The focus is on design, allowing participants to design a new work in their own style and telling their own story. The workshop will start with some exercises in mixed media and collage on paper. These fast techniques on paper allow participants to experiment and to try out new ideas.

Demonstrations will include Tillekes’ favourite embroidery technique (couching). The workshop will have an emphasis on hand embroidery, but it is perfectly all right to incorporate any other (textile) technique, or use the sewing machine.

The workshop will be illustrated with small lectures.  Special attention to the importance of SPACE in your work, space as part of your composition and space at the start which allows you to add ideas while working.  Hand stitching is fun but very time consuming, so please do not expect to finish a new work in these two days. The aim is to leave the workshop with plenty of new ideas and make a start with a new work on cloth.

Hope and Elvis is based in The Harley Studios