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Denbighshire, Wales, UK
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01824 704 774
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Sashiko textiles with Michele Walker

Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 June
10.30am – 4.30pm 
Suitable for all
£120 includes light lunch



Michele Walker is an artist curator inspired by sashiko textiles and fieldwork undertaken in Japan. Her work is included in public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Whitworth Art Gallery Collection.

The word sashiko means small stitches; a technique used for hand sewing layers of cloth together. It evolved from a need to conserve and repair garments at a time when cloth was a precious commodity. Michele recognises the similarities between sashiko and British historical quilted textiles. 

This two day workshop will provide an insight into the historical and contemporary significance of sashiko in Japan which will give you the grounding for exploration and experimentation towards creating your own sashiko inspired textiles.

Further information and details of what to bring will be provided on booking.

Shibori for texture with Michelle Griffiths

Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 April 
10.30am – 4.30pm 
Suitable for all
£110 includes light lunch


Michelle Griffiths’ work draws on both traditional and contemporary shibori (tie-dye) techniques, creating beautiful patterns and permanent textures on cloth. She is World Shibori Network Representative for UK/Ireland, and the current Chair of Fibre Art Wales. During this two day workshop you will have the opportunity to produce a series of experimental samples exploring a variety of ways to heat-set and manipulate fabric through the use of shibori wrapping, stitching and binding encompassing both traditional and modern techniques. Samples will be decorated with silk paints as well as oil paint sticks, highlighting the relief patterns created by the fabric manipulation. All materials and equipment are provided, further information about what else you might like to bring to supplement this will be provided on booking.

Papermaking with Gill Wilson 

Saturday 28 April
10.30am – 4.30pm 
Suitable for all
£65 includes light lunch


Gill Wilson works with plant fibre pulps as a raw material for interior artworks. Textures range from richly fibrous to perfectly smooth and are further developed by tooling, layering and drawing. She has worked with plant fibre pulps for the last 30 years after an inspirational study tour to Japan. 

During this one day workshop you will work with different pulps to make sheets of paper with a variety of finishes. The workshop will further develop the potential of pulp to create artworks. 

Please bring along bits of fabric and any small pieces you would like to incorporate in your pieces eg. petals, plus any ideas you would like to develop in the workshop eg. drawings.