I have shared my own creative life and journey through my exhibiting, teaching, writing, coaching/mentoring and work in the arts and cultural sectors. My book ‘Mark-making in textile art’ and my teaching aims to reach and encourage a wider audience to find and develop their own distinctive individual artistic voice as a source of personal creativity and life satisfaction.
I teach occasional masterclasses/weekend workshops on working with the seasons, landscapes, mark making, usually using hand stitch. I work collaboratively with the commissioner to create these one off events which are tailored to suit the venue, interests and level of the group. Masterclasses can be of varying duration; fees and travel expenses are agreed on an individual basis. I teach in the English language.
On 11-13 August 2017 I will be leading a new workshop ‘Inspired by The Lakes Summer 2017: exploring hand stitching.
Taking the beautiful high summer landscapes and literary heritage of the English Lake District as our starting points, we will explore simple hand stitch, using words to help us along. Aimed at inspiring you to take your own ideas, textile techniques and stitched work further, there will also be time to reflect, to rest and to explore Grasmere village. We will look closely at what inspiration is, sharing ideas and information, making samples and notes to support you to go on being creative long after our time together. There will be some one to one time with the tutor.
This is a weekend to explore what really inspires you and supports your creative life in companionable company and in the special surroundings of the Glenthorne Quaker Centre. The Centre is quietly located very close to the centre of Grasmere. It has a lovely purpose built teaching room in the grounds and a peaceful restorative energy. Booking information is on the Glenthorne website http://www.glenthorne.org/events/.
I have been considering for some time how best to move some of my teaching online. This is turning out to be a longer and more complex process than I hoped! I will look at this again after my next book is published in summer 2018. Do email me if you would like to find out more.