Meet the maker

Artist Rebecca Hoy with some of her creations

As you explore the house this summer, don’t miss Nostell’s resident artist in the pop-up studio. Becca's creating an installation inspired by Nostell’s Etruscan vases; watch her work on selected days and have a go at some creative techniques yourself by dropping in to her autumn ‘meet the maker’ workshops.

About Becca Hoy

Becca is the designer of Leeds-based company Timid Elk. With specialisms in ceramics and paper craft, lots of her designs feature repeated shapes and patterns. We're looking forward to seeing the artwork she creates, inspired by the story of Nostell's missing Etruscan vases.
Watch Becca's installation take shape throughout the summer as she holds special ‘artist in action’ sessions, as part of this season's project, Scattered Stories, Forgotten Spaces. On these selected dates, stop by Nostell’s pop-up studio to see her installation steadily grow and feel free to ask any questions - Becca loves to chat as she creates! 
Learn some of Rebecca's tecniques in her 'Meet the Maker' sessions, including creating paper sculptures
Paper sculptures created by Rebecca Hoy
Learn some of Rebecca's tecniques in her 'Meet the Maker' sessions, including creating paper sculptures

Meet the maker workshops

Throughout the autumn, Becca's holding a range of workshops for visitors to drop in and have a go at various creative techniques.
All of the sessions below are free (normal house/garden admission charges apply) and you're welcome to either pop in for ten minutes or create a masterpiece over a couple of hours. Which craft do you fancy trying?

Mixed media weaving 

Thursday 8 September, 1 – 4pm, pop-up studio

Drop in and learn traditional weaving techniques using a range of materials. With a great range of colours and textures to choose from including wool, fabric and paper, you’ll create a unique piece to your own design. 


Sunday 18 September, 11am – 3pm, vista

Head to the gazebo on the vista, where Becca will have a selection of tiles and tools to help you craft your own 2D print. Not tried printing before? This is perfect for beginners – just pop along and have a go. 

Paper sculptures 

Sunday 25 September, 1.30 – 3pm, pop-up studio

Have you seen Becca’s art installation, inspired by Nostell’s Etruscan vases? Join this workshop to have a go at creating your own piece using paper sculpting techniques. 

Pigment making

Thursday 29 September, 11am – 3pm, Family Room

From beetroot and bright blooms in the Kitchen Garden to grass and leaves in the Pleasure Grounds, the natural world is full of vibrant colours. Head out with Becca to source great ingredients to turn into pigments and decorate paper structures.


Sunday 23 October, 11am – 3pm, Family Room

Drop in to this session to make your own thaumatrope and watch it spin into a story. You might be inspired by the Etruscan vases in Nostell’s collection and design silhouette figures to bring to life as you turn your new toy. This is a great activity for families.

Letter press postcards

Thursday 27 October, 11am – 3pm, Family Room

Bring all the family and choose from a selection of letter blocks and coloured inks to create your own design. Who will you send your postcard to?

Drop in to a craft session and pick up a new skill
Visitors enjoying a paper craft workshop
Drop in to a craft session and pick up a new skill