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Painted Floral Workshop with Jess Priest 💐 & Digital manipulation and print repeats with Stephen Rose 🖥

11 May

Learn to paint, loose, colourful flowers from life with the guiding hand of Printed Textile Designer Jess Priest. Her works have sold to Anthropologie, Vera Wang, Toast and Calvin Klein as well as a number of high street stores. Followed by a chance to digitise and repeat your artwork to make a beautiful, seamless all over floral print.

Is this Course for me? 

Whether you are a budding artist or professional designer, this painted floral workshop is not to miss! Learn the techniques needed to paint effortless floral illustrations which will translate beautifully into printed fashion, furnishings and stationery design. With not one but two industry experts on hand, the full day is set to be quite the experience; from experimentation to professional print design in just 1 day.

Who is Jess Preist?

Jess has been a Printed Textile Designer for 18 years and works from her home studio in Buckinghamshire. Specialising in floral patterns for fashion and furnishing, work has sold to Anthropologie, Vera Wang, Toast and Calvin Klein as well as a number of high street stores.

Following graduating from Winchester School of Art in 2000 Jess began working in a top Print Design Studio in London. “A visiting lecturer once told me “if you can paint a flower you will always be able to find a job in textile design.” “they were not wrong as I have been working in the industry for over 17 years and love to create beautiful floral designs on a daily basis”.

Jess has a passion for sharing her knowledge and has built up a quite a large following on Instagram where she first began sharing painting tips. She now teaches workshops to design teams from some of the most recognisable names in Fashion, Homewear and Textile Design from Jacques Vert, Next Plc, Monsson to Canvas, Design Union and Nancy Parker Design studio to name a few. Jess is the name in watercolour, painted florals Jess and has worked with some of the best studios in the industry and we are lucky to have her here at the CAD for Fashion Academy.

What will I learn?

With the guiding hand of Jess Priest, this morning workshop will focus on skills to create effortless and gestural looking blooms, which can then be scanned and used within Photoshop to create beautiful designs. The aim of the workshop is to gain confidence in your own unique handwriting through the medium of watercolour ink. Suitable for beginner to intermediate levels, the workshop covers several topics including materials and application of the mediums. Jess will guide you throughout and show you how to achieve paintings with light and depth, using simple brush strokes to create flower and foliage compositions.

In our afternoon session, you will be working with our resident fashion print and graphics expert Stephen Rose. You will learn the most efficient and effective ways of digitising your artwork and then you will take your work into Adobe Photoshop and edit further. Learn about print layout and turn into a beautiful and professional all over print.

Course Outcome

Our courses are 100% practical, we will work at your pace and with your priorities in mind. The small class size will ensure you get plenty of one on one attention to make sure you get exactly what you need from the day. You will leave this course with the confidence and skills needed to continue your journey in CAD for Fashion Print Design, either by practising and exploring on your own or by joining us on the 1 day Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Print Design – Intermediate Course. Take home your hand painted florals as well as completed Print Concepts, on your complimentary CAD for Fashion USB stick, enabling you to develop your idea further.

What do I need to bring? 
Jess will bring everything you need to work with; including equipment, fresh floral reference and guidance sheets. However, you may like to bring an apron to protect your clothing!
The CAD for Fashion teaching studio is set up for 4 students so places in the afternoon are limited! Each workstation is equipped with an Apple iMac computer (don’t worry if you haven’t used one, they aren’t as scary as you might think!) and Adobe Creative Cloud software, provided by us, for your use on the day. If you don’t manage to grab the place you wanted on the afternoon print course but still want to create a professional repeat from your artwork then please do get in touch! We will add an additional date for those who missed out.
We will provide a FREE USB stick to save your work; packed full of useful handouts, templates and FREE Adobe Illustrator brushes specific to fashion design. We will even supply you with that essential pen and paper for all the notes you will need to make! If you like to use a drawing tablet or have any additional aids you wish to bring, then please feel free to do so. I would advise you to bring the driver disc along with you.
Lunch is provided for those attending the whole day and refreshments are provided throughout the day and are supplied from a local independent restaurant ’The Wonky Table’ – Food with heart and soul, using locally sourced produce. If you have any dietary requirements then please make them know when booking, or contact us and we will make arrangements.


“I attended a brilliant floral workshop at CAD for Fashion Studio & Academy in Derby. Jessica Priest shared her beautiful talent for painting florals, Stephen Rose gave a brilliant photoshop workshop and Erica Horne hosted the event and was so warm and welcoming. If you get the chance to check out this place, these people really know their stuff. I promise you’ll leave feeling inspired.”



“CAD for fashion is a perfect place to learn new skills! Erica has set up a studio in a funky but very historical building- which goes perfectly with her creative business. Recently, I went to a workshop that Erica had put on with Jess Priest. The hospitality, support and attentiveness that Erica had shown with her team were lovely and I am now looking forward to booking future workshops. Definitely, a place to further/refresh your skills.”



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