Susie Gillespie. From an early age I have been designing and weaving textiles. My interest in prehistoric textiles has led me to weave the way I do. I use antique linen yarn, nettle imported from the traditional spinners of the Himalayas and home grown flax.
The organic nature of my work due perhaps to the surface qualities inherent in the weave and the irregularities of the yarn has been my continuous theme, which I believe is particularly suited to my subject.
Creative Courses in South Devon
We put on a variety of creative courses throughout the year at our workshop and studio in South Devon.
The workshop and studio are set in our orchards next to a 15th Century cider farm and we have recently converted Barn House accommodation for you to stay in – it is a lovely place for you to relax and be inspired.
Residential 5 day Creative Textile Course
On this 5 day fully residential course you can immerse yourself in Flax Processing, Spinning, Weaving and Natural Dyeing. Relax during the evenings by bringing along your own knitting, crochet and sewing project and share your ideas with the other students. Or take the opportunity to explore the beaches, countryside and river estuaries of South Devon recording what you find in sketches, photographs and found items and return to the studio to incorporate your ideas into your woven art work. Find out more
Unusual and Creative Techniques in Woven Art
This 4 day Woven Art Course is inspired by ancient textiles, earth, stone, vegetation, and decomposition. I will show you some of the techniques I use in my work which have come about through my fascination with ancient textiles.
You can weave different textures and experiment with looping, slits, tapestry inlay, gesso, paint and earth pigments before creating your art piece through distressing, unravelling and sewing fragments together. Find out more
2 Day Weaving Course – Creative Weaving with Susie Gillespie
My 2 day weaving course is suitable for complete beginners or experienced students. I will show you basic weaving techniques as well as unusual ideas in weaving.
My workshop has 5 large floor looms which i set up with a linen warp ready for students to experiment with wrappings, twill, looping, slits and tapestry inlay. Find out more
Flax processing, spinning and linen weaving course
Then it’s time to move on to the weaving studio with large four shaft floor looms and begin the process of weaving the linen into cloth to produce your own cushion cover or artwork. Find out more
Textile Art Techniques – Weaving, Stitching & Dyeing with Alice Fox and Susie Gillespie.
I was drawn to Alice Fox’s work because of the creative way she engages with the landscape and the natural world to create her artworks. I share Alice’s love of coastal landscapes, beaches and river estuaries and the wonderful treasures washed up on them.
That is why we have decided to put on a workshop together where students can combine weaving in linen with stitching, natural dyeing, rust marking and found objects. Find out more`