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Flower Fairies watercolour and paper art workshop

Paint your own watercolour, or make a paper cut of a Flower Fairy-inspired design

Draw inspiration from the Flower Fairy illustrations with artist Jessica Palmer.  Their delicate watercolour style and story-book imagery will be our starting point to create new designs.  Working with a letter or a flower pattern, we will use watercolour paints or make black and white paper cuts with a strong graphic style.  There will be a chance to do both if you wish.  Your ticket includes a visit to the exhibition and all materials and tools.

Course Leader Biography

  • Jessica Palmer

    Jessica Palmer

    Jessica Palmer is the in-house illustrator for English Heritage and author of a number of best-selling art books, including The Art of Papercutting (Search Press).

    Jessica’s artwork plays with the endless possibilities of paper. She draws on her knowledge of paper as a medium to capture movement, shape and space using paper cutting, collage and drawing. Her work often revolves around conservation and nature. For an exhibition in Rhode Island she chose to display imperilled American Wildflower species in a giant 20 foot long collage. Her Tiffany Glass book contains 85 plant and flower drawings and her best selling Tangle Wood is full of the flora and fauna of the hedgerows near her home in Bath. Other inspirations come from her love of ancient embroidery, tapestries, costumes, lace, knitting and stained glass.

    Jessica is a Visiting Artist at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Sir John Soane Museum, Museum of London, Holburne Museum in Bath, British Museum, Hampton Court Palace, Wallace Collection and National Portrait Gallery and many others.

    Amongst her commissions are a Tudor Paper Galleon, entirely constructed from Tarasen grass paper, which is now permanently installed at the Tudor House Museum in Southampton, and a sequence of ‘papel picados’ for Pixar Disney to launch the movie Coco. Her dry papier mache technique was also used to create a scale-model Paper Palace in Hampton Court’s Cartoon Gallery.