Take inspiration from the painted interiors at Charleston. Learn the various paint effects and antiquing techniques that can be used to recreate that distinctive look. Transform your final pieces with glazes and waxes to create heirlooms of the future.
Participants should bring their own small items to work on, for example stools, boxes or lamp stands. You must be able to comfortably carry the piece, and it must be able to fit on a 60cm square work space.
The piece needs to be clean, free of loose paint, unvarnished/un-waxed/un-lacquered.
About the tutor: Melissa White
From my studio in Hastings on the Sussex coast of England, I design and hand paint surface pattern for interiors. Working largely to commission I create bespoke pieces for domestic, commercial and heritage interiors.
I came to the world of decorative interiors from an unconventional direction, specialising in reproducing Elizabethan wall paintings and painted cloths in the tradition of the craftsmen known as “painter stainers”. I’ve remained intrigued by this beguiling genre researching and reproducing rare designs for museums and historic houses whilst also adapting them for modern tastes.
At the same time my inherent love of surface pattern has drawn me towards diverse and ever-changing influences for my designs. My open-minded and inquisitive approach to decoration makes for fruitful collaborations whilst ensuring the artwork carries my distinctive signature.
This signature style is imbued with a historic, artisanal and painterly feel that has its roots in the wall paintings of old. My paintwork is often finished with ageing and distressing to distance it from the new and the mass produced, adding what I think of as “The patination of time”.
Photo 1 & 3 c. Penelope Fewster, photo 2 c. Melissa White