Why would I want to keep a sketchbook?

I think there are three basic reasons to keep a sketchbook:

  • As a souvenir of a lovely holiday or interesting trip
  • Because you have to for some sort of qualification you are taking
  • As a take-away inspiration for your textile work when you get back home.

Number three is the focus of this workshop, although it works equally well for the first two.


What will I learn?

In this one-day workshop I will show you fast and easy ways to capture ideas and materials for your textile work.  In a two-stage process in the morning we will gather information from our five senses on paper swatches, and then we will begin to select the inspiration we want to work on.  In the final stage in the afternoon we will begin to work on a finished piece.

Along the way you will learn and practise all sorts of techniques for capturing elements that appeal to you on your travels, and then ways  to translate them into a textile pieces.

What are the practical details?

The workshop details are as follows:

Date: 31 May 2020

Venue: Cotswold Community Association, Dursley Road, Shirehampton, Bristol, BS11 9XH

Cost: £50 per person

Number of places: 15 maximum

Time: 10.00-4.00 pm

Parking: ample on street, please do not park opposite the bus stop outside.

What’s provided?

I will provide an artist’s roll of supplies and equipment for you to produce your sketchbook pages.  This is for you to use during the class.  If you want to purchase the roll (and you can easily make your own), you will be able to do so.  I will also supply basic materials for you to develop your ideas into a textile piece.  I will show you quick ways to make a sketchbook.

Tea and coffee and light refreshments will be available during working breaks, but you will need to bring your own packed lunch.


What do I need to bring?

I will provide almost everything you need but please bring:

  • A sketchbook with paper you like.
  • Your lunch
  • A basic sewing kit – needles, pins, fabric scissors etc
  • An item for our pop-up museum – this can be a charity shop vase, a plant, an empty bottle etc, something we might find in a museum on trip – a museum of daily life not the British Museum or the Heritage!

What else do I need to know?

There is on street parking in the area, but you are specifically asked not to park opposite the bus stop outside before 6.00 pm.

No alcohol is allowed on the premises.