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Workshops

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!

SKETCH-BOX WORKSHOP

  • 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

SKILLS BASED WORKSHOP

  • 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

DISCOVERING TWINING

SKILLS BASED WORKSHOP

Tuesday 26th March 2019

10am – 4pm

Venue: Oxmarket Gallery, St Andrews Court, off East Street, Chichester, West Sussex. PO19 1YH

Working with card, rope and threads, learn the technique of twining, to weave two small baskets. Twining is worked in the hands. It uses two threads woven in turn, to create a line with a series of twists. The two baskets will be different, one with a square plaited card base, the other with a rounded crossover rope base. The day is intended as a skills based day; to try out a technique or perhaps as a refresher.  At the end of the day students should take home two finished baskets. 

Bookings closed.

DISCOVERING COILING

SKILLS BASED WORKSHOP

Wednesday 27th March 2019

10am – 4pm

Venue: Oxmarket Gallery, St Andrews Court, off East Street, Chichester, West Sussex. PO19 1YH

Begin by looking at the structure of a coiled basket to identify the core and stitching material. Learn the techniques for hand stitching around the core to begin the basket, wrap and join threads. A basic stitching technique will be taught, with suggestions as how patterns could be added with colours and the placing of each stitch. If making a small basket, rather than a mat, learn how to place the core material to build a form. Before leaving, learn how to finish the basket off with the core neatly stitched to against the rim, or to perhaps to form a loop. The day is intended as a skills based day; to try out a technique or perhaps as a refresher.  At the end of the day students should take one piece.

Bookings closed.

DISCOVERING PLAITING

SKILLS BASED WORKSHOP

Thursday 28th March 2019

10am – 4pm

Venue: Oxmarket Gallery, St Andrews Court, off East Street, Chichester, West Sussex. PO19 1YH

Learn how to weave strips of flat paper into a three dimensional basket using the technique of plaiting. Starting with colour strips to learn the technique, use the skills learnt to weave a second plaited basket working with decorative paper. Learn how to weave a base, turn the corner, weave the sides and finish the ends. The day is intended as a skills based day; to try out a technique or perhaps as a refresher.  At the end of the day students should take home two finished baskets. 

Bookings closed.

EXPLORING STITCHES AND LOOPS

SKETCH-BOX WORKSHOP

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2019

10am – 4pm and 10am – 3.30pm

Venue: Oxmarket Gallery, St Andrews Court, off East Street, Chichester, West Sussex. PO19 1YH

Explore the process of stitching to create a fabric. Work with a range of flexible textile materials, from the more common to the unusual. Experiment with working flat, working in 3D, in the round and from side to side. Compare stitch variations, materials and tension. Consider ways of joining and finishing. The intention of this workshop is to explore and experiment, with the opportunity to make samples which might provide ideas or a stimulus for future work. Samples would be a good addition to a ‘sketch-box’.

Bookings closed.

TEXTILE BASKETRY – TWINING AND LOOPING USING MOULDS

Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June 2019

Venue: West Dean College, West Dean, nr Chichester, West Sussex. PO18 0QZ

Learn techniques of twining and simple looping, making a connection with basketry and textiles. Work around simple moulds to make samples using both techniques and achieve an understanding of how to create woven structures, using a range of fine flexible materials.

Bookings can be made through West Dean College.

For more information and to book click here

THREE DIMENSIONAL WOVEN CONTAINERS

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October 2019

Venue: Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd. LL41 3YU

Using a range of recycled, new and decorated paper; explore how paper can be used to make a number of different containers and baskets. With no experience required, the main technique of plaiting will be taught as well as twining. In addition to the learning of both techniques there will be opportunities to develop individual baskets.

Bookings can be made through Plas Tan y Bwlch.

For more information and to book click here

COMMITTED TO CLOTH

WOVEN FORMS – EXPERIMENTAL SURFACES

Monday 18 – Friday 22 May 2020

Venue: Committed to Cloth Studio, Drewshearne Barn, Crowhurst Lane End, Oxted, Surrey. RH8 9NT

Learn the technique of twining to create a range of different woven forms, with an initial focus on the basics of the technique. Working with your hands, manipulate the warp and weft threads into forms that could be functional, decorative or both. Experiment with the weave to add colour, pattern and texture to the surface of the form.

Bookings can be made through Committed to Cloth.

For more information please contact Committed to Cloth