Workshops and Talks
Listed here are my main workshops. They are designed to be suitable for all levels of experience.
If you require something different I am happy to develop something bespoke to suit your needs, whether this is for a one, two or five day workshops/ summer school.
I am also available for talks about my creative practice, inspirations and work.
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If you have any special requests please get in touch.
Examples of students work:
Examples of my workshops:
'Colour and Dye Effects'
Working with colour and its meaning is an important part of my practice. This workshop explores the psychology and language of colour and its use in self-expression. In addition its offers practical advice on how to use a colour wheel, mix difficult hues and ways to explore your personal colour palette.Then using pigments and dyes have fun with colour making your own pieces on cloth and/or paper.
'Exploring the Embellisher and Needle-felting Effects'
Discover various dry needle-felting techniques with both hand-felting needles and needle-felting machines (Embellisher). Using a variety of wonderful soft fibres explore various marks and make tactile samples with various constructive textile effects. Then make a brooch to your own design to take home.
'Dye Effects for Cloth'
Explore pigment colour theory, colour wheels and mixing complex colours. Then we will direct dye cloth using Procion MX dyes and create different effects using manutex, resists and discharge paste. Students leave with lots of different samples and have a number of useful techniques they can replicate at home.
'Monoprinting Effects for Cloth'
Using fast and fun mono-printing techniques create a variety of dry-point effectson cloth using acrylics and textile paints. Create unique prints layering colour, mark and line-drawings and leave with a number of wonderful cloth samples and finished pieces.
Explore colour theory, colour harmony, colour psychology and colour mixing of pigments.
Make your own colour wheel, and explore new colour combinations that can be applied across your life. Be more confident mixing your own colours and pigments and what you are saying with colour. Understand and develop your personal colour palette and explore new colour combinations. Leave with handouts, references, your colour wheel and a personal mood board/colour palette and feeling more confident in your colour choices.
April, Kennet Valley (Newbury) Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers: Direct Dye Effects for Cloth
- 'Magical Colour Mono-printing', ArtistsWorkhouse, Studley
- 'Mono-printing with texture on cloth", 2 day workshop at Art Van Go, Knebworth.
- ‘Harmonious Colours’ talk and workshop, Chelford Embroiderers Guild.
- 'Harmonious Colours', Cotswold Embroiderers Guild
- 'Colour Effects', ArtistsWorkhouse
- 'Exploring the Embellisher & Needle Felting Effects', Stow on the Wold & Countryside E.G.
- 'Exploring Needlefelting and 'Mono printing for cloth', Northern Ireland Embroiderers Guild
- 'Monoprinting Effects for Cloth', Worcester Embroiderers Guild.
- 'Harmonious Colours', Leamington Spa Embroiderers Guild.
- De Montfort University Visiting Lecturer, Talk, demo/workshop, tutorials
- 'Harmonious Colours', North Wales Embroiderers Guild.
- 'Dye Effects for Cloth', Frodsham Quilters Guild
- 'Harmonious Colours', Oxford Embroiderers Guild.
- 'Monoprinting Effects for Cloth', Art Van Go, Knebworth
We were a little tentative at the beginining, but I think that there were some really interesting and creative pieces produced. It was lovely to see the results at the end of the day. I hope that you enjoyed teaching us and got as much out of it as we did. I can't wait to start stitching into mine.
Thank you so much for a fabulous day today. You gave us so many ideas to try and also to take away to try later. Everyone was very involved in what they were doing and interested in the differing effects they were obtaining - a great result. Thank you also for being so organised with your dyes in their various forms. Your earlier efforts made the day very easy given the limited facilities we had, we do appreciate it."