Textile Study Group

artists and tutors sharing ideas imagination and skills

Sheila Mortlock

Summer School 2016: Drawn Together

Drawn to the Edge

Cutting edge, water’s edge, gilt edged, edge of darkness, edgy, jagged edge are just some of the common phrases regularly used in conversation and yet the ‘edge’ is an underused area when creating. We usually work within the plane or surface of the paper or canvas, centred maybe, with little consideration given to the edge; however, I believe it offers us a rich area to explore.

This workshop will compel students to consider how the edge has its part to play within the development of any design. Students will explore the properties of the edges of the given paper and through a sequence of exercises will develop ideas for textiles.


Sheila Mortlock studied printed textiles and embroidery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, and for many years has taught City & Guilds Stitched Textile courses. She is a past Chairman of Edge – Textile Artists Scotland and regularly runs workshops for textile groups. Last year she was invited to teach at the Association of New Zealand Embroiderers’ Guilds Conference in New Plymouth.

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