Julia Clarke creates sculptures for indoor and outdoor spaces which have been exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. She works with willow, wire, steel, paper, and ceramic. Natural materials and environmental concerns are an important element of her work. This year, at SAMPLE Christmas, you can get involved in making your own willow star to deck the halls at home.
Join in on Saturday and Sunday between 11-2 and 3-6 / Free Pre Book Here
Hazel Gardiner is a floral artist whose work focuses on the synergy between flowers and colour, previously working with the Princes Trust, she's run workshops with Channel 4, Liberty, SpaceNK and Clerkenwell Design Week. You’ll make a sustainable festive wreath, from creating your moss base, through to adding hand-dried ingredients alongside the best of the British seasonal foliage.
Watch a free demo between 2-4 or book to make your own between 11-1 on Saturday and Sunday / £30 pp Pre Book Here
Founded by Kate Rochester, Hanbury Press produces limited edition books and printed papers using traditional crafts such as hand-binding methods and letterpress printing. Kate also works at Wyvern Bindery and teaches at London Centre for Book Arts. In this workshop you'll make an artisanal notebook from scratch - the perfect gift for Christmas. You'll learn how to make a single-section notebook, choosing papers inspired by your surroundings.
Join in on Saturday and Sunday between 11-2:30 and 3:30-7 / Free Pre Book Here
Karolina Merska is an expert 'pajaki' maker; creating papercraft inspired by Polish folk art. Her work has been published worldwide - including Channel 4, The World of Interiors, House and Garden, Elle Decoration, The Telegraph, Time Out, Harpers Bazaar and many more and she has exhibited at design festivals around the world. In this workshop, you'll learn about the history of the traditional 'pajaki' chandeliers hung at Christmas time -and make a 'kalinka' paper pompom to take home.
3 opportunities to join in on Saturday and Sunday between 11-1, 2-4 and 5-7 / Free Pre Book Here
Tabara N'Diaye is a basket weaver and co-founder of La Basketry, a homeware brand which specialises in baskets designed in collaboration with a group of female artisans in her native Senegal. In this workshop, you will learn traditional weaving techniques and come away with a basket worth gifting.
Join in between 11-1 and 3-5 on Saturday for workshops / £10 pp Pre Book Here
Drop in sessions between 1:30-2:30 and 5:30-7 / free
In this workshop, Deborah will show you how to make a leafy copper garland. With an oak leaf template that’s provided by the course and some soft copper, you’ll be able to create a garland that will add DIY shine to your holiday décor. More taken with silver or gold? Try using aluminium foil or brass foil instead.
Join in on Saturday and Sunday between 11-2 and 3-6 / Free (donations towards materials welcome) Pre Book Here
Create simple ceramic decorations using air dry clay and simple embossing techniques. White air-dry clay dries quickly and gives a porcelain effect. This workshop will be delivered by Studio Ranj who teaches at Turning Earth Studios.
Join in on Saturday between 12-1:30, 2-3:30 and 4-5:30 / £10 pp Pre Book Here
Work with flower designers Wilde Jasmine to make your very own Christmas wreath and/or Terrarium to ensure your home is looking as pretty and festive as possible this Christmas.
Wreath making - Saturday and Sunday 4pm / £30.50pp Pre Book Here
Terrarium making - Saturday and Sunday 11:30am / £25.50pp Pre Book Here
In this drop in workshop, you will be shown how to create professional-looking festive cards. You will be able to use stencils and prepared collage materials as well as high quality watercolour pencils to create your own designs. This workshop makes it easy for anyone to combine lettering, festive motifs and hand-drawn patterns and create their own signature Christmas cards.
Drop in on throughout the day on Sunday / Free Pre Book Here