Textile Study Group

artists and tutors sharing ideas imagination and skills

Gwen Hedley

Summer School 2019: Change Matters

Under Wraps

We will creatively consider the ancient technique of wrapping – diverting from the traditional path by introducing our own contemporary approaches with a creative twist, to produce innovative and individual pieces, maybe using unconventional materials.

Wraps can contain, conceal, embellish, bundle… and much more. Using hand and/or machine
stitching with other textile processes, you can create robust or delicate 3D forms, assemblages, relief surfaces, or quite simply an embellished cloth – the choice will be yours.

You will build a workbook full of ideas, and through personal tutorials you can expect to develop plans for ongoing personal work. You may choose to begin a more resolved piece of work – it will be up to you!


Gwen’s work is rooted in the impact of the elements upon surfaces and structures. Abstract designs stem from observational drawings that are often changed in scale, and further developed by increasingly simplifying, thus distilling the very essence of the subject matter. She currently paints and draws directly onto cloth, and combines it with print and stitch.