Spend the day with decorative specialist Melissa White, designing and painting an Omega Workshops inspired painted tray. You will begin the day with a private tour of the House, and the Omega Workshops exhibition for inspiration, and then design and paint your own tray.
You will learn various paint effects and antiquing techniques that can be used to recreate that distinctive look, as well as how to transform your final piece with glazes and waxes.
You will leave with something both beautiful and useful, for your home or an unique gift for someone special.
The day also includes all materials and a delicious lunch.
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”.