Saturday, September 19, 2015

Dealtry Classes

Teaching classes is just a small part of my business, but it is probably one of my favorites. When I taught my first class at the Textile Art Center in Manhattan in 2012 it was with the encouragement of one of my very dear friends Nicolette Owen of Nicolette Camille. She is an absolute wonder of a floral designer and all around super human being. Nikki teaches her own classes at Little flower school and she talked me through how I too could and should teach classes. 
My fear of talking publicly has taken me to some dark, sweaty, shakey "oh my god I really do think I'm going to vomit" places. The night before the class I wrote out things I might say during the lesson, I prepped and re-packed all my supplies I even learnt everyones names ahead of time. On the phone Nikki calmly reassured me. She reminded me of the big glass of white wine afterwards and her parting words I repeated to myself, - "You got this." 
That class kind of changed me. I met some wonderful people, I enjoyed every single part of teaching and found a new voice I didn't know was part of me. In short, I got it.
I still get sweaty palms before everyone arrives, I still worry about embarrassing myself at some point and above all I hope everyone has the best experience during the time we spend together. So far every class has been a wonderful experience for me, and the feedback I get from my students has been overwhelming. We have, laughed, cried and eaten too much cheese together.  We have learnt, conferred and spilt ink together. Above all else we have empowered one another to step past what scares us, whether it be the blank piece of paper or the first hesitant words that come out of our mouths.
To read more about my last classes please hop over to Bourbon&Gloss who wrote a smashing piece on the day we spent together in the Spring. 
New classes will be available for October and November 2015 on the website later today.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

An interview

Just a wee chat over at ' I want her job' if you care to read a bit more about me, you can see the interview here. I was so flattered to be asked to answer a few questions about what I do for my living.  Grab a cup of tea and go take a look at some of the awesome gals interviewed on this fab website, they are sure to inspire!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

UO x Helen Dealtry Watercolor Scarf

My collaboration with Urban Outfitters is here! You can find this blanket scarf at select UO stores and online here. I have been wearing mine non-stop since it arrived and it really does have a fantastic weight and feel to it. The print is not bad either ;)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hand painted florals with Helen Dealtry.

Super news. We have a new class all set and ready to go for September 28th!
In this basic/Intermediate class, learn how to paint florals from life with textile designer, Helen Dealtry. Students will work from beautiful arrangements, from the talented duo Putnam Flowers. Everyone will leave with their own posey of gorgeous blooms!
A basic knowledge of textiles, painting and repeat are suggested. Please wear clothes that you feel comfortable painting in.
Light refreshments will be served.
Class is on September 28th. 12-4pm
35 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
Please note for those with allergies, two sweet cats will be sharing the large design space with us. 
Since class registration is done online, by phone or in person and payment is made at that time, no written confirmation will be sent.  Your payment is your confirmation.
NO refunds will be given for a cancellation made less than 72 hours in advance of the day of the class. 
Thank you and I hope to see you in September!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beach paintings coming soon!

All photography and artwork by Helen Dealtry
Some new paintings to share with you in the shop tomorrow and I wanted to just write a few notes on how the series came to be.

Initially I was inspired by the beautiful photographs by K Pederson, of Fog and swell blog. K's eye for the intricate details in nature just blow my mind on a daily basis. Check out her gorgeous Instagram feed and you will see what I mean.
Also, for the fourth of July this year, I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend with some of my favorite people, in Portland, Maine.

The photos below show the journey I took and some of the imagery that inspired the paintings. 

Each piece was painted on watercolor paper using a mix of watercolor paints, watercolor inks and the odd spot of gouache. They will be available to purchase in the shop (under artwork) 7/16 at 11 EST. I hope you will go take a look, maybe they will remind you of a piece of your summer!