Adult Workshops at Heal’s Modern Craft Market

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This February Heal’s (the Tottenham Court Road store) are hosting some very special workshops that celebrate using new materials and processes at their Modern Craft Market between 2-15 February. If you didn’t know, Heal’s really love emerging design talent, and like to push the boundaries in any way they can when it comes to furniture design, and for that matter design in general.

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During their Modern Craft Market, whilst they celebrate the best in contemporary craft (expect the best designer balloons, hand-made bunting and very hip jelly and ice-cream), they have invited six established furniture designers* to take over their front windows for a week.

*Chris Eckersley, Sarah Kay, William Warren, Gareth Neal, Carl Clerkin and the designer of Heal’s Koji collection, Koji Katsuragi

Heal’s catchphrase is to the point ‘good design, well made’, it’ works don’t you agree? For the curious here are some facts about Heal’s, you will now know why this company has a special place on the mantelpiece in the world of Design.

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Heal’s 

1. The store is over 200 years old, it started out as a bed maker in 1810.

2. The eldest of 5 children, Ambrose Heal studied at Marlborough College and Slade School of Art before beginning a two year apprenticeship as a cabinet maker at Graham and Biddle of Oxford Street.

3. Although dubious of his furniture designs, his father nevertheless admitted him to partnership in 1898 and allowed him a small part of the shop to show his work, where he gained the attention of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

4. In the early 1900’s he established an art gallery at Tottenham Court Road, showing works by Picasso, Wyndham Lewis and Modigliani.

5. His style of furniture helped to change the whole concept of home furnishing – leaving behind by the tyranny of ‘period style’ and providing an agreeable alternative to the reliance on antique-style furnishings.

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The Modern Craft Workshops  

(To book your place click on the link just above)

Tortie Hoare

Setting the market off with a bang, bespoke furniture designer Tortie Hoare provides an insight into the medieval art of leather moulding. This workshop is a unique opportunity to explore a centuries old technique by making a one-off piece for you to take home and treasure.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Tuesday 3 February 2015 Time: 12.30pm – 2pm Cost: £12 : Limited space available

Jo Davies

Exploring the translucent qualities of the material porcelain, Jo Davies’ workshop gives you the chance to design your own miniature porcelain tea light lantern. Using natural and man- made materials to imprint the piece, you will create beautiful patterns around the surface building them up to make a truly personal gift or memento.

*Please note: items cannot be taken away on the day as they have to be fired. Allow 7 days before pick up.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Wednesday 4 February 2015
Time: 12.30pm – 2pm Cost: £27 Limited space available

Gabrielle Vary

Providing a crash course in the intricate craft of knitting, Gabrielle Vary will take you through a range of skills and techniques; from teaching you the basics of how to use a knitting machine right through to creating Fairisle and pattern in knit. This one-to-one workshop is the perfect opportunity to take a love of knitting to the next level, giving you the chance to translate your designs into custom knitting patterns.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Thursday 5 February 2015
Time: 12pm – 2pm (30-minute slots) Cost: £7 Limited space available


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Gemma Waggett

Hosted by textile designer Gemma Waggett, this workshop teaches you how to create and screen print pattern on to your very own tote bag. Working alongside Gemma, you will learn all of the skills involved in using a digital embroiderer as well as translating to a silkscreen. With all materials provided, there’s nothing stopping you from making.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Friday 6 February 2015 Time: 12pm – 2pm (30-minute slots) Cost: £7 Limited space available

Stephanie Hosmer

Join ‘Miss Papercut’, aka Stephanie Hosmer, for an introductory workshop in crafting with paper. By first teaching you the techniques of how to use tools to cut from templates, the workshop leads on to you trying your hand at more complex patterns, creating a collection of beautiful cards in the process.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Saturday 7 February 2015
Time: 12.30pm – 2pm Cost: £12 Limited spaces available, adults only,

Katharina Eisenkoeck

This workshop lets you test out the techniques used by Katharina Eisenkoeck to mould leather and emboss concrete, creating 2 beautiful handmade napkin rings to take with you. By cutting the leather into strips then wet-forming it in water you will learn how to emboss the material with your own unique pattern, before

casting small cubes of concrete to attach to your napkins.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Monday 9 February 2015
Time: 12.30pm – 2pm Cost: £17 Limited spaces available.

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Justine Wall

Talking you through the different stages and techniques, Justine Wall’s workshop will show you how to design and make your very own lino-cut. Sketching your own designs onto tracing paper, you will transfer your creations onto lino block before carving in your design. This highly-skilled workshop includes all the materials you will need to create a master piece in your lunch break.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Tuesday 10 February 2015
Time: 12.30pm – 2pm Cost: £17 Limited spaces available, adults only

Zara Day of Rosemaryrose

Led by Zara Day of Rosemaryrose, this workshop gives you the chance to create your very own Love Token. Popular in the 19th Century, the Love Token is a gift traditionally given by gentleman to show their affection. The hearts are filled with fragrant local Cotswold lavender, which in Tudor times was associated with passion, and are hand-made using the traditional technique of embroidered stitches. The perfect workshop to craft handmade your Valentine’s Day gift.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Wednesday 11 February 2015 Time: 12.30pm – 2pm Cost: £12 Limited spaces available, adults only.

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Crafts Magazine Talk

Keeping it Real: craft and authenticity

From traditional techniques to cutting-edge digital processes, this panel discussion – chaired by Crafts’ editor Grant Gibson and featuring bodger-in-chief Chris Eckersley, Studio Manifold’s Zachary Eastwood-Bloom and up-and-coming designer Xenia Moseley – sets out to discover where the limits of craft reside and asks the question: what precisely is ‘real’ craft. The lively debate will be followed by drinks.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Wednesday 11 February 2015
Time: 6pm – 9.30pm RSVP: events2@heals.co.uk

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Out of the Dark

Join Out of the Dark at the Heal’s Modern Craft Market for their brand new, introduction to caning workshop. You will cover the history of caning plus examples of different caning styles. Learn the basics of 6 way chair caning on a small frame that you can then take home with you.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Monday 9 February 2015 Time: 6pm – 9pm Cost: £30 – all proceeds go to charity; Limited spaces available, adults only

Thomas Appleton

Using stone donated by London Stone Conservation, this workshop gives you the chance to try your hand at traditional techniques of letter carving. Under the watchful eye of master craftsman Thomas Appleton, you will carve letters in stone to take with you and enjoy at home. All equipment and materials needed for the workshop will be provided.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Friday 13 February 2015
Time: 12.30pm – 2pm Cost: £12 Limited spaces available, adults only

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Umut Yamac

With years of experience making delicate paper sculptures, this workshop will show you how to create your own handmade wall clock using the origami style of folding paper. Inspired by Umut Yamac’s own Perch Light artwork, each participant will be supplied with all the materials necessary to create their own clock to display at home.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Friday 13 February 2015 : Time: 5.30pm -7pm Cost: £12 Limited spaces available, adults only.

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Nancy Nicholson

Join us as the Heal’s Modern Craft Market learns the art and craft of stitch-work with Nancy Nicholson. During this workshop you will be shown many of the specialist stitches that Nancy uses in her designs, which will also be on display throughout the duration of craft market. You will also be provided with a printed motif for you to stitch and take home to enjoy.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ Date: Saturday 14 February 2015
Time: 12.30pm – 2pm : Cost: £12 mLimited spaces available, adults only.


 Heal’s are launching an ‘open call‘ for the annual Heal’s Discovers award. This is the first time they are running an open call, so are opening it up to all emerging designers. If you know anyone who might be interested please feel free to pass on this post.They are looking for print / textile designers as well as furniture/product designers.


Don’t Move, Improve!  : Free Style Consultations
As part of NLA (New London Architecture)’s “Don’t Move, Improve!” competition, Heal’s will offer free one-to-one style consultations at its Tottenham Court Road store on 24 January 2015, from 11am to 4pm. 

This event will include free industry advice from the Heal’s styling service. The in-house specialists will be available for advice on colour, texture and space planning with a focus on furniture, lighting and textiles.

WHEN: 24th January 2015 

WHERE: Tottenham Court Road – Fabrics Department


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