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Painted Floral Workshop with Jess Priest

18 January @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jess Priest Workshop
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. 


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. 

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?

 You will spend the afternoon with the lovely Jess Priest learning and practising watercolour techniques surrounded by beautiful floral arrangements and likeminded industry professionals. With the guiding hand of Jess, this  workshop will focus on skills required to create effortless and gestural looking blooms. 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.

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 Course. 

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!
Lunch is provided 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.



Cant find words to tell you how much I enjoyed yesterdays  workshop! For your enthusiasm, patience and hospitality thank you so much!



“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 do check out this place; these people really know their stuff.  I promise you’ll leave feeling inspired!”


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18 January
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Jess Priest


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