Workshops

Unit Twelve has an ongoing workshop programme, with workshops run by Jennifer Collier, Iain Perry and other exhibiting artists, please scroll down for more information.

Emily Notman: Advanced Wall Hangings - 4th July 2020

  • Description:
    Spend a creative day with textile artist Emily Notman, embrace a range of mixed media methods to create a large whimsical wall hanging. Emily will take you through manipulating and dyeing your own fabrics and stitched surfaces using inks, bleach and printing with found objects. Once you have a collection of pieces Emily will share her methods of constructing these pieces into hangings using stitch, wrapping, trapping and binding. Finish off with machine sewing, hand stitch and tactile embellishments for decoration. All materials are provided, but please do bring along fabric scraps, threads, haberdashery, buttons and lace to personalize.
  • Date:
    04/07/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Emily Jo Gibbs: Illustrative Pictures, working with silk organza and hand stitch on 11th July 2020

  • Description:
    Experiment with composition, using over lapping layers of translucent fabrics to build areas of different colours and tones. Create a collage that is the backdrop for your hand stitching. Using a variety of media including pencil, ink and silk paint, see how you can transfer images on to silk organza. Mark making with stitch, experiment with stitch length and density. On this course you will make a series of test pieces. If you would like to work from your own drawings and/or photographs please bring them along.
  • Date:
    11/07/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Anne Kelly: House and Home workshop - 18th July 2020

  • Description:
    Houses and buildings are a rich source of inspiration for textile collage work. We will use a variety of found textiles, techniques and stitch to create a special piece representing a house or home of your choice. In this one day course with author, artist and tutor Anne Kelly you will be working from your choice of house or building that holds a special memory for you. We will start by using basic but effective techniques taken from her books. Anne will show you how to create a mixed media collage that will be embellished and richly decorated to create a special souvenir or gift. All materials are provided, but please do bring items from your collections and charity shop finds, such as fabrics, threads, haberdashery, buttons , ribbons and lace to personalize and an image to work from.
  • Date:
    18/07/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Bryony Rose Jennings: Textile Owlet workshop on 1st August 2020

  • Description:
    In this one day workshop you will work with fabric to shape and create your own mini textile Owl. Wrapping, layering and hand-stitching over a stuffed fabric and wire armature in a unique approach to sculpting. Explore ways to suggest character, expression and form using various sewing techniques. All materials are included but please bring your own treasured fabrics, haberdashery and found objects to personalize your sculpture.
  • Date:
    01/08/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Kathryn Ashcroft: Mouse in the House workshop - 22nd August 2020

  • Description:
    There’s mouse mischief afoot! Create your own mixed-media mouse sculpture in a house, or on a little wooden block, personalised to tell your own story with an array of details and props, created using model-making skills combined with stitching and textile techniques. All materials are provided, but do bring along your own fabrics and other mouse-related treasures to add a very personal touch to the work!
  • Date:
    22/08/2020
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Richard McVetis: ‘A Stitch Drawn'- The Art of Hand Embroidery - 5th Sept 2020

  • Description:
    In this workshop you will explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do it and why you do it. We will explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching; the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark-making; and the pleasure in having time to make. We will explore the following stitches: straight / running / seeding / couching / whipped + laced / back / fly / chain / blanket. Create textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw. Practical help will be given by demonstrating the many ways in which this can be achieved using the most simple of hand embroidery techniques, no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques are needed.
  • Date:
    05/09/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Story Book Gloves - 12th September 2020, 10-12.30pm.

  • Description:
    In this half day workshop you will create your own perfect ‘Story Book Gloves’, from beautiful found and recycled papers. You will have a choice of 3 types of gloves to make, that will be embellished and stitched to add exquisite detail. All materials are provided, but please do bring your own special papers, books and maps to personalise your work.
  • Date:
    12/09/2020
  • Time:
    10-12.30pm
  • Cost:
    £30
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Experimental Mini Bookbinding - 26th September 2020,

  • Description:
    You will be shown Jennifer’s trademark experimental techniques, such as waxing, stitching and trapping recycled papers to create sketchbook pages. These will then be made into a traditionally bound soft backed mini sketchbook (or series of sketchbooks). All materials are provided, but do bring along your own special papers, books or maps to personalise your work.
  • Date:
    26/09/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Iain Perry of Print Garage: Print Club Basic workshop - 3rd October 2020

  • Description:
    Come and learn how to screen print in a relaxed and friendly environment. You’ll learn the basics- mixing ink, using squeegees and creating simple paper stencils. You will learn making screen prints on papers, so you can be free and experimental, but it is easy to translate this to fabric at a later date by simply changing the print medium you use. All materials are provided but please bring simple, bold, graphic images to work from. This workshop is suitable for newcomers or the rusty.
  • Date:
    03/10/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Katie Almond: Porcelain Envelope Wall Pockets - 17th October 2020

  • Description:
    Be inspired by Katie’s highly decorative ceramics to create a porcelain envelope wall pocket with hand built 3D elements. Throughout the day you will learn hand-building techniques, how to make ceramic florals, patterning, impressing textures and adding designs with coloured glazes to create your personalised envelope. All pieces will be fired by Katie and you will have a finished piece plus a trio of samples from the ceramic techniques taught throughout the day. The work will be fired and posted back to you within 3 weeks, so please bring £5 in cash payable directly to the artist on the day for P&P.
  • Date:
    17/10/2020
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Stewart Kelly: Following a Line. A Sensory Exploration of Drawing & Contemporary Stitch - 24th October 2020

  • Description:
    This sensory exploration of drawing & contemporary stitch workshop will encourage you to explore the possibilities of combining drawing, mixed media and textile techniques. You will work towards producing a book form as an outcome for the workshop, tying into to the exhibition theme of 'repetition'. All materials are included but please bring a basic sewing kit.
  • Date:
    24/10/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Story Book Dresses - 31st October 2020

  • Description:
    Jennifer will show you a range of traditional hand and machine stitch techniques, including Paper Patchwork, Pleating, Paper Pockets, Button Loops, Covered Buttons and Covered Bindings which be used on found papers. These skills will be used these to create small paper dresses. Please bring along your favorite books and papers to incorporate into your work.
  • Date:
    31/10/2020
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Stitched Paper Shoes (full day) - 7th Nov 2020

  • Description:
    Creating decorative paper shoes from beautiful vintage, found and recycled papers. You will have a choice of four different types of shoes to make; a stiletto, a sandal, a lace up shoe or an 'Alice' style T Bar shoe. You will be show a range of paper construction techniques, such as paper roses, covered buttons and Suffolk Puffs to decorate, and a range of hand stitched to embellish them. We will go onto decorating a shoebox to accompany with your beautiful handmade paper shoes. All materials are provided but do bring along your own special papers, books or maps to personalise your work.
  • Date:
    07/11/2020
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Paper Flower Christmas Wreaths with Jennifer Collier - 14th November 2020

  • Description:
    In this full day workshop you will be shown how to create decorative paper flowers from recycled papers, with a choice of four different types of flowers to make, from the very easy through to a 5 petal origami flower. These flowers will be used to make an beautiful everlasting floral wreath for Christmas. All materials are provided but you may wish to bring along your own papers and books to personalise your wreath.
  • Date:
    14/11/2020
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Fran Buxton: Stitch, Weave, Knot – A hoop full of texture on 28th November 2020

  • Description:
    Inspired by weaving, hand stitch, and knotting techniques, you will create a textured circular wall hanging – a hoop or wreath that is good enough to be enjoyed all year round! You will combine yarn and textiles with the optional addition of found objects to explore areas of calm and busy, balancing negative space with organic patterns. All materials are provided but please bring along lace, wool, fabric, haberdashery and small treasures (buckles, washers, broken jewellery etc) to personalise.
  • Date:
    28/11/2020
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Sal Broadhurst: Mini Books Workshop - 5th December 2020

  • Description:
    We will begin the day by making the first of three types of mini book…an ingenious ‘instant book’, created from just one sheet of paper, and some clever folding and cutting! We will then move onto our first two stitched books, single section pamphlet stitched, three and five hole books. Using the skills and confidence gained, we will then spend the rest of the day making a more ambitious multi-section mini block book. When the block is made we will complete the book using thin board and your choice of paper to create decorative covers.
  • Date:
    05/12/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Liz Cooksey: ‘Small Worlds' wire workshop - 12th Dec 2020

  • Description:
    This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to explore and experiment using a wire composition to create a playful sense of place, exploring observations of the natural world, using a mixed media approach, working with wire, printed papers, fragments of cloth, threads and bringing these elements together using a selection of techniques such as hand stitch, wrapping & binding, fabric manipulation and crochet. All materials are provided, but please do bring along fabric and paper scraps, threads, haberdashery, buttons and lace to personalize.
  • Date:
    12/12/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Paper Shoes (half day) - 17th January 2021

  • Description:
    Creating decorative paper shoes from found and recycled papers. A choice of four different types of shoes to make; a stiletto, a sandal, a lace up shoe or an alice shoe. You will also make an accompanying, decorated shoe box.
  • Date:
    17/01/2021
  • Time:
    10-12.30pm
  • Cost:
    £30
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.
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