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Our courses, events, talks and workshops take place in a friendly, open atmosphere that encourages discussion, informal networking and learning.

Please view our series of courses below and check back for more events including talks with leading makers.

N.B. There is no disabled access at CSA Lansdown 13 Lansdown, Stroud GL5 1BB


Claire Walsh

Claire Walsh
Clare Walsh

Block printing workshop
Tutor: Clare Walsh

Date: Friday 15 June
Time: 10.00 am – 1 pm
Venue: Select Studio, CSA Lansdown 13 Lansdown, Stroud GL5 1BB

Using traditional Indian woodblocks you will create beautiful printed designs on paper and fabric. Clare will take you through experimenting with repeat patterns and you will take home a unique printed bag.
No experience is necessary. All materials provided including a variety of printing papers, inks, printing base, fabric bags, and Indian woodblocks.

Tickets: £40 inclusive
SIT select members: £35

Kate Whitehead
Kate Whitehead
Kate Whitehead
Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead
Enjoy a two day workshop with experienced tutor and textile artist Kate Whitehead.
A weekend of fun and sharing.

Date: Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August
Time: Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
Venue: Select Studio, CSA Lansdown 13 Lansdown, Stroud GL5 1BB

My two day Indigo and weave workshops are focused on seeing the potential in forgotten materials. You are invited to bring your fabric/ garments that have a special story, memory or meaning, that you will dismantle and have the opportunity to dip dye and to create a unique piece of weave to treasure. A time to get away from the fast pace of our digital lives and to embrace slow craft processors.

Day One
Kate will talk about what inspires her work and her journey since graduating 4 years ago.
The weekend will comprise of:
Mark making, a discussion of depth of colour, areas of the cloth/garment to be stitched, folded, knotted that will create interesting patterns when dyed.
Take time and consideration to create marks in fabric being dyed 
Kate will talk about Indigo as a dye and its values
You will dye selected fabrics in indigo

Day Two
A chance to look at students dyed fabric/yarn
Each student will choose their frame for weaving on (they are hand made)
Learning about the warp and weft, how to put the warp on the frame.
Yarns suitable for the warp   and weft.
Each student will put on their warp then use materials/yarns to create a handwoven piece
An opportunity to look at each others work to discuss and photograph

Student requirement list;
.Cotton fabric garment that holds a special story/memory 
.Cotton fabric pre washed in non biological fabric, no fabric conditioner.
.Any yarn to dip dye that you want to use in your textile piece.
.Fabric and embroidery scissors
.Notebook and pen
.embroidery needle
.Plastic bag to take your dyed fabric home

Kate will provide a selection of fabrics and yarns but it does give your textile piece a more personal feel if students bring some of their own.

My work is a protest against the way textiles are consumed in western society. Tired of a world in which clothes are produced and thrown away without thought to the consequences; where the fashion industry and media impose identities on us. My rebellion is to go back to slower processes, embrace tradition, salvage the discarded, fix the broken.
In my weaving and embroidery I explore the potential of the forgotten, overlooked and abandoned. I revel in discovering humble, quiet fabrics like calicos and cottons; the more worn, faded and story-laden the better; and giving them a second chance. I take time to imagine the history of every piece, exploring its hues and tones, examining its tears and frays, weighing up its foibles.

Tickets: Full price £175 SIT select Members discount £150
A delicious organic lunch can be provided on both days for an extra cost of £10 each day.
It will be mixed salads, quiche and cake.

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