HERE COMES JULIE!
Yet another crafts entrepreneur has made the decision to open a workshop at the new Fairground Craft & Design Centre in Weyhill, where Sir George Young launched Julie Hayward’s JH Design on Friday, December 5th at 6pm.
After leaving Art College, Julie spent many years working for leading interior designers in London where she gained a wealth of invaluable experience including a thorough training in the art of decorative paint effects and faux finishes. During this time she worked on such high profile projects as the provision of lighting for the Dorchester Hotel and also commissions for Prince Andrew’s household.
Several years on and having moved to the Andover area, Julie set up JH Design Decorative Arts, since when, as she says, “We’ve decorated just about everything, including murals on walls, faux tiles on floors, pianos, ceilings, fire surrounds, curtains and lamps”, to name but a very few.
Her move to the Fairground will enable Julie to fulfil an ambition to pass on these techniques to others, with a series of workshops providing courses ranging from basic painting and drawing skills through to how to completely transform an old bit of furniture into a highly prized piece. This ambition is shared by many others at the Fairground who will also be teaching their crafts.
Sir George said that Julie was a welcome addition to the Fairground. "Penton Grafton Parish Council have done a superb job in restoring the fairground, and in then promoting it as a centre for crafts. It is now firmly on the retail map, as a place to go to see and buy the work of craftsmen and women. As more crafts move into the site, so it gains momentum."