Workshops

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Workshops: sharing my techniques with you

 Learn to make your own beautiful pieces of textile art, whether in person or at my new online textile art hub.

Introducing Flourish textile art hub

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my brand new website!

Head over to Flourish textile art hub for instant access to pre-recorded video tutorials in free motion embroidery and monoprinting.

You can also find out about the Flourish membership community . The membership is currently not open to new members but you can register your interest. I will be opening it again to new members early 2022.

I’m passionate about the wellbeing benefits of making time for art. Flourish membership is a way to commit to your creativity with monthly projects, tips and inspiration, and to connect with others who share your love of textile art.

As a member you’ll get exclusive access to:

  • monthly themed projects inspired by the changing seasons
  • new techniques to try out
  • a private Facebook group where you can talk all things textiles, watch live demos, share your work and get sketchbook prompts
  • Q&A coffee mornings via Zoom
  • monthly creative mindset sessions
  • occasional bonus interviews with other textile artists

I hope you’ll join us. In the meantime you can try one of my instant access tutorials.

Face-to-face workshops

Join us at Made and Making in Hassocks, near Brighton, for relaxed and enjoyable textile art workshops . They’re a chance for you to put aside the stresses of daily life, develop new skills and immerse yourself in the creative process, with exciting results.

 

The studio is spacious and bright and is set in the South Downs Nurseries and Garden Centre, with free parking. Spaces are limited to eight per class.

Address: Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 9LY

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Monoprinting with embroidery workshop

Discover the magic of monoprinting with real plants and flowers, and then learn how to use free motion embroidery to add depth and texture to your picture – you’ll be amazed by the results. No experience is required for this enjoyable workshop, and you will leave with a 25cm x 30cm original piece of textile art.

All materials are provided, but please bring an apron.

Date: 27th February (fully booked) – June date coming soon

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Cost: £65 per person

To book: visit Made and Making

Layered Seascape

Developing your creative style can sometimes feel quite daunting. Where do you start? What do you use as your inspiration? How do you build depth and interest to a piece? Everyone, no matter their artistic talent, can feel like this. The beauty of this workshop is the opportunity to listen to, and be guided by, an artist who has developed a successful style and has worked through all those challenges time and time again.

In this workshop I will lead you on a path to creating a beautiful layered seascape piece with both interest and depth.

The layered seascape is created using printed fabrics layered onto a cotton rag paper. Depth and interest is developed by adding some textured printing and monoprinting using real plants and seed heads. You will then add further detail with free-motion embroidery, using the seed heads and grasses as inspiration. (No real sewing exercise needed). 

The cotton rag paper is  lovely medium and works well for for free motion embroidery because it is made from cotton pulp not wood pulp. It is a beautiful paper to work with.

If you worry that you are not artistic and couldn’t possibly achieve something, you really must come. With the guidance and support this workshop will inspire you to create textile art with a mixed media approach. You’ll leave feeling much more confident combining different materials, printing, and embroidery together to create your own unique piece of art. 

Date: 13th March 2022

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Cost: £65 per person

To book: visit Made and Making

 

Textile art: three-day course 

This is my most in-depth course on the techniques of textile painting, monoprinting and free motion embroidery. You’ll build skills and confidence in all three areas, and will leave with your own 40cm x 40cm original piece of textile art.

Day 1: This will be a playful day spent exploring and experimenting. You’ll learn how to apply textile paints directly onto natural fabrics, and will practise using real plants and objects to create a range of monoprinting effects.

Day 2: Using the techniques you’ve learnt, you’ll begin to create your final piece. I will be on hand to advise you, and will share some of my own artwork for inspiration. The session will end with a demonstration of free motion embroidery.

Day 3: First building your confidence on practice pieces, you’ll then add texture and movement to your artwork through free motion embroidery. You may also choose to add appliqué and hand embroidery. We will end the course by viewing all the finished pieces, with tips for framing your work.

All materials are provided, but please bring an apron. You are also welcome to bring your own objects of nature to print with.

Dates: TBC

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Cost: £180 per person

To book, visit Made and Making

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