Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Paint Like A Pro This Weekend // Last Minute Cancellation

Due to a last minute cancellation, we now have one space available on the Paint Like A Pro workshop this weekend (26th-27th April 2014). If you would like to take this last spot, please click here to book online.


For this special weekend course, you will need to bring 2-3 pieces of small furniture* to work on.

Ideally, two pieces of wooden furniture (it doesn't matter if they are varnished or unvarnished) and an upholstery project such as a piano stool, small footstool with legs, or a dining chair with a drop in seat. The workshop is taught by Louisa Blackmore, the founder of West Egg, and she will be working on a few pieces of furniture so you will be able to see the progress over the course of the weekend.

* If you don't have furniture that you think is going to be suitable, don't worry, just send us an email and we will source some pieces for you at cost price.

Course Outline:

Saturday (10:00 am - 5:00 pm)
  • Introduction to the workshop
  • Choosing furniture; how to source pieces and what to look out for.
  • Preparation tips for all types of furniture including heavily varnished pieces.
  • Basic repair work, how to remove stains, guidance on the tools and materials required.
  • Furniture painting using chalk paints.
Sunday (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)
  • Waxing unpainted furniture and finishing techniques for unpainted furniture.
  • Different decorative techniques for painted furniture including distressing and authentic French country style, crackle effect, decoupage and gilding.
  • Finishing techniques including waxing, varnishing and sealing.
  • Basic upholstery - how to upholster simple projects such as a drop in seat dining chair, stool or footstool.
The workshop includes the following:

All materials for the weekend, including paints and waxes etc.
A full set of notes for each stage of the course with a breakdown of instructions for each process.
A one litre tin of Autentico chalk paint, a tin of wax and a paint brush.
Breakfast, lunch, snacks, all refreshments.

Price: £250 (don't forget to use the code EGG10 to get a 10% discount).

Book your place:

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Paper Hammer

When I was in Seattle last month I was lucky enough to stumble across Paper Hammer. If you are a stationery nerd, you are going to LOVE Paper Hammer. I could have spent hours in there, and I wanted to buy everything.

I visited their store at 1400 2nd Ave in Seattle, but the Paper Hammer studio is based in Tieton, Washington. It's such an interesting story behind the company itself, but first I have to share with you the story of Mighty Tieton.

So, Tieton is a town in the Yakima Valley in Central Washington. It has beautiful apple, pear, cherry and apricot orchards surrounding it and it also has the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop - sounds amazing doesn't it? Unfortunately, with the loss of many of the small family owned farms in the area, the economy suffered badly, particularly in the local town of Tieton. The collective 'Mighty Tieton' is a group of businesses that connect urban professionals like designers, architects and artists with studio and production space utilising unused buildings with the purpose of revitalising the local economy.

They are literally bringing this area back to life which is beyond inspiring - I think TED should ask them to do a talk at one of their events. It would be amazing to hear even more about this incredible story. Ed Marquand, the founder of Paper Hammer described it as "a romantic idea that has become a compelling story". I think that sums it up perfectly. There is lots more information on the Mighty Tieton website which you can visit here. When I go back to Seattle in the autumn, I am definitely organising a trip out to Tieton to see and visit all these amazing businesses.

So, back to Paper Hammer. Ed Marquand set up Marquand Books which produces books for museums. He wanted to set up a design studio where he could produce art books for private clients and work on different aspects of design that interested him. The result is Paper Hammer. They kindly let me take lots of photos to share with you all so here, come on a little tour with me:

Paper Hammer have an online store with a selection of some of their stationery, notebooks, posters and gifts. Take a look here. I can't wait to go and visit their studio in Tieton in autumn and see their production in action. I might also try to take the handwriting workshop if there is one on while I'm over on Bainbridge Island - it looks wonderful - you can read more about that here.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my visit to Paper Hammer, I bought a ton of loot I'll share with you another time as that is kind of a post in itself ;)

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