Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Spaces on workshops further afield . . . . Jersey and Canberra!

'Flipping out' is one of the exercises we use on this design based workshop.

So - My courses at The Jersey Textile Showcase next week are almost full. Filling workshops is always a worry, no matter how long you have been teaching. There are just two places left on 'The Journey'. An afternoon workshop to indulge in the joys of basic design exercises. Saturday 8th March.
The first three images below give you an idea of what we will be up to.

Moving further away - to the other side of the world - Canberra to be specific, there are six places left on my two day design based workshop on the 5th and 6th of April. This is the most important workshop I teach as it generates completely original designs and you leave with several printing blocks that can be used to print onto fabric or paper. My course Experimental Textiles is based around this workshop. It is great fun and so very useful.
So if you fancy a weekend of music, laughter and some fabulous work - sign up. Non members can also join in.

Painting the 'journeys'.

When they are hung together they merge into one delicious work of art.

We will take sections to isolate designs, a great way to develop your composing skills.

We will use the 'Expanding' exercise . . . .

 . . .  and 'Flipping out' . . . .

Your designs can then be made into printing blocks.

On course longer than two days we get a chance to play with colour.

Here are a range of blocks that have been made on previous courses.



I recently met up with a few ex students from my original four year Experimental Textiles course. They were doing a local craft fair in Brighton.
I was delighted to see these framed pieces by Helen Fallowfield who had taken these designs from the 'journey' that she painted in the far off years of 2001/2 (I think). It just goes to show that design sources never stop being useful - you just need to take the time to work with them!!!!


I was so pleased to see that Helen was still developing design ideas generated all those years ago.

So try not to be afraid of the 'D' word - there are many tutors and several very good books that can help point you in the right direction.

If you live in the U.K and fancy having a go - I will be teaching my annual design workshop at Art Van Go, June 10th - 11th - Creating Original Designs.

That's all for now - have lots of dashing about to do and loads of orders to pick and pack to post tomorrow, but the sun is out and the birds are singing, what more could a girl ask????


x x x


  1. Oh, my you make my mouth water when I see the lovely experiments you introduce to your students, wish I was one!!
    lol, Carli @ Good Earth Quilting

  2. Me too, but since I am going to the Australasian Quilt convention on the 8th and 9th I can't even go to the canberra one. One day it will work out!

  3. Glad you are enjoying the blog girls - as you say - one day!!!! x x x