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 Farm House and Barn House accommodation for you to stay in – it is a lovely place for you to relax and be inspired.
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 6 large floor looms which i set up with a linen warp ready for students to experiment with wrappings, twill, looping, slits and tapestry inlay. The weaving I teach isn’t really conventional weaving as it is done more by hand, creating an uneven texture with inlaying and wrapping. People who come do really seem to enjoy it. Find out more
Flax Processing, Linen Spinning & Creative Weaving 4 Day Course with Susie Gillespie
Susie will show you how to process and spin the flax grown in her orchard to make a hank of linen and then weave a linen cushion cover or piece of artwork on large four shaft floor looms in her studio.
Susie’s workshop and studio are set in the orchards of a 15th Century cider farm in South Devon. It is the perfect place for you to relax and be inspired.
The course is 4 days and includes all materials and lunch. Suitable for beginners and experienced spinners and weavers, you will come away with your own linen cushion cover or piece of artwork designed and created by you.
Accommodation is available B & B in the Barn House and Farm House next door to Susie’s studio.
While you are on the course, why not 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
Sea Kayaking Holiday in South Devon with Susie and David
If you’ve ever wanted to try Sea Kayaking, come and join Susie and David on our Sea Kayaking 2 Day, short break holidays along the coastline and river estuaries of South Devon. No previous experience is needed, all equipment and tuition will be provided. Self catering accommodation in our Barn House and Farm House.
Experience wildlife close up and undisturbed while exploring the hidden coves, cut-off beaches, remote inlets and caves you can only discover from the water. Find out more
Tim Johnson – ‘Finding Fibres – Containing Space’
Fibre Art & Contemporary Basketmaking. Join artist and basketmaker Tim Johnson for this four day workshop exploring the combination of traditional and contemporary basketmaking techniques and the potential of diverse plant fibres to create contemporary baskets and sculptural forms.
During the workshop you will learn to identify, harvest and process a variety of local plant materials and be introduced to traditional soft material basketry techniques including Braiding, twining, cordage making, looping, ply-split darning, knotting, netting. Combining rigid and flexible materials. Find out more
Alice Fox – Land Marks – Recording ‘Place’
Living and working in South Devon I share Alice’s love of coastal landscapes, beaches and river estuaries and the wonderful treasures washed up on them.
That is why i have asked Alice to put on a three day course at my studios here in South Devon Land Marks – Recording ‘Place’
Through a range of techniques including rust printing, mono-printing, relief and contact printing along with experimental stitch you will explore different ways to respond to your ‘collections’ and use them as a basis for artists books and textile samples, forming a personal record of your experience. Find out more
Winter Residential 5 day Creative Textile Course
On this winter 5 day fully residential course you can immerse yourself in Flax Processing, Spinning, Weaving and Natural Dyeing. Relax during the evenings by the fire bring along your own knitting, crochet and sewing project and share your ideas with the other students. The course includes 5 nights accommodation, 4 days tuition and 1 free day to explore the towns, villages and countryside of South Devon. Includes all materials, breakfast, lunch and dinner and an evening meal out at the fabulous Riverford Field Kitchen. Find out more
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