Practice and the individual – in textiles with James Hunting

Ref: S4D30022

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About this course

Work together with the tutor to advance, develop and address the thorny reality of practice. You bring the ideas, we investigate and resolve the next steps of your creative practice together. Suitable for practitioners of any discipline keen to explore textiles and stitch within their work.

Course Description

This course, due to its focus on the individual, is open to students of all artsitc disciplines. It requires a questioning approach and an openness to explore techniques and approaches which may seem alien and ‘scary’ but that can change how we work.

Reflective practice and aspects of play underpin the tutor’s practice, and during this workshop we will look at, explore and play with making, sampling, drawing, reflecting and understanding ourselves better as creative practitioners.

However the main focus of the workshop is space for you. Allow yourself the space and time to work in a supportive and creative environment on existing projects. One (or several) of those ‘problem pieces’ we don’t know how to advance or even an idea that needs to see the light of day and not knowing how to proceed.

Your tutor will provide materials to explore and the workshop will include a session where he talks about his relationship with his reflective practice.

You will leave the workshop energised in your own practice and you will have a better understanding of how you work. Written feedback resulting from individual tutorials will help in future developments.

On the first evening you will discuss the option of practice and how to validate ourselves within the work.

On the second evening your tutor will give an illustrated talk on his own practice and the place of reflection within it (optional after dinner)

There will be no teaching in the evenings but your tutor will be working in the studio and you are welcome to join him.

Immersive Art School Week

This course is part of our new ‘Immersive Art School’ group of short courses for summer 2024, led by talented artist-tutors Emily Ball (painting), Jane Sampson and Jane Fox (screen and monopronted rust stained books), James Hunting (textiles), Katie Sollohub (painting) and Tim Johnson (basketry).

There will be tutor talks on the Tuesday evening from 5.15 to 6.15pm in The Old Library as part of the course. Studio visits are encouraged to share work and experiences (out of core teaching hours).


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 fabrics, threads, needles, glue sticks and other items.

What students need to bring

  • Your project ideas to work on
  • Sketchbooks
  • Pencils, fineliner pens
  • Needles, fabrics and threads relevant to own project

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Needles
  • Fabric (limited but good linen and some silks)
  • Art materials - pencils etc
  • Sketchbooks

Additional information

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


James Hunting portrait

James Hunting

My approach to teaching is based on enabling you to gain an understanding and ownership of stitch as a media, which surpasses technical knowledge and encourages an emotional and intelligent application of thread. My first degree at Goldsmiths College established a rigorous and concept based approach to creative work, the 'why' is more important than the 'how' and I continue to explore this in my own work and during workshops I lead.


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

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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.