Mentoring for Tapestry and Mixed Media Textiles (day 2 of 3) with Rachel Johnston

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About this course

This series of three mentoring days is designed to give you an opportunity to work with an experienced tutor and in a small discussion group of like-minded textile artists, finding ways of developing and sustaining your individual creative practice, as a creative 'pick me up'.

Please note that the course fee of £463 (which covers all three days) is payable in advance of study when booking the first day S1D33543.

Course Description

Through a series of three days spread over three months in one block, our mentoring programme for tapestry and mixed media artists are the first in a series of mentoring and discussion groups that will take place through the academic year. The days which make up this first course will run on 5 February, 5 March and 2 April 2025.

The emphasis is on supporting you in finding ways of developing and sustaining your individual creative practice from research through the design process to a final outcome. Highlighting your strengths and identify areas which you feel need to be addressed in order to develop your creative practice and ongoing discussion with an experienced fine art textiles tutor and your peers.

You will be part of a small discussion group (maximum 6 students) who will help you to reflect on the aims and ambitions for your work. You will be guided to find your own answers and to find ambitious and unexpected ways of directing your practice.

At each session the tutor will present areas for potential research and a contextual discussion around artists and processes. At the start of the mentoring programme, any requirements for technical support or additional teaching will be discussed and scheduled as needed.

Your aim for these sessions could be to complete a final artwork, or work with samples that could evolve into a final piece further down the line. To get the most from the mentoring course you will need to carry out practical work in the weeks between sessions, bringing what you have done to the tutorial days. Students working with tapestry, stitch and other textile media are all welcome – you should be at the point where you have the beginnings of a defined practice and some ideas or interest to start from.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Work in progress, tapestry, stitch and other textile media, please bring your own equipment, tools and materials to work with (thread/yarn based or dry media only in the studio). You will work on an 8 x 4 table during the day.
  • Your sketchbooks
  • Information on your own Artist ‘heroes’ (print out/sketchbook)

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor may be able to help you to source and supply additional materials on an ad hoc basis, any items used should be paid to her directly.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

General Information


Rachel Johnston

Rachel studied painting before completing an MA in Fine Art Tapestry at the Royal College of Art. She has explored visual practice with communities around the UK to produce commissioned and public art and was a senior lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Chichester with a specialism in textiles and socially engaged art projects. She has exhibited widely including in the Cordis Prize for Tapestry exhibitions. 

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