Accredited Courses: Worth the Money?

At the risk of being crass we wanted to talk to you about money! With never-ending talks of Brexit and the Great British Pound seemingly weakening by the day, it’s no wonder that many of us are either tightening the purse strings or being more cautious about spending hard earned …

Sue Stone – An Honest Approach to Hand Embroidery

Sue Stone is a highly accomplished British artist; an exhibiting member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists (Chair 2013 to 2018),  a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen  and a member of SEW. Her distinctive style has become synonymous with her portrait and figurative compositions that are so …

Wishing You a Happy, Creative Christmas

As the New Year approaches we wanted to take this opportunity to look back on 2018.  First Bursary Applications 2018 was kicked off to a great start as we saw the largest ever amount of enquiries from people wanting to enrol. We also held our first ever peer vote for …

A Sneak Peak at Something New

We all had a great time over the last few weeks filming more of our entry level courses, which we will be adding to over the next few months until we have a full set of ‘introductory’ online beginner textiles courses to act as an introduction to the subjects we …

James Bartholomew

I just love ‘immediate’ vibrant artwork in most guises and, in my humble opinion, James Bartholomew is one of the best when it comes to animals.  He doesn’t overwork and lose the vivacity and vibrancy of the subject but at the same time the detail is still wonderful.  I just …

Our leak problems

Gosh it is a long time since I posted – so sorry to all.  We had a big problem at home with a water pipe connection giving way in our lounge ceiling – see photo.  We’ve been drying out over the last 3 weeks and everything has been at sixes …

Ten Plus @ Bankfield

It isn’t always easy to find good textile exhibitions – especially now that attended City & Guilds courses are becoming rarer and rarer.  However it is invaluble when working on a course or as a textile artist to be able to view the work of others, allowing it to inspire …

Book Recommendation

I don’t usually make too many recommendations in the book department – it’s a personal preference to a great extent and what one person likes another will hate. However, as so many students mention the design side of the course and that they would like to improve on their design …

Art Supplies

After a lovely few days staying with friends in Kent, I have returned full of enthusiasm (sort of !!) and also really pleased to be able to pass on a great new art supplier I found completely by chance as we were walking through the lesser trodden ways of Canterbury. It’s …