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The 62 Group is delighted to announce the following workshops for our 2016 Summer Exhibition Making Space at Macclesfield Silk Museum. Early booking and payment is essential as workshop places are limited.



My Life in Silk led by 62 Group Artist Paddy Killer


One day workshop
Saturday 16th July 2016
10am to 4pm
Silk Museum, Macclesfield
Suitable for Adults with some experience in textiles preferred but not essential.
Ticket fee £45 per person (all fabrics and art materials supplied)

Limited places, advance booking and payment essential. Use the paypal button below to pay:
Paddy Killer has been using silk as her main medium since the late 80s, incorporating it with other textiles and non-textile materials such as glass, and wood. In this textile workshop Paddy will explain what has informed her work, and the processes and materials Paddy has used and developed. Participants will experiment with these processes, which include drawing, painting, bonding, and machine embroidery. Participants will have the opportunity to use the museum collections as source material to inform their experimental samples. Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of research and experimentation and will take away with them a starting point for further personal development.



Space (in your mind) for a new plan led by 62 Group Artist Tilleke Schwarz

Two day workshop
Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September 2016
10am to 4pm each day
Silk Museum Macclesfield
Suitable for Adults at all levels
Ticket fee £70 per person
Limited places, advance booking and payment essential.

SOLD OUT : Please email the following address if you would like to be put on the waiting list chair@62group.co.uk

In this workshop participants will enjoy the adventure of designing while working, resulting in inspiration for a new work. The focus is on design, allowing participants to design a new work in their own style and telling their own story. The workshop will start with some exercises in mixed media and collage on paper. These fast techniques on paper allow participants to experiment and to try out new ideas. Demonstrations will include Tillekes’ favourite embroidery techniques. The workshop will have an emphasis on hand embroidery, but it is perfectly all right to incorporate any other (textile) technique, or use the sewing machine. The workshop will be illustrated with small lectures.  Special attention to the importance of SPACE in your work, space as part of your composition and space at the start which allows you to add ideas while working.  Hand stitching is fun but very time consuming, so please do not expect to finish a new work in these two days. The aim is to leave the workshop with plenty of new ideas and make a start with a new work on cloth.


For more information on these workshops please visit our education page.

Making Space


Our next exhibition will be Making Space at the Silk Museum in Macclesfield. The exhibition runs from 17 June 2016 to 3 September 2016. The theme ‘Space’ ties in with the overall theme of Biennial Barnaby Arts Festival which runs from 17 to 26 June 2016. 62 Group members have been invited to interpret the theme in its widest sense so you can expect a diverse response resulting in a varied and inspiring exhibition.

The Silk Museum on Park Lane, Macclesfield follows the full journey through the industrial process of silk making; explore silk from the cocoon to the loom. With plenty of hands-on exhibits for children and adults alike. The Museum houses our permanent exhibition which explores the properties of silk, design education, Macclesfield’s diverse textile industries, workers lives, Macclesfield Silk during the war and historic machinery – as well as hosting temporary exhibitions.

New Member Applications


DEADLINE – 1st June 2016

For more information see:


All work must be sent to the following address:

New Members’ Secretary

Helen Banzhaf,

31 Lampmead Road,

London SE12 8QJ

Upcoming exhibition


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“The 62 Group of Textile Artists last exhibited at Upfront in Cumbria as part of the ‘Red’ exhibition tour in 2002. The Group are excited to be making a return visit to the gallery in 2015 with ‘62 Group • Now’ an eclectic collection of our member’s current work”
Sue Stone – Chair 62 Group of Textile Artists
Upfront Gallery is located near Penrith, Cumbria in a rural setting in beautifully converted 17th century farm buildings. Opened in 1997 by John and Elaine Parkinson , the gallery presents a changing program of exhibitions throughout the year. A vegetarian restaurant and coffee shop provide onsite refreshments.
Exhibition dates: 17th March 2015 – 10th May 2015
Upfront Gallery
Nr Hutton-in-the-Forest
CA11 9TG
Opening times:  Tuesday – Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
Tel: 017684 84538

‘Power of Ten’; Select Spring Festival 2015


Several 62 Group members are taking part in ‘Power of Ten’, at Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4AF
2nd-26th May 2015
e-mail: info@select.org for details

The Witchcraft Series: Certaine Wytches, Chelmsford, Essex 1566

Anne Jackson – The Witchcraft Series: Certaine Wytches, Chelmsford, Essex 1566. Knotted tapestry; 195 x 156cm; cotton, linen, synthetic yarns.

Ebb and Flow – Education Events


The 62 Group are delighted at being able to offer a series of events for our Autumn Exhibition Ebb & Flow in Grimsby. Booking is essential for The Ebb and Flow Afternoon and for all workshops, as places are limited.
To book call Fishing Heritage Centre (01472) 323345.
Download full details below or visit:

Ebb and Flow 2014-Education Events
Ebb and Flow 2014-Opening Times


Summer School Courses at the City Lit


The following Summer School courses in textiles, accessories and basketry are being taught by 62 Group members at the City Lit, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BA
tel: 020 7492 2600; Visual Arts: 020 7492 2700
email: visualarts@citylit.ac.uk

VX121 Structural textiles: using heat setting techniques
Explore the creative potential of crumpling, crushing, pole wrapping, stitching, colouring, tying in and using origami moulds to shape fabrics using heat processes. Create innovative fabric structures for fashion, accessories, interiors or sculptural textiles.
4 Tuesdays 10/06/14 – 01/07/14 10.30-16.30. Tutor: Caroline Bartlett

VX190 Flowers: embellished and embroidered textile miniatures
Draw, design and make small colourful stitched textiles inspired by flowers. Learn how to use the embellisher machine with fabrics and hand stitching to produce miniature artworks or accessories.
4 Tue; 08/07/14 – 29/07/14, 18.00-21.00. Tutor: Louise Baldwin

VX196 Creative fabric screen printing: print a cushion panel
Enjoy the fun of drawing, painting with a squeegee, mixing pigment dyes and using stencil screen-printing techniques to create a fabric cushion panel.
Sat/Sun 26/07/14 – 27/07/14, 10.30-16.30. Tutor: Rachael Howard

VX168 Printing with dyes: polychromatic fabric printing
Experiment with polychromatic print onto fabric and paper, exploring the creative potential of Procion dyes, silk screen printing and water colour effects. Develop personal designs, textile samples through mark making, hand painting, resists, stencils and layering.
Sat/ Sun 02/08/14 – 03/08/14, 10.30-16.30. Tutor: Dawn Dupree

VX152 Textiles: heat transfer processes on fabric
Experiment with a range of heat transfer processes including flock printing and foiling, photo transfer and sublimation using a heat press. Create a selection of fabric samples and surfaces for fashion, interiors or textile art.
Sat/Sun 09/08/14 – 10/08/14, 10.30-16.30. Tutor: Dawn Dupree
www.citylit.ac.uk/ textiles

VX160 Accessories: embellished buttons
Create a set of unique and beautiful covered buttons using a variety of textile techniques including Bondaweb applique, carbon paper printing, fabric crayons and hand stitching.
Fri 25/07/14, 10.30-16.30, Tutor: Rachael Howard

Ebb and Flow


Preparations are being made for our next exhibition ‘Ebb & Flow’ in Grimsby, N E Lincolnshire, UK.
The exhibition will be shown concurrently over 2 venues: Grimsby Minster and the Fishing Heritage Centre. 
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‘British Textile Art Exhibition 62@50’


Koyo Gallery, Showa Women’s University, 1-7 Taishido Setagaya Ku, Tokyo,
Japan, 154-8533
Opens on 10th December 2013.

Connections with Japan go back to 1984/5 when the group staged a touring exhibition which visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. 1984 was also the year that Atsuko Yamamoto joined the group and we would like to thank her for all her hard work in Japan this year ensuring that plans for the current exhibition would come to fruition. Atsuko will be helping to oversee the installation of the exhibition along with Jae Maries, Penny Burnfield and Jan Miller who are travelling out from the UK.

In 1992 the group celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a second exhibition in Japan, this time at the Hankyu Gallery.

Our second Japanese member Shizuko Kimura joined the group in 1998. Shizuko sadly died last year and this year’s exhibition is dedicated to her. Some of Shizuko’s beautiful and sensitive work has been kindly loaned by her family and will be shown as part of the exhibition. 

The exhibition runs from 10 December 2013 to 25 January 2014
Opening hours are 12 noon to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Closed 23 December 2013 to 13 January 2014

Koyo Gallery poster

‘In the Pink’


Pink Wood, Bruton, BA10 0QN

Come and visit Pink Wood near Bruton in Somerset and discover the 62 Group of Textile Artists taking up the challenge of working in this beautiful woodland environment.

Our work is normally exhibited in galleries but this year we have been invited to create innovative installations out of doors.

It is an adventure for us, so do come and meet the artists working on site and take a pleasant walk along the grassy paths, discovering art work amongst the trees.
Guided tours: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September between 12.00 and 15.00.

Follow A359 from Bruton.
First right, signposted North / South Brewham.
Follow this road a few miles.
BEFORE railway bridge, turn left onto Pinkwood Lane until gateway into Pink Wood on left.

Contact Details:
Sian Martin
01278 652089 / 07901 685799