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Master to lead restorative painting session

July 3, 2014

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.

July 03--Knox Heritage is offering a workshop for those interested in restoration -- and the fee will help with restoration of another historic building, the Westwood mansion on Kingston Pike.

"Traditional Stenciling Techniques for Interior Design" will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike, which will serve as Knox Heritage's new offices. Parking is free and available in the Laurel Church of Christ parking lot next door, 3457 Kingston Pike.

The workshop covers how to create a custom stencil design and the step-by-step process, taught by master restoration painter Derek Tickle. Participants will learn about adapting a design from fabric or tiles, cutting methods, placement of ties and registration marks, application tools and suitable paint media.

Cost is $75. Space is very limited, so reservations are required. To register, contact Hollie Cook, 865-523-8008 or

Derick Tickle relocated from England to Asheville, North Carolina, in 1989 to work on Biltmore House, the mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II and start a decorative restoration program at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Tickle is also one of the authors of, "Painting and Decorating: An Information Manual," a textbook that is published in five languages. Growing up in England, Tickle began working in the industry at age 15, completing a six-year apprenticeship and starting his own business by the time he was in his mid-20s. After teaching in New Zealand, Tickle was invited to start a program in Asheville, N.C., for the Biltmore House, Tickle taught the program for 16 years. He continues to consult on a part-time basis on decorative projects.


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