Vessel and form – weaving the line with Gizella K Warburton

Ref: S3D33622

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About this course

A tactile and engaging workshop that explores linear and spatial relationships, through observation, mark-making and interpretation.

We will experiment with various processes includi n g mark-making, collage, and woven techniques, moving towards developing three-dimensional form.

Course Description

During this workshop you will be considering the line, through observation, mark-making and interpretation. Using these start points you will explore linear and spatial relationships, and different ways of introducing ‘content’ and detail with fibres and yarns.

With supportive mentoring and shared inspiration, the sessions are designed to encourage you to notice detail, challenge usual approaches, and be aware of your creative responses; developing the confidence to take risks with your ideas and nurture you own creative voice.

This course is suitable for those new to drawing or making, or for experienced artists wanting to revisit or refresh their practice. Observing the line through drawn marks, you will experiment with different interpretive techniques to find you own linear language. This will be extended through material play; manipulating yarns, threads, cloth and paper into woven samples. Becoming aware of the detail and nuance in surface, line and space, you will develop these into vessel forms and see where this leads you.

Highlights and outcomes

• This tactile and engaging workshop will give you time to look outwards, and inwards

• Develop your observational skills and personal language of marks

• Experiment with fibres and cloths to create ‘woven’ interpretations

• Supportive mentoring and shared inspiration

• The opportunity to explore and develop different approaches to drawing

• The confidence to experiment with materials and create start points for future making


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials including some cloths and papers, and yarns, and basic paints and drawing materials.

What students need to bring

  • These are suggestions only, please don’t buy anything especially as some will be available, but bring along anything you already have that you might like to experiment with – in neutral tones
  • Neutral plain and textured cloths and papers, yarns, strings and threads,
  • Different types of cloths –muslins, silks, gauzes, hessians, calicos, etc
  • Different types of papers and cards
  • Drawing and mark-making materials – inks, charcoal, paints, pastels, etc
  • Backing cloth: plain cotton or calico – some will be provided but you may want more
  • Basic stitching tools – needle, scissors – some will be available
  • Camera
  • Sketchbook/notebook
  • Apron/overshirt

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketchbooks
  • Basic sewing kit, needles, pins etc.
  • Some calico and plain cotton fabric

Additional information

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


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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