Isla Simpson's floral paper cuts

Minerva Workshop

We all began lockdown with the best intentions: we’d learn a new language, pick up embroidery, finally read that stack of books. Whilst we can’t say we’ve mastered as much as we hoped, we have loved spending more time creatively. Keep up the momentum as life and work resumes with the help of the Minerva Workshop. A kind of creative club for grown-ups it’s the place to learn decorative skills from expert makers. These include a really top range of specialists (Isla Simpson, Molly Mahon, Tracey English etc.) some of whom are the best in their fields and who work in specialisms that are on the Heritage Risk Red list of crafts with only a handful of practitioners in the UK. Classes on offer include floral paper cutting, quilting, passementerie, lampshade making, book binding, collage and couching, and most can be undertaken by beginners.

After a C-19 hiatus, Minerva is opening again next month. This summer we have our eye on the Life Drawing Boot Camp (17-21 August) with Leo Crane who trained in painting under Maggi Hambling CBE and watercolour artist and Minerva founder, Lottie Cole. These two tutors are for just 6-8 course participants, as with all Minerva classes, so you’ll get really close guidance. In September, Carolyn Dunster, botanical stylist, planting designer and author will lead a Botanical Cloud and Hoop Workshop where you can learn how to dry flowers and then create a contemporary installations using flowers, grasses and seed heads grown in Carolyn’s garden in north London and harvested over the summer. Check out the full calendar and book here.


Minerva Workshop
From August 2020
Unit 2, Dove Centre 109 Bartholomew Road, NW5 2BJ
— Daisy Allsup
8th July 2020