We are coming up to our first year anniversary of being in our new centre and have seen how well it works. We all enjoy working here and students have commented that they feel their work has improved! That wasn’t even on our radar!!
So changes are afoot and we are preparing for WoolFest with a full prospectus of courses for September and the return of our Summer School. Kate Ryan is extending her teaching role to include Fashion Wear and Textile Decoration alongside her felt teaching. Angie Burt is building on her popular Introduction to Hand and Machine Embroidery courses to take on the Foundation and Intermediate levels. She is also writing a Crewel Embroidery course that will deliver the traditional skills as well as take the technique into your personal work. This is aimed at beginners and established makers, allowing time for students to develop and find direction with a traditional skill.
The weaving course has been very successful and will continue, and I am offering to run the introduction to rigid heddle weaving course again from September on a weekend. The felt making continues to grow, with the advanced level course proving to be very popular. We are renaming this Advanced Creative Textiles as it really does draw together a number of textile areas. Some of the weavers are joining this and it will be interesting to see it taken in a new direction.
The Intermediate Creative Computing is running again for those who have fallen in love with digital imaging and the artwork that is created. The Foundation course will still be there for those who wish to find ways to extend their design work for their textiles. For those who want a shorter course the mixed media group meets for one weekend a term throughout the year. We are studying Turner this year, preparing a piece for our public exhibition in 2017 at Carnforth Visitors’ Centre, Carnforth Railway Station.
Our Summer School has something for everyone. We have four 5-day courses spread over the first 2 weeks of August. There is a Basics of Felting, and a Design for Craft course for makers who want to push their work forward in week one. In week two you can create a rich palette of colours using natural dyes or develop your stitching by hand or machine. In between the 2 weeks we will host “Meet the Makers”, your chance to talk to and look at the work of our talented students and staff. This is on Saturday 6th August from 10.00 – 2.00.