Textile Study Group

artists and tutors sharing ideas imagination and skills

Mary Sleigh

Summer School 2012: Alchemy: Media, Materials, Ideas

Magic in Making

Chance collections of natural, found or discarded objects may have no intrinsic value but are treasured because they have significance or appeal for the owner. It is only when they are selected and combined, that they may take on a magical or poetic quality and unexpected associations are revealed. Your personal collections will provide the inspiration for this workshop and some items may become integrated into your work. There will be structured sessions to experiment with non-traditional materials, new methods of working and time for discussion. We shall use a range of mixed media and practical skills to explore unexpected connections and ideas. The emphasis will be on inventive and expressive ways of combining materials and techniques. On this voyage of discovery commonplace objects will take on a new importance, and who knows what discoveries we shall make by transforming mundane objects into something special.


Mary Sleigh taught and acted as a Verifier for City & Guilds Creative Textiles Courses for many years. She now works as a freelance tutor and author and enjoys encouraging students to extend their ways of working as well as pursuing her own creative work.