Education

A large proportion of members are involved in education, including further, higher and continuing education sectors. Many members, both past and present, have written seminal books on the subject of textiles. For details of what individual members can offer please see our News or check the Artist’s Gallery and browse under availability for Workshops or Talks and Lectures or Region.

In conjunction with their exhibitions, the 62 Group offer a programme of talks and workshops to museums and galleries; please see below for information on the 62 Group’s Handling Collection as well as an overview of recent events.

62 Group’s Handling Collection
The 62 Group of Textile Artists’ Handling Collection was launched in The Group’s 50th Anniversary year of 2012. The Handling Collection consists of a mixture of 2-D and 3-D samples kindly donated by 62 Group exhibiting members. The Collection is a valuable education resource and archive which engages and connects the Groups past, current, future members and audiences.

“Handling Collections actively engage learners, whether children or adults, with objects and help to impart sense of awe and curiosity about the pieces, their materials and how they are made”
Crafts Council Collection leaflet: 40th Anniversary 2011

As part of the launch of the 62 Group’s Handling Collection, 62 Group artist Rachael Howard ran a half-day workshop in the Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University alongside the 62 Group’s big ’62@50′ exhibition. Rachael’s very appropriately titled ‘Feel it Sketch it’ workshop was specifically structured to use the Handling Collection as a resource for the session.

Please contact us if you would more information about The 62 Group’s Handling Collection.

62 Group's Handling Collection being used in Feel it Sketch it workshop led by Rachael Howard

62 Group’s Handling Collection being used in Feel it Sketch it workshop led by Rachael Howard

Ebb and Flow: Events 30th September – 24th October 2014
Grimsby Minster and Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby

We 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.
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Ebb and Flow 2014-Education Events
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Small Talk: 4th June – 25th July 2013
Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths University of London

62 Group, Goldsmiths & beyond. Photo: Lucy Brown

62 Group, Goldsmiths & beyond. Photo: Lucy Brown

For ‘Small Talk’ exhibition the Group were able to offer some lunchtime talk sessions. The following conversations took place.

62 Group, Goldsmiths and beyond; led by Heather Belcher & Lucy Brown
Tuesday 4th June 2013; 1-2pm

62 Group Artists Heather Belcher and Lucy Brown were in conversation, introducing the 62 Group, outlining its aims, history and its connections through textiles at Goldsmiths and beyond. As Goldsmith Textile Alumni, and 62 Group exhibiting and committee members, Heather and Lucy will reflect on their past and present individual practices and future projects of the 62 Group. There was the opportunity to ask questions and join in discussion while having a chance to handle samples from the 62 Group’s Handling Collection.

The Witchcraft Series (Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead) by Anne Jackson,
62 Group artist
Tuesday 11th June 2013; 1-2pm

Anne Jackson discussed her current work titled The Witchcraft Series, explores witch persecution in European history, the idea of “the witch” and witchcraft in contemporary culture. Anne sees this subject as a rich metaphorical territory, with its resonances of fear of the unknown, the feminine, and the “other”. Anne discussed these themes further in context with her personal practice.

50 year Anniversary Symposium: ‘In Discussion with the 62 Group of Textile Artists’. Curated and organised by 62 Group Artists Helen Weston and Rachel Gornall

Focus Group at the 50 Year Anniversary Symposium 2012. Photo: Ann Goddard

Focus Group at the 50 Year Anniversary Symposium 2012.
Photo: Ann Goddard

Knit & Stitch Show 2012, Harrogate; Saturday 24th November 2012
1.30pm – 4.30pm

In the 50th anniversary year of this unique group, members of the 62 Group of textile artists, invited artists and curatorial professionals to reflect on their individual and collective practices. The symposium offered the unusual opportunity to meet, share and discuss with a large number of the groups’ artists and importantly, group members were able to meet and interact with their viewers. The aim – to reflect on the development of the group, establish a productive dialogue where members could share their views on textiles, its place in contemporary art practice and the perception of it within popular culture. These topics were explored in six focus groups throughout the afternoon. Focus Group invited chairs included Audrey Walker MBE, June Hill and Professor Lesley Millar MBE.

Helen Weston is a long standing member of the 62 Group, a committee member for many years, and is the group’s archive officer. Helen continues to make unique sculptural objects combining various textile techniques with metals.

Rachel Gornall has been a member of the 62 Group since 2008. Rachel’s work is an exploration of colour and pattern, exploiting the repetition of hand-cut forms to create delicate and intricate works.

Feel it Sketch it workshop – Launch of the 62 Group’s Handling Collection. Led by 62 Group artist Rachael Howard

Feel it Sketch it. Holden Gallery. Photo: Rachael Howard

Feel it Sketch it. Holden Gallery. Photo: Rachael Howard

Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University; Friday 20th July 2012
10.30am – 1pm

This was a fun approach to sketching and mark-making using the 62 Group’s handling collection and 62@50 exhibition as subject matter. Participants had the opportunity to feel and look closely at the variety of textile samples and make drawings in response to the subjects. They were led through a series of basic sketching exercises, making marks using the simple media of chunky graphite sticks, pencils and marker pens onto paper and responding to the variety of textures, patterns and shapes from the collection. Work made included a long communal sketch plus many individual sketches. Group discussion and feedback was encouraged throughout the workshop.
Participant comments…
“The workshop was very stress free, and the fact that it was free, the materials were provided and the duration was just right, made it very inviting”
“This was most useful for allowing me to free up my drawing in a friendly and non-critical environment”
“Very enjoyable. Very professional. Can’t speak highly enough. Many of us already ‘do stuff’ and it seemed to work for us all. Beginners would have been equally able to participate”

Artist Rachael Howard is a long-standing member of the 62 Group and is one of the foremost narrative textile artists.

‘Interventions’ exhibition tour. Looking at work in more detail. Led by 62 Group exhibiting artists Rachael Howard and Claire Johnson

Interventions Exhibition tour. Platt Hall Gallery of Costume. Photo: Rachael Howard

Interventions Exhibition tour. Platt Hall Gallery of Costume
Photo: Rachael Howard

Platt Hall Gallery of Costume, Manchester
Saturday 12th May 2012; 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Rachael and Claire gave an exhibition tour of ‘Interventions’ and discussed the works by 62 Group members in more detail. There was the opportunity for informal discussion, questions and answers around ideas, materials and making and an opportunity to gain an insight to how the 62 group operates as a collective.

Rachael Howard is a long-standing member of the 62 Group and is one of the foremost narrative textile artists. Claire Johnson is also long-standing artist whose work has an element of humour and demonstrates an interest in pattern and construction.

Covered Buttons Workshop. Led by 62 Group artist Rachael Howard

Covered Buttons. Platt Hall Gallery of Costume. Photo: Rachael Howard

Covered Buttons. Platt Hall Gallery of Costume. Photo: Rachael Howard

Platt Hall Gallery of Costume, Manchester
Saturday 28th April 2012; 11am – 4pm

Using Platt Hall museum’s button collections as inspiration, participants made preliminary sketches on paper and then drew images on to silk fabric, coloured with appliquéd fabrics and hand-stitching with various threads, beads and sequins. Participants made at least two large covered buttons.
Participant comments…
“The whole workshop was well-balanced especially starting with exercises to loosen us up…”
“The button workshop was very interesting and inspirational and relevant for my work. I have learnt how to create my own pattern”
“Fantastic techniques that I’d not tried before and a really good tutor”

Rachael Howard is a long-standing member of the 62 Group and is one of the foremost narrative textile artists.

Simple printing methods for fabrics workshop
Led by 62 Group artist Elizabeth Couzins Scott

Simple printing methods for Fabrics. Platt Hall Gallery of Costume. Photo: Elizabeth Couzins Scott

Simple printing methods for Fabrics. Platt Hall Gallery of Costume
Photo: Elizabeth Couzins Scott

Platt Hall Gallery of Costume, Manchester
Wednesday 29th February 2012; 1.30pm – 3.30pm

The practical workshop was inspired by the numerous patterns and motifs in the Platt Hall collection that derive from the natural world. The course developed simple printing techniques onto a variety of fabrics that could then be manipulated and layered to produce a collection of samples. Chosen samples were then further enhanced by hand-stitching. The emphasis on this workshop was using uncomplicated equipment and processes in a supportive environment which allowed participants to create interesting surfaces and marks using the simple but effective methods. Samples were then used for practical applications or decorative purposes.
Participant comments…
“The session was interesting and stimulating – it made me think”
“I enjoyed learning something new”
“Didn’t think I liked doing mono-print, I have now changed my mind. Using fabrics was great”

Elizabeth Couzins Scott is an experienced tutor and textile artist. She has worked extensively in the public sector within Sixth Form and FE colleges as well as through inspirational private workshops and master classes within museums and galleries. Her work can be seen in private, public and corporate collections in the UK, Japan and the USA

A Weekend Surface Textile Master Class
Led by 62 Group Artist Elizabeth Couzins Scott

Surface Textile Master Class. Oldham Gallery. Photo: Elizabeth Couzins Scott

Surface Textile Master Class. Oldham Gallery
Photo: Elizabeth Couzins Scott

Oldham Gallery
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2011; 10am – 4pm (both days)

This master class began with initial design work to generate ideas. Participants manipulated paper surfaces and found materials by folding, tearing etc. to enable them to consider edges, layering and combining disparate materials together. From these samples, areas were selected and translated into textile responses based on a word list. Mark-making techniques using simple mono-print and block-printing were developed onto manmade fabrics. Other methods of distressing, bonding and stitching surfaces were introduced. Participants worked on a series of paper designs and fabric experiments building up new and individual processes.
Participant comments…
“This master class has inspired me in a new direction in my own creative development”
“This master class was wonderfully paced – loads of ideas & techniques, lots of chance to practice and experiment”
“Elizabeth is clearly an experienced tutor and was hugely generous with her ideas and resources”

Elizabeth Couzins Scott is an experienced tutor and textile artist. She has worked extensively in the public sector within Sixth Form and FE colleges as well as through inspirational private workshops and master classes within museums and galleries. Her work can be seen in private, public and corporate collections in the UK, Japan and the USA

Bending the Line: 11th July – 6th September 2009
The Hub National Centre for Craft & Design

Bending the Line – Felt & Colour. Photo: Heather Belcher

Bending the Line – Felt & Colour. Photo: Heather Belcher

For the ‘Bending the Line’ exhibition the 62 Group’s education events included the following two workshops:
Felt & Colour led by 62 Group artist Heather Belcher
Sunday 12th July 2009 10am – 4pm

A day with an expert felt maker to explore colour, texture and pattern
Stitching with Non-Traditional Materials led by 62 Group artist Clyde Olliver
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July 2009 10am – 4pm

Two days to experiment with unusual media

Size Matters: 27th September – 23rd November 2008
Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case

Size Matters. In Conversation with the 62 Group - article by Jo Hall for Embroidery Magazine; March/April 2009, pgs. 45-46

Size Matters. In Conversation with the 62 Group – article by Jo Hall for Embroidery Magazine; March/April 2009, pgs. 45-46

One of the events for the ‘Size Matters’ exhibition included a one-day seminar, ‘In conversation with 62 Group Textile Artists’
Tuesday 18th November 2008 10am – 4pm

The day focused on professional development and networking for artists, makers and designers. It was led by four 62 Group artists – Heather Belcher, Lucy Brown, Emily Jo Gibbs and Jae Maries, and involved presentations, discussions, seminars and feedback on individual work by those who attended on the day.

Jo Hall, editor of Embroidery attended and wrote about the day in Embroidery Magazine:
“The aim of the day was for participants to spend time discussing their work and to think through strategies for moving on within their practice… What’s clear is that even if you’ve committed yourself to higher education, there is no sure route to making a living as a maker or artist but events like this are well worth seeking out. It’s real worth however lay in the opportunity for textile artists to get feedback on their practice from an established maker”.
Jo Hall – editor, Embroidery Magazine; March/April 2009, pgs. 45–46