Obviously highly skilled and experienced, Claire guided us really well. I was a complete beginner and she gave clear instructions and good encouragement. I enjoyed the whole experience , the expertise, the company and the lunch. I will definitely be back.

Karina Wiles

Karina is a textile and mixed media artist based in Yorkshire. Her tactile art works are both inspired by and reflective of nature’s textures, shapes and colours. Although a multi-disciplined artist, her love of textures led her to the heritage craft of rag rug making. Inspired by the storytelling work of Heather Richie and the Reeth, Swaledale exhibition, her love of this craft opened her path to more contemporary creations. After dislocating her wrist in 2018, she began introducing more upcycled and locally sourced naturally dyed yarns and lightweight fabrics for hooking. This not only enabled her to place more detail within her wildlife artworks but meant less stress on her wrist than using heavier weight and tougher fabrics.

“I stem from a long ancestral lineage of makers and creators and was fortunate enough to be taught many crafts when I was young. Being part of the ‘make do and mend’ generation, rag rugging sits perfectly with the ethos of upcycling and recycling. I’m also passionate about pushing the boundaries to show others that this often misrepresented craft of ‘what granny used to do’ can be a magical exploration into the realms of the contemporary in so many different ways”

Karina creates artworks for sale, runs workshops for beginners and intermediates as well as helps teach young primary school children each year at the Countryside Days event, Harrogate. She is a member of ‘The Art Crowd’ based in Northallerton, and is an active member and on the Committee of Ebor Ruggers in York.

Lindsay Lowe

Lindsay Lowe works in vocational education by day, but in the evenings and at weekends she whiles away her time hand sewing and creating beautifully crafted, traditional and fully jointed mohair teddy bears. She discovered her love of teddys at a very young age, meeting her lifelong friend over 47 years ago aged just 4 in the school playground, both clutching a small comfort teddy. She loves to develop new patterns, and to see new characters emerge. Each Teddy has a completely unique personality, depending on the placing of facial features. Lindsay is a true Arctophile ‘a person who collects or is very fond of teddy bears’ and she loves to share this passion and skill with anyone who is interested.

You do such a grand job – perfect location and set up, always welcoming, inspiring tutors and great food such a great day out thank you Gaynor, Sue and Vanessa

Agnis Smallwood

Agnis Smallwood is passionate about textiles.  She specialises in weaving and spinning.  Based in Yorkshire, she produces her own hand woven designs and products from her studio in Leeds. She also spends much of her time facilitating opportunities for people to explore traditional textile processes for themselves.

Agnis graduated from Cumbria Institute of the Arts in 2009 in BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts. She later studied part time for her MA in Artist Teachers and Contemporary Practices at Goldmsmiths, University of London graduating in 2017.

Jan Beadle

Jan moved to Cumbria in the mid 80’s after completing her BA Hons in Textiles.

She has over 30 years experience in the textile field working in Higher Education running a Constructed Textile Resource at University of Cumbria, formally Cumbria Institute of the Arts until 2010, when she decided to start concentrating fulltime on making and exhibiting her own work. Jan is a member of the Wool Clip, a co-operative of local craftspeople based at Caldbeck in North Cumbria and she is one of the organisers of Woolfest in Cockermouth.

As well as selling her work in many galleries around the UK Jan runs specialist weave courses for a wide range of abilities..

Louise Goult

Louise’s work is inspired by people and relationships, often focusing on memories of times together and places visited – capturing a snapshot of time. She enjoys creating pieces of work that contain a narrative, with the fabric and materials central to the work. The materials are used to convey the story or feeling behind the work – often using naturally dyed fabrics and papers along with other natural items to add a sense of place to the work.
Louise is increasingly inspired by nature. The materials that she re-purposes for her work lead her to consider who used them previously and what for – this narrative, real or imagined, often finds its way into the pieces she creates.

Louise holds a City and Guilds Level 3 in Textile Art and a Level 3 Award in Education and Training. She has been an Artist in Residence at Tudor House Museum, Worcester and exhibits regularly.

A big ‘Thank You!’ for the fabulous lampshade making workshop on Friday night. I had a great time and felt very well looked after. Your warm welcome, cakes and cups of tea were much appreciated, especially as I had travelled from York to join you. Georgia was a fabulous teacher – showing us how to make the lampshade step by step, providing very clear written as well as verbal instructions and giving us with support as we needed it. All the resources were readily available and Georgia’s amazing fabrics are beautiful. I really enjoyed the whole experience and feel very proud of, and delighted with, the lampshade that I made, especially as a ‘creative novice’. I posted a picture of the finished lampshade on my own Facebook page and have had a record 77 ‘likes’/’loves’/’wows’ from my friends already!

Betty Brown

Betty Brown is an artist living and working in Durham in the north east of England. She studied art at Chelsea and Camberwell and graduated with a B.A. from Camberwell in 1986.

Betty’s practice is rooted in observation and mark-making. Alongside drawing and painting she also works extensively in textiles and has a longstanding interest in pattern and surface design and a special interest in recycling fabrics and materials.

Alice Fox

Alice’s process-led practice is based on recording experience of landscape. She works with natural fibres, and gathered materials, employing natural dye techniques, print, stitch and weave in different combinations. She lives and works in West Yorkshire.