galleries including Southwold, York, Cambridge, Pershore, Snape and Long Melford.
Debs brings painting and special paint effects workshops to us and also offers joint workshops with Laura (see below)
Laura Beardsell-Moore (pictured left), Artist Specialising in Oils
"I specialise in oil paintings inspired by gardens, fields, and woodlands. I am interested in the beauty and the fragility of the world around us and how to describe that in paint."
Laura studied at Winchester School of Art and went on to complete a Masters Degree in Contemporary Art, Criticism and Philosophy at the University of Essex. She's also studied colour theory at Centra St Martins and has taught art at GCSE, A-Level and Fine Art students at Degree level.
Laura regularly exhibits in venues in places such as Framlingham, Aldeburgh, Cambridge and, in her own words: "I was commissioned to paint two elephant sculptures for the charity art trail Elmer's Big Parade, Suffolk. Take part in the trail and look out for my two sculptures, 'Stella the Storyteller' and 'Poppy'!"
Laura will be offering workshops in oil painting both as solo classes and also joint workshops with Debs (see above)
Hannah Farthing, Print Maker
Hannah Farthing is an illustrator, designer & printmaker and studied Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where she worked in the print rooms, experimenting and developing her skills in a variety of print processes.
Hannah completed an internship as a designer/printer at legendary letterpress poster shop Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee which furthered her interest in gig posters and the design and print process.
The natural world, music, Americana, words, stories, wanderlust and ephemera provide rich sources of inspiration for Hannah. She brings these influences together in her linocuts and letterpress prints to create images that intertwine type and illustration. Each element of an image is hand carved from lino and/or hand set letterpress type, which is then inked and printed on vintage printing presses.
Hannah regularly hosts print making workshops with us and we always have amazing reviews from those taking part.