Vote For Your Bursary Winner – Spring 2020

The creative bursaries we offer provide students with an opportunity to study a certified textile arts course, accredited by City and Guilds. Over the last two months we’ve received a fantastic amount of applications from budding creators, artists and makers. These have been shortlisted by our tutors and we now need your help in …

Georgina Bellamy, The Embroidery Girl.

Georgina Bellamy, aka ‘The Embroidery Girl’, is an award-winning embroidery artist and designer. Since graduating from The London College of Fashion in 2014, Georgina’s built an impressive client portfolio which includes the likes of Louis Vuitton and Georgina Goodman. Although Georgina’s works is probably more synonymous with her sculptural embroidery she often …

Crochet Graduate Story: Amanda Jones

Amanda recently completed our Skill Stage 2 course in Crochet. Amanda talks to us about her experience of the course, what she learned and what she might do next. I learnt to crochet as a little girl and was taught by my grandmother. Crochet fell out of fashion in the 80s …

Kazuhito Takadoi: Woven Nature

Kazuhito Takadoi   Horticulture is Kazuhito Takadoi’s first love. Having studied at Hokkaido Agricultural and Horticultural College at Sapporo, Japan and the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, nature is his biggest inspiration. Takadoi began collecting leaves and mosses from gardens, which he’d use to make embroidered greeting cards. After completing …

Combating Coronavirus Anxiety.

I can’t remember a time when daily life seemed quite so uncertain and I’m guessing many of you feel the same? The sudden spread of coronavirus across the globe seems to be continuing with frightening speed. I’m sure we’ve all heard the horror stories about people from the UK stuck …

The Women that made Space Inspired Textile Art Possible. 

One of Nasa’s most notable achievements was the moon landing in 1969. According to Space.com, during the Apollo programme women made up only 5% of Nasa’s entire workforce which consisted of around 400,000 personnel. Despite the crucial roles women played, their achievements are often overlooked. This International Women’s Day comes …

Graduate Story: Jenny Brown (Bursary Winner)

I have had a lifelong interest in crafts of many kinds that began when I was a pre-schooler, the first ‘real’ thing I remember making was a knitted doll’s hankie at about six years old.   I would visit my grandmother’s home and wish that I could have free rein in …

Lorraine Roy: The Science of Textile Art

It may come as no surprise that Canadian textile artist, Lorraine Roy, is a scientist. Having studied natural sciences and ornamental horticulture, her knowledge and ongoing studies of trees is her primary source of inspiration. Her style is natural, yet sometimes abstract but always demonstrates her understanding and love of nature. We …

Approved Patterns for Australia’s Wildlife

We are deeply saddened by the devastating bushfires that have raged through Australia in recent weeks and we’re sure you will feel the same. We’re therefore asking you if you’d like to help out by making much needed items using these approved patterns for Australia’s wildlife, which are currently in …