December

7th

Christmas Speaker – Alice Kettle

Telling Stories with Thread

Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist who has been the president of the Embroiderers’ Guild since April 2019.  The talk is about a life time of stitching, her work and those she has worked with and been inspired by.

Visit her web page here

Zoom

Members only

January

4th

Nikki Parminter

Welcome to the Zoom Room with Nikki Parminter

Nikki will talk about the development of her work from Paper to Wood, then Mixed Media to Textiles. She will show lots of examples and explain her approach to developing and realising a piece of work. She will describe her influences and the practicalities of making pieces on a large scale. She hopes that viewers will be encouraged to ask lots of questions and hopefully be influenced by some of the items she will show.

Nikki trained as a Fine Artist, taught Art for 30 years and took early retirement in 2016. She is a self taught textile artist and has exhibited widely in both solo and joint exhibitions. Nikki has also written a number of articles for magazines and online platforms, supported by Janome for whom she provides Masterclasses. 

Visit her web page here

Zoom

Members only

January

25th

Member led workshop

Workshop

February

1st

Andrea Cryer

Drawing With Thread

Andrea is a textile artist who draws with thread to produce unique portraits, townscapes and more recently, abstract compositions and images.

In her talk, she will be sharing background information, an explanation of her process with physical and digital examples, followed by a Q&A session

Visit her web page here

Zoom Meeting

March

1st

Jessica Grady 

Journey into the Unconventional

A look at Jessica’s textiles journey and career including her work within commercial embroidery and print design – Jessica also discusses her contemporary methods and use of sustainable and waste materials within my artistic practice.

Jessica is a member of Prism Textiles and Art Textiles Made in Britain, 2018-2019 Under 30’s Guild Scholar Award and RAW Talent Award 2017. Jessica works form her home studio in Leeds, West Yorkshire. She teaches her workshop programme to schools, colleges and private organisations across the UK and sell and exhibits her work internationally.

Floral Bloom Hoop (detail)

Daisy Polyps

Mandala (detail)

Sample Swatch Collection

Images reproduced  by kind permission of Jessica Grady

Visit her web page here

Zoom or Branch Meeting

March

2nd

Jessica Grady 

Abstract Embroidery & Embellishment

A full day exploring contemporary techniques to create colourful and tactile embellishment swatches. Techniques will include; making sequins, layered techniques, vertical beading and combining materials. Materials will include recycled plastics, cable sleeve, painted and wrapped washers and industrial waste alongside more traditional textiles and threads. The day will begin with creating samples and then the afternoon will be a developed piece of textile art from the morning’s experiments. All materials included.

Workshop

April

12th

To Be Advised

Speaker

May

10th

Polly Woolstone

My Journey with a Camera, Sketchbook and Needle

Polly’s work has been inspired by both her physical and emotional journeys. Working in mixed-media textiles she has tried to capture what the places have meant to her- colours, patterns, detail and decay, a sense of chaos or calm. Sometimes words and poems have helped her on my way and these have been incorporated into herwork.

Now based in Oxford, my work reflects my travels – from country lanes in the UK and Ireland to my many visits to India and Indochina. Working in mixed media my work combines my love of colour, texture and mark-making.  I am still exploring and my talk reflects my the creative journey I has been on

Speaker