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..

Averil Otiv

Averil is a botanist and teacher by training. She teaches on a regular basis at her home and around the UK. She was tutor at the 2015 Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and again in 2017. She exhibits with the Braid Society, Basketmakers Association and Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers on a regular basis.

More information and photographs of Averil’s work can be found on her website or Instagram site:

Averil has produced a book entitled, Fibre Basketry Techniques, published in August 2017. She will have copies available to purchase on the day if desired.