Summer School 2024

Summer School 2024

Hillscourt Hotel, Rose Hill, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8RS
Monday 15 – Thursday 18 July 2024

Each July we run a Summer School led by a rotating trio of tutors from our membership.

This year our Summer School theme is ‘Travelling Lines’ with tutors Jane McKeating , Polly Pollock and Dorothy Tucker.

There are still a few places available on Polly’s exciting course: Shape, Form, Basket. Polly has been making and teaching basketry for many years. Her long basketry journey began with an interest in textiles, her work having gone through many transitions. For the past 15 years Polly has worked increasingly with paper, exploring more personal themes, most recently in her work ‘Kitchen Drawer: Emergency Home Repairs” for the TSG Making:50 exhibition. 

Polly Pollock. Making:50 stitched and woven structures.

Shape, form, basket:

Lines joined up form shapes. Shape and lines intersecting in space create form. Form becomes basket.

After considering the qualities of lines through drawing and mark-making, you will explore how materials can represent these. Baskets are created by linear materials interweaving. You will experiment with materials, colour, scale, density, surface, stitch… Your work might be materials/technique led, or informed by a more personal theme, like tracing the steps of a familiar walk.

Basketry is a slow and meditative craft, allowing time for contemplation and experimentation; it is rooted in ancient traditions, with enormous potential for experimentation and innovation. You may focus on a single piece, or a small collection of exploratory samples to develop further in your own time.

Further details and booking via our website: https://textilestudygroup.co.uk/courses/summer-school-2024/

Composition- Big, Bold & Brave with Ruth Issett

Composition- Big, Bold & Brave with Ruth Issett

Summer School 2022

Starting from simple black and white cut paper compositions, students worked through many possibilities. They then selected two contrasting paper colours and developed their ideas further, exploring a number of different challenges. They were asked to work quickly and to enlarge their ideas so that their work climbed the wall or covered their workspace. By sharing and being open minded students quickly produced a wide variety of possibilities that could then be adapted to simple bold textile pieces.

Using large pieces of pre coloured fabric supplied by the tutor, everyone developed their paper ideas further using layers of fabric, applique, cutting and manipulations as well as additional stitch. Despite the extreme heat the group worked happily together sharing and encouraging each other to develop new ways of working and becoming braver and bolder and sometimes bigger!

Ruth Issett

The residential Summer Schools are tutored by different Textile Study Group members each year, and are open to everyone. This year the Textile Study Group Summer School was led by Ruth IssettJan Miller and Mary Sleigh. The tutors worked with design, composition and ideas as fundamental parts of their courses, encouraging and supporting the students during their inspirational courses. Below are examples of students work.

Summer School 2023

Summer School 2023

Title – Salvage: Transform

The focus of the Summer School will be on salvaging and repurposing a wide range of materials. You may choose to work with a personal collection, finding inspiration in found objects, you could find new life in old materials or you might be drawn to work with discarded materials and the principles of fan making to explore ideas.

Your enthusiastic and experienced tutors will encourage and support you in finding new stories to tell through your work. Dates – Monday 17 – Thursday 20 July 2023.  ( 4 days) Tutors – Lois Blackburn, Julia Triston and Shelley Rhodes

Further course information and Booking Opens – 27th September

TSG Summer School 2022 

TSG Summer School 2022 

Making a Point

The residential Summer Schools are tutored by different Textile Study Group members each year, and are open to everyone. This year the Textile Study Group Summer School was led by Ruth Issett, Jan Miller and Mary Sleigh. The tutors worked with design, composition and ideas as fundamental parts of their courses, encouraging and supporting the students during their inspirational courses. Below Mary talks about her workshops and shares some photos of her students work:

Coming into view: Remove I Reduce I  Refine

We started with items kept and treasured by each student and started to try different ways of experimenting with a variety of techniques, exploring through mixed media possible ways of paring back, obscuring, hiding, revealing and seeing something familiar with new eyes. By allowing for change through these activities, different ways of working emerged and all the students came up with exciting and some unexpected results.

Everybody rose to the challenges including the weather! Despite fire, flood and pestilence all the students came up smiling with some very individual work. It was a happy and productive few days with a hardworking and enthusiastic group of students with lots more to develop.

Mary K Sleigh