Hayley & Toby

Hayley is a professional artist who trained at Chelsea College of Art, Central St Martins, The Florence Adademy and KLC School of Design. Along with her husband Toby she is the founder/owner of Wurkshop. Hayley's work is multi-disciplinary, allowing her to teach a wide variety of techniques and styles.

When Toby and Hayley first met, Toby worked as a ceramicist making intricate pieces inspired by the natural world. Working with earthenware, Toby hand builds complex pieces referencing the natural world as seen through the microscope - from pollen to cellular structures. Toby is the owner and director of Torchlight Tuition, an academic tuition agency in Barnes. As a specialist tutor in English and Maths, Toby brings years of teaching experience to Wurkshop and never fails to make a session fun and exciting.

Toby and Hayley work together designing the Wurkshop courses, ensuring that specialist craft and art skills can be accessed by kids and adults alike.


Our Course Leaders:


Ana from CocoWawa Crafts

Ana is the owner and pattern designer behind CocoWawa. In addition to designing and selling sewing patterns through her excellent website, Ana is also a sewing tutor, mainly specialising in teaching children between the age of 7 to 14 years old how to sew.

We are thrilled to have Ana teaching our regular after school club, Seamsters, on a Monday night. She is a kind, patient and inspirational teacher whose experience as a designer allows her to encourage her students to innovate and explore the craft. In addition to her Monday night classes, Ana often runs holiday courses for adults and kids.


Anna Seaborn

Anna has been teaching GCSE and A-level students at top London girls schools for over 11 years, as well as evening classes at Hammersmith and West London College. She teaches our Saturday GCSE club, helping Wurkshop students from year 9 and up with their individual projects. She brings her wealth of experience and love of teaching students to each class.

An artist in her own right, she majored in textile design but mostly focuses on watercolours of still life with lots of pattern, flowers and colourful objects. She teaches all types of drawing, painting, ceramics and mixed media to all levels. Since we have a wide range of facilities at Wurkshop, she is perfectly positioned to help students use the appropriate medium for their projects.


Beatrice Boyle

Beatrice trained at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion before doing an MA in painting at The Royal College. An exciting artist working in London, Beatrice brings a wealth of contemporary art knowledge and technical skill to her teaching at Wurkshop.

With over 10 years of experience tutoring art privately to both adults and children, as well as teaching at Chelsea Fine Art and the V&A, Beatrice is a natural teacher who brings energy and expertise to her classes.

We are thrilled to have Bea teaching our regular after-school club, Artsters, on a Wednesday night. She is a patient and adaptable teacher who is able to cater to all levels of student.


Judith Needham

Judith is a basket maker and willow weaver based in Farnham, Surrey. She specialises in woven willow playhouses but also makes baskets which she sells at craft fairs and in the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. As well as teaching willow weaving, she is always happy to consider commissions for baskets or garden structures including living willow.

Judith's has taught a range of popular courses for Wurkshop with students learning to create anything from traditional baskets, Catalonian tension trays, lantern holders, ornamental animals and holiday wreaths.


Kathy Barker

Kathy trained at Wimbledon School of Art in Fine Art Painting (BA Hons) and Printmaking (MA). She was awarded a studio at the the Florence Trust, London and was latterly commissioned to write ‘Drawing and Painting the Clothed Figure’. As her career progressed, she followed her true passion for portraiture studying at the Charles Cecil Studio, Florence, in the classical atelier fashion. Kathy tutored for several years on the Postgraduate Visual Arts at West Dean College, the Edward James Foundation. She currently tutors at the Roehampton Club, London and holds a weekly portrait morning class at her studio in Fulham. Her work has been seen at selective exhibitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painting and she annually exhibits with the Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries, London. Kathy regularly works on private commissions.

Kathy runs our popular adult Life Drawing class on Tuesday nights. She skilfully manages to create an environment that is relaxed but aspirational, as well as being welcoming to students of all levels of drawing experience.

Kris Machin

Kris is the director of Raw Crafts, a successful craft workshop company in London offering events at many well known venues. With years of experience teaching craft in a wide range of materials and skills to kids aged 3 all the way up to Adults, there is nothing that can phase Kris!

A talented artist who trained at Central St Martins in Children’s Book Illustration, who has regularly exhibited in London, she has a diverse range of skills to offer. Kris brings energy, passion and a relaxed atmosphere to her classes and can always be found making something in her spare time.

Laura Wormell

Laura Wormell lives and works in London. She studied at The Slade School of Art (BA) 2006-2010.

Wormell is driven by a desire to record the fantastic reality of the observed world, her initial notes are made quickly and instinctively on site, most often in watercolour. Drawing from life is a chance to notice the complex relationships that exist between her eye, mind and body. In the studio, these marks and patches of colour and line take on a new purpose - they are set free from documentation and enter into a sphere of new logic. The colours, marks and patterns of the paint on the surface of the canvas become an abstract language not used to describe a place but to talk about it.


Mark Cockram

Mark was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2001 and Brother of the Art Workers Guild in 2008. Member of the Society of Bookbinders and Faculty Fellow New York Center for Book Arts 2017. After studying art and design at Lincolnshire College of Art, Mark worked as a free lance artist and designer. He discovered his passion for bookbinding and book arts whilst working in Paris. After graduating from the bookbinding course at Guildford College of Technology (Diploma in Fine Bookbinding & Conservation), he went on to study Japanese bookbinding and related subjects at 'Studio Livre' Tokyo and London College of Printing (BA (Hons) Book Arts and Crafts). Mark opened his first bookbinding studio in Lincoln in 1992 and Studio Five, London in 2003.

He works in fine contemporary bookbinding, book arts, printing and box art. Teaching various aspects of bookbinding / book arts in Studio Five, the UK, France, USA, India, the Philippines and Japan. His work is eclectic, once being described as the Christian Lacroix of bookbinding. Mark's diverse work is represented in public and private collections around the world, including The National Art Library at teh Victoria and Albert Museum, National Library of Congress,the British Library and The New Museum of Liverpool and The Art Workers Guild. Since being elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders he has been a regular Man Booker Binder.


Michael O'Mahoney

Michael O’Mahony is an Artist who lives and works in London. He studied Foundation and a BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. Internationally exhibited, Michael’s central focus is on drawing, with a particular emphasis on drawing from memory and dreams. Michael is also multi-talented; working also as a printer, performance artist, writer and musician.

An experienced art tutor, we are delighted to have Michael teaching at our Inksters and Toonsters clubs on Saturday afternoons. He is a kind, patient and inspirational teacher whose fantastic skill as a draughtsman allow him to help students draw things from their imaginations with great success (a skill which comes in handy, especially at Toonsters!).

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