Helen Stone - Art
Helen Stone has trained both in illustration and contemporary portraiture and has gone on to teach art to all kinds of students from children at a local parent-partnership school to team-building days for high-flying corporate execs at a London art college. Her own art practise is about the everyday stories of being human and she truly believes art is for everyone. Tell her you’re no good at art and she’d just love to prove you wrong.
Dele - Isla Joy Creations
Dele lives in East Grinstead, West Sussex and started decoupaging in 2019. After seeing a few decoupaged items on Pinterest and being a lover of crafts she started practicing the decoupage techniques and quickly moved on to selling her items online in 2020 via her small business Isla Joy Creations UK.
Dele describes decoupage as fun, therapeutic and incredibly rewarding. It's a very forgiving craft and so easy to learn, even her 8 year old daughter, whom her business is named after, has created and sold decoupaged items.
Helen - Wallace Lettering
Helen is a hand lettering artist based in West Sussex, working in a variety of styles using watercolour, ink, brush pens, paint brushes and nib.
She developed a love for type when designing her wedding stationery back in 2017 and calligraphy quickly became her favourite pastime, evolving into a passion she wanted to share with others.
Shortly after getting married Helen set up her own design studio Wallace Lettering, where she now designs custom lettering for corporate brands, bespoke wedding stationery, greeting card designs, signage & chalk boards.
Eva-Marie - Glass Fusing
Eva-Marie Allen is the owner of Painty Pots studio in Charlwood. She is passionate about sharing the therapeutic benefits that arts and crafts bring to our busy daily lives and is a keen advocate for supporting women in business. “I love that ANYONE can produce a beautiful piece to be proud of, from baby's first hand print to a lifetime of experience. I am so proud and thankful every day that I work with my passion and creativity”
Rosie - Twig Ceramics
Rosie is a potter and pottery teacher making botanical pressed tableware. Her workshops are focused on bringing plants, people and clay together. She works from her studio collective in Lindfield. "I’m lucky enough to have a studio surrounded by the woodlands in Sussex, where I walk and forage for plants which I use in my process. I love to be outdoors and connected to the seasons. The natural colours, textures and patterns I notice around me make their way into my work."
Rosie studied 3D Design and Crafts degree at the University of Brighton where she specialised in Ceramics. This was followed by completing a graduate residency programme in Denmark. She teaches wheel-based workshops at her studio as well as at pottery in Shoreham. Her botanical-themed workshops take place in interesting natural locations across Sussex.
Charlotte - Lino Printing & Art
Charlotte is an experienced artist and teacher who enjoys sharing knowledge and skills with
others in a calm, nurturing and friendly environment.
She passion for wildlife and nature and love to create artwork which is influenced by our natural surroundings, finding inspiration by walking in the Surrey Hills, taking photographs and bringing ideas back to her studio. Charlotte work in a variety of mediums including pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink and watercolour. However, printmaking has really
captured her imagination and she has enjoyed developing this technique. Last year Charlotte took part in Surrey Artists’ Open Studios where she exhibited a selection of her own prints.
Charlotte hopes to encourage others to enjoy and discover their own unique creativity.
Louisa Bull - Art
Louisa is a qualified teacher and has been teaching for over 20 years. Subjects including art to learners with learning difficulties and adults. She previously worked as a professional face painter and worked in some amazing places including Harrods and Chessington World of Adventures.
Louisa would have loved to have done a degree in art, but someone once told her she wasn’t any good …so she went out to prove them wrong and now says to everyone ‘believe in yourself’ it is the fun of the process – not the end result!
Art is therapeutic and she loves to share with others the enjoyment of creating a piece of art.
Julie Patton - Enamel Artist
Julie loves working with heat and the firing processes involved in both ceramic and enamel work. She thinks of herself as a mixed media artist, but mainly work as a ceramic and enamel artist.
Julie uses many different mediums, such as clay, vitreous enamel on copper and sterling silver. She believes that working in a single medium is restrictive to her artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style.
Julies inspiration comes from the world around us, she loves the beach and all the treasure it offers. Equally the woods and meadows of wild flowers, seeds and grasses. As an enamel artist Julie has been developing a body of work using these inspirations.
Nicoline - The Danes
Nicoline is Danish and grew up in Denmark but has worked and lived in the UK for the past 30 years. She trained as a theatre designer and has worked as a model maker for Madame Tussauds, as a prop maker and has dressed more Christmas trees and showrooms at Selfridges, shops and trade shows than she can remember while working for Gisela Graham, (the Christmas Decorations company). When she isnt crafting, she designs products for The Danes which she set up last year with a fellow Scandinavian selling and designing Scandinavian home and hygge creative lifestyle products.
She takes her inspiration from her Scandinavian upbringing and nature in the craft she makes and designs.
Melissa Ransom – Ceramic Sculpture
Melissa Ransom is art trained and specialised in making the 3 -dimensional form. She has exhibited her sculpture in historical gardens such as Standen, Sir Harold Hilliers and RHS Wisely and many others through-out the south of UK. Her work is mainly abstract and figurative where she makes her forms in clay and sometimes casts them in metal resins from her studio in East Grinstead.
‘Teaching the very- hands on -subjects. I like to influence students to believe that they can make and enjoy the results of their hard work. ‘Creativity takes courage’. The creative arts are for everyone’
Melissa has a degree in 3D design from Brighton University and a Post graduate in education.