Jacqueline Bounsall : Pattern Maker
Jacquie trained as a Fashion Designer specialising in Knitwear at St. Martin’s. Through further study in pattern making and garment construction at the London College of Fashion she worked as a Pattern Maker in the Fashion Industry, creating designer collections for London Fashion Week. Throughout her career she has been involved in teaching and went on to qualify as a teacher in 2013.
Inspired by constructing garments from a 2D image Jacquie rises to the challenge of creating a new silhouette as much as perfecting the fit of a sleeve. She is passionate about shape and texture and is curious to understand and master the technical side of garment construction whether pattern cutting or making. She finds working with new and interesting ideas, materials and people stimulating and enjoys overcoming the challenges that they may bring.
Niki Chandler: Drawing and Patchwork Quilting
Niki is an artist, designer and maker working primarily in the disciplines of textiles and printmaking. An established art quilter, her work is regularly juried into prestigious exhibitions and competitions here in the U.K. and Europe. Underpinning her textile art practice is an emphasis on discovery through drawing and mark making, experimenting with a variety of medium and technique to produce a strong visual aesthetic to inform her stitched work.
As a tutor she is passionate in passing this love of creativity on to her students encouraging them to join her in their own creative process, celebrating their unique individuality.
Follow her work at:- ANGLIA TEXTILE WORKS : angliatextileworks.weebly.com PRISM Textile Art: prismtextiles.co.uk INSTAGRAM : niki chandler @sablecollection
Gill Collinson: Textiles & Mixed Media
With over ten years’ teaching experience with a variety of adult classes, Gill has a passion for all things textile and mixed media. Gill’s background is in graphic design and after many years working in the design industry she returned to her first love, textiles. Her own work has a strong basis in natural forms and reflects a truly mixed media approach – incorporating fabric, paper, felt, plastics, stitch, heat tools and anything else with creative potential!
Janet Edwards: Watercolour Painting
Janet Edwards was originally a potter, but, in the nineties, back problems and six months in California with no kiln led her to a paintbrush.She has taught watercolour painting for many years, with the emphasis on how to create a picture rather than details of technique. Her approach to her paintings she describes as ‘representational but not literal’—in other words the images and drawings are real, from life, but are assembled on the paper to make a picture out of colours and lines, rather than to record reality
Jill Fordham: Stained Glass
I have worked as a locally based stained glass artist for 25 years. My work includes taking commissions from private clients, exhibiting regularly and teaching, and I enjoy following my own inspiration as much as encouraging and inspiring other’s creativity. The glass techniques I work with are leading, copper foiling, fusing and slumping and glass painting. A source of inspiration for many of my designs is capturing fluid forms, and using glass to recreate the way these forms are affected by light and I also like geometric patterns!
Rebecca Ilett : Jewellery
Rebecca Ilett is a sculptor and Jeweller whose work references stories, characters and ideas from literature. Her work often uses traditional methods and materials, chosen for their ability to illustrate a theme or story. She often uses humour and ambiguity in her work as a device to challenge.
Rebecca has been teaching jewellery making and silversmithing in London and Cambridge for the past 13 years, having originally trained as a sculptor. She has exhibited her work internationally, and was shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize 2017.
Find out more about Rebecca’s work here
Susan Jones : Printmaking
Susan studied Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, and returned to study for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration in 2001. In 2000 Susan studied lithography with Stanley Jones MBE at the Curwen Print Study Centre.
Susan worked as Lead Tutor for the Curwen Print Study Centre, an educational charity for 17 years, working with artists and students of all ages, teaching diverse print techniques, providing varied challenges, and a rewarding and valuable experience.
Simon Rees: Silversmithing and Jewellery
Simon Rees trained in the 80’s at the world-class jewellery school, Sir John class in London, completing with a very high degree and a number of prizes. His early career saw him working under his own label producing small collections for global designer outlets, most notably Harrods, Charivari’s in New York and a number of outlets in Japan. During this period, he collaborated with a number of designers, most famously Alexander McQueen, the results of which were a number of catwalk pieces recently featured in the V&A exhibition; Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. All of this work was designed and produced within his highly successful studio & shop in the famous Columbia Road flower market which he ran for 25 years before opening Rees & Rees in deal, Kent. He has many years experience of teaching at White House Arts and now at Cambridge Art Makers and in his own studio in Deal. Many of his students have gone on to sell their work in galleries around the UK.