Garden inspired paper shades workshop

Make a paper lamp shade inspired by the beautiful gardens


Make a paper lampshade inspired by the Toolerstone garden. Using paper collage you’ll create your own design which will be printed and turned into a beautiful lampshade to take home.

Ros Freeborn is a paper collage artist and the founder of Papershades She creates designs using paper collage which are then printed onto panels of paper and assembled into a paper lampshade. For this workshop you’ll take inspiration from the beautiful Toolerstone garden. You will make prints from leaves and foliage and then collage the tissue paper prints into your own design which will be printed.

A bit more detail

Rosalind Freeborn has always been an artist but she finally went to art school (City & Guilds of London) as a grown up. She went there to study fine art and to learn how to use oil paints. But she has always had a passion for paper and couldn’t help using it in her artwork. Her tutors were encouraging; they said, ‘If paper is your language then you should learn how to speak with it.’ So, she became a paper collage artist.

Ros developed her collage work and created a series of artworks made from torn pages of magazines which were narrative in feel and made into greetings cards which were sold in John Lewis. One cold and lengthy winter she started filling her London studio with big, colourful floral artworks made from tissue paper, wrapping paper and wallpaper. She decided to use her artwork to invent a very different kind of lampshade – to replace the ones in her home which she thought looked so dull. Papershades was launched and now it provides a perfect canvas for her work and the chance for her art to shine, whether the lights are on or off.

Ros began running workshops soon after launching Papershades. She loves seeing what people will do when given a wide choice of paper and the chance to create their own design. At a Papershades workshop everyone goes home with a fabulous paper lampshades.

Join us for our Papershades workshop and you’ll discover the joys of easy print-making and paper collage. No experience is needed, Ros will show you how to make the prints and create your own artwork that you will use to construct an original paper lampshade.

You will explore the garden and select leaves you would like to print. The morning will be spent print-making. Then, in the afternoon, the creative collaging begins. All the materials are provided and there will be plenty of time for everyone to work at their own pace. At the end of the workshop everyone will go home with a beautiful and totally unique paper lampshade.

We will take good care of you during your time with us. The workshop is relaxed and fun with time to pause for coffee and tea as well as a delicious lunch.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Timetable of the day

09:30 A warm welcome to @:Toolerstone with refreshments
10:00 Introduction from Ros and her world of paper collage and an explanation of how you will create a paper lampshade
10:30 Time to wander the gardens and start creating selecting the leaves you’d like to print
11:15 Coffee will be served
11:30 Begin the printing process and work at your own pace
13:30. Delicious homemade, organic lunch in the refectory
14:30 Collage design for your shade
16:30. Workshop ends but you’ll continue to think about the Toolerstone garden and your experience every time you switch on the light inside your own hand-made Papershade.

What is included?

All materials & tools
Aprons are provided for the day if required
Refreshments & a delicious lunch
Free onsite car parking
The most important bit, your very own lamp to take home

What do I need to bring?

Just yourself and an open mind!


Camilla & Eleanor at @:Toolerstone


Norley Road, Sandiway

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)

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