Summer School Tutor's Workshops



 Sheila Mortlock & Bobby Britnell. Sheila Mortlock & Bobby Britnell.

Sheila and Bobby have chosen an overall theme of 'DRAWN TOGETHER' especially for Distant Stitch students.

Sheila will call her particular workshop ‘DRAWN TO THE EDGE, that will

compel students to consider how the edge has its part to play within the development of any design.

Bobby will call her workshop 'DRAWN TO THE LINE', where you will explore exciting approaches to working with both the simplicity and complexity of 'line' as an inspirational source.

Both workshops will be stimulating, informative and inspiring.



You are invited to secure your place on either workshop by making a booking as soon as possible.


Workshop With Sheila Mortlock
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Sheila Mortlock



Workshop Title: DRAWN TO THE EDGE

“Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.”
D.H. Lawrence


“Cutting edge, water’s edge, gilt edged, edge of darkness, edgy, jagged edge are just some of the common phrases regularly used in conversation and yet the ‘edge’ is an underused area when creating.
We usually work within the plane or surface of the paper or canvas, centred maybe, with little consideration given to the edge, however I believe it offers us a rich area to explore.”



This workshop will compel students to consider how the edge has its part to play within the development of any design. Students will explore the properties of the edges of the given paper and through a sequence of exercises to develop ideas into fabric and stitch.



Workshop With Bobby Britnell

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Workshop 2 with ~ Bobby Britnell


Workshop Title: 'DRAWN TO THE LINE'

"Drawing is putting 'a line' around an idea"
Henri Matisse


"A line is a mark or stroke, long in proportion to its breadth, made with a pen, pencil, or tool, onto a surface."

This course will have students examining both the simplicity and complexity of 'line' as an inspirational source, by using a variety of 'drawing' tools and mixed media surfaces. Accessible drawing methods, both traditional and experimental, will be considered in relation to the exercises introduced.

Students will quickly build up inspirational boards full of ideas and design possibilities, for personal interpretation into fabric and stitch. Artist research will offer further insights into the development of ideas, with the whole course culminating in a useful portfolio of original works.