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Well I am saying this with my fingers crossed, as I so want to get back to some teaching, but last weeks session was cancelled because of the snow and now I am not sure what this afternoon will bring weather-wise. But come hail or shine I know my students will make every effort in getting here for the weekend!!!

As well as that I have a course that some of you may be interested in at Art Van Go in Knebworth, plus spaces on two on-going courses and finally news of the ANNI ALBERS exhibition at Tate Modern. 

So do read on.
12th and 13th March 2019

Collaborative Drawings and Colour Studies 

This workshop  will help you realise that anyone really can draw!  Working collaboratively is both a liberating experience and also great fun. You will, of course, claim part of the drawing as your own and in this find new ways of extending your repertoire using a variety of drawing and colouring media - a really lovely way to work! The workshop will be looking at a number of different ways of working all of which will give confidence to those that say they cannot draw.

This image on the left is the kind of starting activity that we will be doing and you may remember some of these images, below, from the Wolverhampton Branch, work produced in just one day. Over two days we can take things much further. Students will be producing stunning original designs which can either be an end in itself or used for a number of textile projects in their own time.


Phone: 01438 814946

Cost: £105.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

I still have space on a couple of on-going courses that may be of interest to one or two of you.

RUTH ISSETT ~ Colour Investigation
Three two-day sessions ~  £300
13/14 February, 27/28 March, 8/9 May 

Develop a series or significant textile pieces using fabric, thread and stitch techniques.  Work from your own selected theme or ideas and investigate a number of different ways to design for textile work. In the  first two day sessions you will use a number of different  materials and techniques to explore your ideas that could then be interpreted into fabric and stitched pieces.
The March and May sessions will focus on the interpretation of these design ideas, focusing on your own personal development. A variety of different techniques will be suggested and you will be encouraged to sample and trial these with new materials, refining ideas towards a selected outcome.

Five alternate Wednesdays ~  £175
(3 Jan), 6 Feb, 20 Feb, 6 March, 20 March, 3 April

An art course offering insight into innovative art projects, exploring many ways of using techniques/media. Critique of work, artist research, lively discussion are essential parts of these sessions. These courses have been well attended for over ten years now with some regulars being joined by new members. Courses are suitable for beginners as well as those with experience. You will not have missed anything as the first session was cancelled so it is just 5 sessions now at £175.

Our project this term will have students examine, through drawing, two separate sets of objects, one will be floral and the other more hard edged and contained. These studies will then be bought together into one major study with the objects integrating with one another. Composition and space frames will also be considered.

These pieces of work were carried out some years ago by my students and give a flavour of the project.


Anni Albers, weaver, textile designer, print maker and writer, spent her early career teaching at the Bauhaus and later at Mountain College in North Carolina, after the Nazis forced the Bauhaus school to close. She was without doubt a pioneer and leading innovator of twentieth-century modernism, although her craft of weaving has been sadly overlooked until this very major exhibition which celebrates her life and works.

She remained true to her ideas and her thinking and constantly pushed forward, with experiments and trials in many different materials and techniques. The designs she created in her weavings she carried through into embossed pieces and printmaking.

I just loved her painted studies as shown in some of the samples below. Such a lovely use of colour.

A really uplifting and brilliant exhibition, which shows that there is a place for textiles in the major galleries!!!!

I hope that you have all settled into the New Year and are finding time to be creative in whatever form that may take.