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Artist Information : Laura Bradshaw-Heap
 
Category : Paper Making  
Preferred age groups : 8-16  
Maximum group size : 15 but up to 30 if groups split in to two sessions per day  
Workshop Proposals : Workshop one: Learn the ancient art of willow weaving over a one or two day workshop. Create willow animals or a beautiful woven sculpture in groups of two or three.
Workshop two: Paper-making and Book-binding (can be taught as separate workshops). Learn the wonder of papermaking.
Day one: Learn how to make your own paper pulp. Experiment with dyes, threads natural fibers and other interesting paper some thing special.
Day two: select the best sheets of paper to bind. Add additional decoration such as stitch and printing to paper. Learn about traditional and experimental binding. Then bind the paper to gather into a beautiful book.
Workshop three: (one day) Jewellery making and wire manipulation. Learn simple techniques such as manipulation of wire, creating clasps and basic jewellery design. Look at past and current jewellery work exploring the use of found objects, fabrics and plastics in contemporary jewellery.
Workshop four: (one day) Felting workshop one day workshop. Learn how to blend wool fibers together to create hand felted bags, accessories or pictures.  
Education/ 
Qualifications :
NVQ Level 3 Huntingdon Regional College 2005
NVQ Level 3 in Training and Professional Development
BA Degree in Applied Art - University of Hertfordshire 2004
BTEC in Fibre Art - Ballyfermot College Dublin 2003  
Exhibitions : Oct 2006 - Designer Crafts at Chelsea Town Hall
June 2005 - Contemporary Crafts at Bovey Tracey
Work showcased: Porta, Dextra, York Divine, Preston, Julia  
Location Info : East Anglia, London & South East and North East  
Work Experience : Art Club Leader - South Bucks District Council
Willow workshop - Watford Girls Grammar School
Jewellery workshop Art week - Astley Cooper School
Teaching - holiday art events - Wysing Art Centre
Friendly Frontiers - Wysing Art Centre
Wire and Jewellery workshops - University of Hertfordshire  
 
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