Tutored by Jan Kilpatrick of Wildtiles, Elphin.
This is a week for immersing yourself in the colours, contours and textures of the west highland landscape, translating them through the medium of textile embroidery.
The week will begin by journeying out into the area north of Ullapool, using photography, paint or sketch to record your impressions of the skies, mountains, moorland, rivers and lochs. Your focus will reflect your own interests, whether it is the ever-changing sea, the sweeping land forms, close up details of the flora or the remnants of human habitation, in the form of ruined crofts and byres. This will be followed by some sessions of textile painting and print-making, building up a considerable bank of materials from which you will later select pieces which will form the elements of your chosen composition.
Thereafter, the days will be punctuated by short demonstrations of various techniques for developing these surfaces, through stitch, collage, joining and quilting. The group will be small and the demonstrations will be in response to the needs and interests of the group. The aim of the week is to enable everyone, no matter their area of interest or level of skill, to produce a finished piece of textile art which expresses their personal connection to the natural environment.