Currently at the Studio:

Hannah Davies is an award winning Wales based freelance designer and illustrator. She is a fine-detail Surface Pattern Design specialist who draws on her love of nature for inspiration, producing intricate work rich in texture and colour. Combining illustration and pattern design, Hannah says; ‘I use my imaginative and detailed hand-drawing as a starting point. I then develop this using my own vibrant watercolours and collage techniques creating quirky stories’.


Previous exhibitions at the Studio:

Helen Lang: Wet Paint

At the Studio from 8 – 28 October 2012

Originally from Devon, Helen now lives and works from a rather lovely SW London studio (from which she can witness squirrel fights in the park) and spends her time developing her decorative lettering styles, combining beautiful colour and clean lines to create a quirky and vibrant style.

She is very lucky to be able to paint and illustrate for a living in between walks with Desmond the Border Terrier Pup and her passion for her work is illustrated in everything she designs – with creatures and characters bursting into life in her colourful and gently humorous designs.

Helen has worked on a number of projects for many high profile organisations and companies in the UK, Europe and beyond including John Lewis, Harper Collins, Boden, Te Neues and the Tate. Her illustrations have also adorned an array of products over her career including t-shirts, porcelain mugs, greeting cards and stationery.

Powered by builders tea and bourbon biscuits and inspired by legends such as Charley Harper, Rob Ryan and Jim Flora as well as children’s illustrators Graham Oakley and Joseph Wright, she is also very partial to telling silly stories to children to make them smile. She is also very happy to accept commissions for personalised original artworks and has done so previously for occasions such as Birthdays, Wedding and Anniversary presents as well works for Baby congratulations and Remembrance.


Pop-up gallery celebrates the games
with an Olympic Graphic Arts Exhibition

After the huge success of the Alvarado Gallery’s debut show entitled “Pain
at the Dentist” in May 2012, the Alvarado Gallery returns with an exciting
new exhibition themed on the most momentous sporting event in history
– The Olympic Games.

This unique pop-up gallery will exhibit rare and exclusive artworks
from some of the UK’s most talented graphic artists and photographers,
celebrating the past and present Olympic Games. This exhibition will capture
the excitement and magnitude of the world’s biggest sporting event and
is a must-see for any art or sporting enthusiast.

The Olympic Graphic Art Exhibition is an exciting group show, including
works by Huntley Muir, Jamie Brown, Natalie Guinamard, Katherine Green,
Jack Featherstone, Adam Corbett, Raymond Edwards, William Edward Head,
Eric Shanes, Stone and Spear, John C Thurbin and Paul Smith.
The exhibition will run from 8th – 12th August, in Hampstead’s Perrins

Countryside and the City
5 – 31 May 2012

Illustrations, handmade woolly sheep and home accessories by Mary Kilvert will be on show at Oak Studio, Hampstead NW3 

Preview drinks: Saturday 5 May, 4pm – 6pm

The woolly sheep are flocking to London to show off their new colourful knitted jumpers. Limited edition prints showing areas of London will be available, as well as fine bone china, colourful cushions and collectable handmade sheep.


Fantastic! – Pop Up Shop,19 to 22 April


Fascinator Workshop: 2-3 hour workshop that will give you an a great insight in how to create a bespoke hair fascinator with designer and founder of Hatastic. Everything is included for you to take away a fabulous fashionable fascinator design. £20 pp.

Parent & Child Scarf Painting: This is a great and fun work shop for both adults and children, we recommend children are aged 4 plus for this workshop. You’ll be shown how to design and create a unique scarf print which can be cherished for years to come. All equipment and tools are included in this price so you can walk away with your own scarves. £25 pp

Style Party on April 20, from 6:30pm–8pm: This is an exciting one night only event. A chance for you and your friends to get together and exchange clothing, be styled by an expert stylist, have a body analysis and colour consultation. If that’s not enough you will also have a make up session with an expert make-up artist who will show you colour and make up tips ideal to work with your hair & skin tone. £20 pp.

Style & Colour Consultations: These can be booked any time for your convenience from the 19 – 22 April. Slots are for 1 hour and you’ll be shown what colours to wear and clothes and styles that suit you by founder of  Stylizer style consultancy, one of the leading style consultancies in the UK. You will also be sent a digital style guide giving you advice for the season. £20 pp, includes goody bag.

Vintage Hair Styling: As a group, or on your own, you will be shown how to style your hair from the 40s, 50s and 60s . Step back in time with a fun and fashionable vintage hair style. Free hair accessory is included to finish off your look! £15 pp.

More about the team:

Hannah Davis is an award winning Welsh based freelance designer and illustrator. She is a fine-detail Surface Pattern Design specialist who draws on her love of nature for inspiration, producing intricate work rich in texture and colour. Combining illustration and pattern design, “I use my imaginative and detailed hand-drawing as a starting point. I then develop this using my own vibrant watercolours and collage techniques creating quirky stories”


Hatastic create an eclectic range of unique handmade headpieces and hair accessories inspired and made from the vintage bits ‘n’ bobs sourced from remnant boxes and junk shops. Elegant, witty and timeless – everything a hat (and a woman) should be! Recently returned from Milan Fashion Week, Hatastic! will be showcasing some pieces from the Candy Collection SS12 – headpieces and ready to wear accessories (brooches, rings, hairclips and hairbands) made from cute candy floss coloured vintage materials and real sweets!

Some Spring / Summer items from The Lost Treasure Collection will also be for sale…an ongoing collection of hairbands and combs decorated with vintage ribbon and vintage jewellery lovingly restored to finish off these most unique of hair accessories. As stocked in Fenwicks of Bond Street and the flagshop store of La Rinascente in the Piazza Duomo, Milan.Hatastic! as seen in Vogue, Elle, The Times and Cosmo amongst others.


Abilu Creations make all their jewellery & accessories by hand with an eclectic vintage rock feel with a key feature of an Abilu plectrum. Many of their charms are vintage, making them unique & one off designs, some include semi precious stones and Swarovski crystals which any magpie would be drawn to. Ranges vary from pieces in the style of pirate’s booty to grandma’s jewellery box, so whatever your fashionista mood there is something to suit.


Love ur Look, with years of Stylizer styling under her belt and  giving clients from all over the UK a new found confidence and love for fashion. Ronke, from Love ur Look‘s, aim is to spread the word!  How to ‘Love ur Look’ with feminine , flattering ,unique and affordable clothing. Love ur Look designs are made to enhance and embrace the female form. Combining a love for vintage silhouettes and kitsch style prints. You really will Love ur Look in a Love ur Look design!


Vintage Pottery Sale

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Saturday 17 March, 10am – 5pm

A private collection of stunning Poole and Brankstone twintone pottery from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Beautiful shapes and colours at affordable prices. The perfect complement to mid-century and modern interiors or a fabulous gift for mother’s day! For enquiries call: 07811 372019

Folk Art Papercuts

from 1 February, 2012

Oak Studio are delighted to welcome Suzy Taylor with her first solo exhibition of paper cuts which will be exhibiting in the Studio throughout February.

Suzy Taylor took up the art of paper cutting in 2008 and has since created many unique and intricate art works all cut from a single piece of paper using just a cutting mat and a craft knife. Suzy is strongly influenced by American and European folk art and her work often reflect themes of natural and rural life.

Having tried a number of different art mediums to some success, Suzy came to paper cutting in 2008 and immediately felt she had found her niche. Inspired initially by American folk artists Suzy also draws inspiration from modern paper cutting artists, all who have very different styles, but it was the possibilities that arose from working simply with a piece of paper and a craft knife that she finds so appealing.

This exhibition will have a romantic theme inspired by Valentine’s Day, and we will be showcasing Suzy’s largest paper cut to date.

We are also excited to announce that to accompany this exhibition we will be holding two workshops with Suzy so others can get the chance to experience the satisfying nature of this ancient medium and have a go themselves. We have a Valentine’s themed workshop taking place on Friday 10 February, from 10am – 1pm, and a more general themed one taking place on Saturday 25 February from 2pm – 5pm. As always our workshop spaces are limited so please do book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Suzy will also be appearing in the Studio to demonstrate how she creates her artworks during the month (Thursday 9, Tuesday 21 & Tuesday 28 Feb). So pop in to see her in action!

The exhibition will be running from Wednesday 1 February, and will be open during the usual Studio opening times. Framed original artworks will all be for sale, as well as prints and greetings cards.

We will be having an evening preview of the exhibition on Thursday 2 February from 6 – 8pm at Oak Studio which is located on Perrins Court in the heart of Hampstead in North West London.


The Note Studio: Personalised Festive Stationery

Personalised Stationary, Christmas Cards, personalised Christmas cardsThis Friday 11 November, from 10am – 3pm, at Oak Studio we welcome The Note Studio for a festive card  Pop-Up Shop. With a fantastic range of stationery that can be personalised to suit your requirements. Add your favourite photographs, choose a message and place your order, it couldn’t be simpler!


CHARLIE FOXTROT: Vintage clothes sale at Oak Studio

Please join us for our exciting 3 day pop up vintage event at Oak Studio in Hampstead!

Over the 4th, 5th and 6th of November, Charlie Foxtrot will bring you a stunning array of vintage clothes and accessories, vintage inspired handmade bags http://will-hammond.co.uk up-cycled vintage jewellery, vintage pattern aprons and bunting, and beautiful hand knitted baby clothes made by following vintage and antique knitting patterns. http://www.goodil.co.uk

All brought to you by friends of Charlie Foxtrot, with an exciting eye for vintage trending and design.

Autumn Fizz focuses on the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. This period was an incredible era for fashion, at a time when making and crafting in the home was not only vital, but was fun and could still be glamorous and sexy. Our grandparents would make their party clothes, make and knit presents and embellish garments, often working together, and sharing ideas.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Love from Charlie Foxtrot.



An exhibition in letterpress by Marby & Elm Store

Exhibition runs from 4 – 30 October, 2011

Private View: Thursday 6 October, 6.30pm – 9pm

RSVP: info@theoakstudio.com

Oak Studio are delighted to announce their second exhibition from Hampstead based letterpress stationery company Marby & Elm Store. Since their first exhibition at the Studio in October 2010 the company’s quirky letterpress stationery can now be found in such stores as Miller Harris, Melrose & Morgan, 123 Bethnal Green Road, Fade Interiors, Nelly Duff, and has gone global with Check & Stripe in Tokyo.

Letterpress postcards

Recently featured on über-cool website ‘Daily Candy’ which focuses on all things great about London, Marby & Elm Store is going from strength to strength. This fun exhibition titled ‘Signs of the Time’ will be taking a cheeky look at the current resurgence of the use of punctuation in popular culture. Using ‘smileys’ and emoticons across a range of stationery, from notelets to postcards, gift bags and beyond, Marby & Elm Store’s popular ‘classic’ range will also be available.

Eleanor Tattersfield, founder of Marby & Elm Store, will also be in Oak Studio during the exhibition to demonstrate the art of letterpress with one of her original vintage presses and a selection of fonts – this will take place on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 October, so come along, have a look, have a buy and perhaps, even, a try!

Commissions for personalised notelets, announcements, invitations, ‘thank you’ cards or any of you other correspondence needs, will be taken throughout the exhibition.


Previously at Oak Studio:

A Weekend with Clare Beaton

  • Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 September

Join us for a weekend with children’s book illustrator, Clare Beaton. Clare uses fabrics, beads, buttons and braid, both vintage and new, to create gorgeous images which are then photographed and turned into books, cards, posters and much more. Clare will be selling her original artworks in the Studio as well as signing her books and posters. We will also be putting on a drop in workshop over the weekend where you can make your own little piece of felt ‘art’! So pop in for a chat with Clare, ask advice on how to get started with illustrating, browse through her lovely work and perhaps even have a go yourself!

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Clare Beaton is an illustrator and author of children’s books. Her work for the publisher Barefoot Books have been hugely successful and have won many awards. Clare illustrates in hand stitched fabric collage using felt, vintage fabrics, braids, buttons and other thing from her huge collection. These collages are then photographed and have been turned into posters, greetings cards and jigsaw puzzles among other things. Alongside her fabric work Clare has written and illustrated over 100 craft, activity and early learning books. Clare started her career in the children’s TV department at the BBC and her work was recently animated and turned into a series of TV adverts in the USA. Clare lives and works in North London.

For more information, or if you have any questions about this event, please email us at: info@theoakstudio.com and we look forward to seeing you in the Studio!

Screen Prints by Rosa Doyle

from Friday 27 June

We have a lovely selection of screen prints by recent graduate Rosa Doyle. Check out her work here and pop in to the Studio to see her prints, some of which are inspired by favourite recipes from family and friends.


Paper Collage by Jane Robbins

Thursday 7 April to Wednesday 27 April, 2011

Join us for a workshop with Jane where you will hear a brief history of collage, from Matisse to Picasso, learn how Jane creates her images then have a go at doing one yourself using a selection of papers, a small frame will also be included in the workshop, so your artwork is ready to hang.

Paper Collage with Jane Robbins: Wednesday 27 April, 10.30am – 1pm

About the artist: Jane Robbins studied Graphic Design at Hornsey College of Art. During the subsequent years of teaching art and working, she continued to produce her own work – mainly printmaking, but also designing knitting patterns.

Recently Jane Robbins began to work in paper collage, which combines a life-long interest in flat pattern, patchwork and found objects, mixing them together to produce new decorative images. Jane finds patterns everywhere – magazines, packaging, even the insides of envelopes but mainly in newspapers – The Guardian being the very best source. She might use a picture of a flock of birds to cut out the shape of a cloud or a skyscraper might become the veins of a leaf, a check shirt may become a building. Jane Robbins often forgets what they were originally – they take on a new life of their own.

The feedback Jane received from friends and family inspired her to pursue collage-making full-time and she now sells her work at exhibitions and shows, in the form of original one-offs, limited editions and greetings cards. She has made several commemorative pieces – mainly to celebrate babies’ birthdays and weddings. Jane also takes commissions for these.

www. janerobbins.co.uk


From September 30 – October 20


We currently have a vibrant exhibition in the gallery with floral pictures made from vintage Kimono fabrics by Rachel Carter, we also have cards, cushions and scarves on show and for sale.

There is a workshop to accompany this exhibition taking place on Saturday 9 October from 2 – 4pm where you will have the opportunity to have a go and designing and creating your own image using some of Rachel’s collection of vintage kimono fabrics. The workshop costs £35 per person including all materials, please contact us to book your place.

Rachel in her studio.

Rachel Carter: Since I was a small child I have loved all aspects of art, but I was particularly passionate about fabric and sewing.  My mother trained as a dress designer so our house was full of bits of fabric that I chopping up to make into dolls clothes or dressing up outfits for myself.  My mother took me regularly to art galleries from when I was very young so without knowing it, I was soaking up the images of western art from every period.  I went on to study art and education at Dartington in Devon still collecting and cutting up any scraps of fabric I came across.

In the 1980s I trained as an English teacher then moved to Japan, building a career marketing British design products in Tokyo.  With an eye for design and love of sewing and fabrics I was thrilled to find vintage kimono remnants in Japanese markets.  Over twenty years, at first living in Japan then visiting several times a year, I  built a huge collection of kimono silks that I brought back to England to make into quilts, bags and clothes.


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From September 9 – 29

‘You’re just my type’

presented by the Marby & Elm Store.

This is Marby & Elm Store’s first exhibition of paper goods and stationery hand pressed locally in Hampstead, showcasing a range of posters exclusively designed and printed for Oak Studio.

Marby & Elm designs and prints personal stationery, business cards, invitations, greeting cards, tags, badges and posters.


Eleanor Tattersfield, founder of the Marby & Elm Store, studied Art History at UCL and went on the work in the art world in New York and London specializing in Chinese and Japanese Art. After having two children Eleanor bought her first press in the summer of 2009, and having set it up in her summerhouse, immediately printed her first set of correspondence cards in Gill Sans 10 point bold – she has been printing ever since.

To accompany the exhibition Eleanor is also doing two letterpress workshops where you will learn a bit about the history of letterpress then have a chance to design and create your own set of correspondence cards or business cards using one of Eleanor’s vintage letterpresses. For more information and to book a place please contact us at the Oak Studio.

Seaside Special – until 8 September

Fiona Freund was born in London and studied photography at ‘O’ level going on to Tonbridge College of Further Education which was followed by an adult education course led by ex professional photographer, Simon Gear, who Fiona cites as a major influence on her career. Fiona established herself as a professional photographer working for The Guardian and The Observer magazines covering travel stories, fashion shoots and portraits, as well as photo journalism which allowed her to cover such diverse subjects as ‘24 hours in the life of Concorde’ to ‘George Melly – Fashion Model’. Particularly enjoying the challenge of group shots Fiona has since worked for Vogue, among other ‘glossy’ magazines.

The photographs that make up ‘Seaside Special’ come from a day trip to Brighton for a job, inspired by the fading summer sunshine and drawn in to the activity around the sea front, Fiona shot the collection of images we have on display at Oak Studio.

Vntage Fabric Collage – until 4th August

Rachel Carter studied art at Dartington then trained as an English teacher. She moved to Japan in the 1980’s building a career marketing British design products in Tokyo. Her eye for design and love of sewing drew her to vintage kimono fabrics she found in local Japanese markets. Over twenty years, at first living in Japan, then visiting several times a year, she built a collection of kimono silks which she bought back to England to make into quilts, bags and clothes. Her most recent use of fabric is to make vibrant pictures on the single theme of vases of flowers on the kimonos with abstract patterns and strong stitching to create striking, varied collages with a unifying theme.

Rachel is happy to accept commissions focusing on themes or colour schemes requested by clients.

Peter Ward studied art at Rochdale Art School and St Martin’s in London. He taught art in Torquay for several years before leaving to focus on building his own house in the South Hams countryside. His experiences building the house led him to a new career designing and producing high quality furniture in wood. Throughout his working life Peter has never stopped drawing and this is always the starting point for his work. A recent visit to a charity shop in search of a tie for a wedding has taken his work in a new direction. He bought six ties, then attracted by the fantastically rich and varied source of design, colour and texture in the fabrics, he cut them up to make Christmas cards. The success of this first project was the inspiration for his current work. Peter uses recycled silk ties to build collages based on his drawings and photographs of the South Hams, Dartmouth and Totnes. The collages have a rich, intense, jewel like quality and an intriguing appeal from the detail of the fabric suggesting images of the South Hams.

Peter is happy to accept commissions using your own ties and a choice of views and locations.

Clare Beaton is an illustrator and author of children’s books. Her work for the publisher Barefoot Books have been hugely successful and have won many awards. Clare illustrates in hand stitched fabric collage using felt, vintage fabrics, braids, buttons and other thing from her huge collection. These collages are then photographed and have been turned into posters, greetings cards and jigsaw puzzles among other things. Alongside her fabric work Clare has written and illustrated over 100 craft, activity and early learning books. Clare started her career in the children’s TV department at the BBC and her work was recently animated and turned into a series of TV adverts in the USA. Clare lives and works in North London. www.clarebeaton.com

Exhibitions at Oak Studio – further information:

The Oak Studio gallery will have regularly changing exhibitions showcasing a variety of art from collage to photography and fine art. The gallery will be open to the public outside workshop times, contact us to check opening times.
Watch this space or sign up to the Oak Studio newsletter to find out about current and upcoming exhibitions, related classes and private views.

All works in the gallery will usually be for sale.