Textile Study Group

artists and tutors sharing ideas imagination and skills

Mary Sleigh

Summer School 2015: Inside Out, Upside Down

This Way Up

Changing your view point is the essence of this workshop. We shall start by looking at familiar objects from a different perspective; examine the wrong side which can be more interesting than the right side, open objects that may contain a surprise, a disappointment, secret or unexpected contents, take things apart to discover construction techniques or magnify the microscopic.

Exploring these elements through sampling will provoke new connections and fresh ways of working. The emphasis will be on working directly with mixed media and a range of materials including discarded and found or recycled materials.

Following on from initial experiments and discussion you will be encouraged to make some individual constructed and stitched pieces. These may result in samples to be developed further or experiments in a new approach to your work.


Mary Sleigh is a freelance artist and tutor having worked for many years in further education. Much of the joy in what she creates is in the actual making process; allowing work to change through construction. Being resourceful and innovative in her use of materials is significant to her practice.

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