Norfolk Open Studios 2021- Craft Taster & Demonstration Day | Saturday 9th October 11am-3pm

As part of Norfolk Open Studios 2021, designermakers21 is hosting a FREE drop-in Craft Taster Day. Come along between 11am-3pm, and try your hand at printmaking, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics and Saori weaving with our members. Our resident jeweller Kate Heath will also be demonstrating Silversmithing techniques in her studio throughout the day.

No booking required, however, if taster sessions become busy, you may be asked to wait before having a go.

While you wait there is plenty to explore; including two exhibitions, our galleries and eleven working studios.


Norfolk Open Studios 2021 | 25th September-10th October

This year Norfolk Open Studios returns in the Autumn, running from the 25th September – 10th October.

designermakers21 will be open Thurs-Sat 10am to 5pm during Open Studios, with additional open days on Sunday 26th September and Sunday 3rd October. Visit our galleries, Showcase Exhibition and 12 resident makers in their studios.

Come along to our FREE Drop-In Taster and Demonstration day on Saturday 9th October between 11am-3pm. Watch a Silversmithing demonstration by our resident jeweller Kate Heath, and try your hand at lino printing, ceramics, Saori weaving, mosaics and metal work with our studio members.

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Members pose outside Designer Makers 21 Shop and gallery

Adult Drawing Workshops @ Fox Wood Forest School

Update Autumn 2021 – all sessions will now take place at designermakers21. Click here for more details.

Relaxed, friendly, fully tutored class

First Saturday of the month

Starting on Saturday 5th June 2021 1pm-4pm, at Fox Wood Forest School, Brewers Green, Roydon, IP22 5SD (parking available on site)

£22 per workshop, including materials and refreshments

Class sizes are kept small to ensure each student is assured individual attention, so please book in advance to guarantee your place.

To book and for further information please contact Clare by text on 07870813643

or email: clare@birksholden.co.uk

Drawing & Painting for Children @ Fox Wood Forest School

Update Autumn 2021 – all sessions will now take place at designermakers21. Click here for more details.

Enjoy exploring different drawing and painting techniques, mark making, and using different materials.

Dress for Mess and Wrap up Warm!

First Saturday of the Month

Starting from Saturday 1st May 2021 10am – 12noon

£15 per workshop, including materials and refreshments

Location: The Barn, Fox Wood Forest School, Brewers Green, Roydon, IP22 5SD

A magical place where children can have adventures…’

Class sizes are kept small to ensure each child is assured individual attention, so please book in advance to guarantee your place.

To book and for further information please contact Clare by text on 07870813643

or email: clare@birksholden.co.uk


An opportunity to learn new skills

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB.

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Please contact the individual members if you are interested in attending a workshop.

Workshops offered in the studios by members –

Printmaking – Annette Rolston & Mike Fenton
Feltmaking – Janine Oxley
Mosaics – Joy Holden
Jewellery – Kate Heath
Sewing and upcycling – Marie Mallen
Freestyle Saori weaving – The Saori Shed
Theatre crafts – Christopher Holden
Stained glass – Hunnybunny Glass
Basic skills with hand tools – David Whatley Ceramics – Kate Welton

The Upstairs workshop and exhibition space hosts a rotating calender of events by external practioners

Printmaking – linocut & mixed media

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB

Because of the Covid 19 outbreak it is not possible to run any workshops at the moment. Please contact Annette if you are interested in attending a workshop in the future.

2 day course, from 10.30 to 5pm – Price £165

This course covers linocut and mixed media printing. Students get to print onto fabric – linen, cotton, satin etc., to create several cushion cover fronts or wall-hangings. A calico shopping bag and a blank medium-sized silk scarf are also included to block print onto, along with half a dozen blank greetings cards and sheets of paper.

Annette teaches only two students each time who receive lots of individual tuition, and have plenty of scope to create and print several variations of their print blocks within the allotted time.

The aspects that have most delighted the students have been exploring the different marks made by the carving and engraving tools, the range of imagery possible and how to ink creatively and colourfully.

Many have discovered ‘jigsaw’ linocuts for the first time and produced multi-coloured images using one print block. They have explored painterly stencil prints onto fabric too, experimenting with impressions of leaves, grasses feathers and lace etc., combined with block-printing of linocut motifs. Almost all students aim to purchase their own tools and materials to continue printing at home, which Annette gives guidance on plus suppliers lists.

Annette provides all materials – lino, vinyl, carving tools, drill, inks, rollers, printing press, paper, fabric (linen, cotton, satin), calico shopping bag, silk scarf, 6 greetings card blanks. Teas, coffees, biscuits are also provided. She has recommendations for local accommodation if needed.

Printmaking – linocut 1 day course

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB

Because of the Covid 19 outbreak it is not possible to run any workshops at the moment. Please contact Annette if you are interested in attending a workshop in the future.

Develop a linocut image, either A6 or A5 in scale.  Try out professional cutting tools, experiment with mark-making. Use traditional grey lino and a new softer vinyl.

Carve the image then print in black and white on paper through a printing press as well as learning hand printing techniques. Subsequently, print over a monoprinted background, then try over-printing in colour. Print several prints in the session, fabric off-cuts available as well as a selection of papers. Explore some colour inking, masking and layering techniques if time allows.

If you have any images that you would like to work with please bring them along, otherwise there will be images provided. Bring a packed lunch and an apron.

£75 per person, 10.30am to 4.30pm

Regular ongoing workshops for 1 or 2 people. Contact Annette Rolston to arrange days