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Every student has their own reasons for attending workshops, and in my experience as a tutor, they can be varied. I like to teach through demonstration, then support and encourage students as they work independently. I hope to inspire, encourage and share my enthusiasm, whilst aiming to meet the needs of each student on an individual basis.

My own making has developed with a grounding in techniques and hours of exploration and experimentation. So, I’d like to offer workshops to cater for a range of learning; for those interested in the ‘destination’ (SKILLS BASED), or the completing of a made object to those wishing to make a ‘creative journey’ (SKETCH-BOX), where the process is more important than a finished piece of work. Of course sometimes there is an overlap, and I always like to be flexible and workshops can often throw up unexpected ideas!


  • suited for artists and makers
  • focus on experimenting and exploring
  • tutor input with open ended outcome
  • opportunities to process and develop ideas independently
  • work independently


  • suitable for beginners, intermediate and advance students (B, I, A)
  • focus on technique and/or material
  • tutor led with continued support and input
  • opportunities for more confident students to work independently
  • pre-determined outcome



Friday 12th-Sunday 14th October 2018

Create woven pod forms while weaving textile-based basketry, inspired by gourds and seedpods from West Dean Gardens. Using a variety of materials from rope to threads, the pods can be woven in a range of sizes and with texture, colour and pattern.

For more details about the course and to book, please visit the West Dean College webpage.
West Dean – The Edward James Foundation
West Dean
Nr Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 0QZ
01243 818300



Friday 19th -Sunday 21st October 2018

This introductory course provides an opportunity to explore and experiment with the technique of twining, with the aim of creating a range of woven forms; from small baskets, to pods and pockets. Twining requires the weaving of an active element around a passive warp. Worked in the hands, twining makes connections between traditional basketry and textiles. Weaving with a range of natural and man-made materials, there will be an opportunities to learn the technique and experiment with colours, patterns and textures. Mary will demonstrate the technique, provide visual notes and offer individual support to enable you to create your own unique woven forms. A suitable course for anyone with an interest in textiles or basketry, beginners, more experienced and returning students are most welcome.

For more details about the course and to book visit the Plas Tan y Bwlch webpage.

Snowdonia National Park Centre
Plas Tan y Bwlch
Snowdonia National Park Centre
Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog
LL41 3YU

01766 772600