Courses at National Trust Tyntesfield

Courses at National Trust Tyntesfield from Stunningfx

By: Stunningfx  28/01/2013
Keywords: Paint Effects, hand painted furniture, hand painted kitchens

Interior designer and paint effects specialist Vanessa Webb has worked as a volunteer at the National Trust property Tyntesfield, since it was acquired by the Trust after Lord Wraxall’s death in 2001. Vanessa studied art history and architecture at the University of Bristol and has worked as a specialist painter and restorer on many period properties over the years. Her interest in period architecture and interiors drew her to working at Tyntesfield. As a volunteer, Vanessa has had various roles over the last 10 years including that of guide and room interpreter, and since 2008 has worked on the wallpaper inventory.  This not only includes papers that can be seen in current interior schemes at the property, but many more rolls and wallpaper fragments  have been found in the Butler’s Cupboards on the first floor.  Some have been carefully labelled and identified by one of the Gibb’s families former housekeepers and have titles such as ‘Spotted Bathroom’, ‘Housekeeper’s Sitting Room’ and ‘Lady Wraxall’s Bedroom’. “It is a very slow process and a labour of love, but exciting, as I never know what I am going to find next! Vanessa commented. “The papers are very varied and include 19th century heavily embossed floral designs, trellis and bird papers and others with a paint effect that were used in estate workers cottages. My work here includes: describing the design and colour in detail, measuring the pattern repeat, and making note of the quality and condition, before they are photographed and I wrap and store the papers using conservation materials.” The interiors at the property have inspired Vanessa to offer a variety of new, one and two day interior design and specialist paint courses from the Sawmill Education Centre on the estate throughout 2013, where she will share her skills with students. She has run courses for many years at local and national level.  The courses at Tyntesfield include: ·         Paint Effects For Furniture ·         Interior Design ·         Craquelure and Decoupage  ·         A  Farrow & Ball paint and wallpaper workshop   In association with Farrow& Ball in Clifton, course participants use F&B paints and wallpapers to decorate a beautifully handcrafted pine cupboard made in Bristol.  Early booking is advised as spaces are likely to fill up quickly. Places are limited in order to ensure close attention by the tutor and create a quality learning experience.  To book or find out more, please email Vanessa on [email protected] or call 01275 853301 or visit her website: (look under Courses & Lectures)   For further information, look under Tyntesfield’s ‘Event’ section on the National Trust website  via this link.

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