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
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
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.
TEXTILE BASKETRY with MARY CRABB
Thursday 12th September 2019
Venue: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London. SW3 4HS
Join Mary Crabb for a one-day course exploring weird and wonderful microscopic aquatic lifeforms, inspired by a visit to our pond. Mary will teach the technique of twining to enable the making of a colourful woven form. Twining involves the weaving of two threads using the fingertips, whilst the form is held in the hands.
Processes covered will include joining of threads, patterning and developing a form. Each form could incorporate some natural fibres such as hemp, nettle or linen as well colourful synthetics. At the end of the day, it is anticipated that each maker will have a completed woven form and will have learnt some basic textile basketry skills.
Bookings can be made through Chelsea Physic Garden.
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.
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.