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 events, past and present, including the forthcoming Ebb and Flow workshops in Grimsby.

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

The Trawler Men 1914-18. An Artist Collaborative Project. Led by 62 Group Artist Heather Belcher.

An Ebb and Flow Exhibition Event. Took place at The Grimsby Minster on Tuesday 30th September 10:30am to 4:30pm and on Tuesday 7th October 2pm to 4:30pm 2014.

1. The Trawler Men 1914-18. Heather Belcher. 2014. Photo Sue Stone

Ebb and Flow. The Trawler Men 1914-18. Photo: Sue Stone

‘The Trawler Men 1914-18’ was a unique opportunity to collaborate with 62 Group exhibiting Artist Heather Belcher. The project commemorated the Trawler men lost at sea during WW1 and the part they played in the war effort. Heather invited participants to collaborate in the making of handmade felt kneeling cushions which explored the history of the traditional patterns of the fishermen’s sweaters and recorded names of Grimsby fishing trawlers which were sunk during World War One. Participants were invited to design and knit samplers which were then collaboratively felted into the kneeling cushions. The final felt kneeling cushions were displayed in The Grimsby Minster for the duration of The 62 Group Ebb & Flow Exhibition 2014.

Participant comments;

“I particularly enjoyed learning the new skill of felting and the opportunity to felt what I had knitted in the first session”

“Heather is a sympathetic and enlightening tutor; all instructions were clear and the historical background well delineated.”

“The collaborative project has inspired me to knit with more unusual threads.”

Heather Belcher is an artist who works with hand made felting processes often combining this with other textile techniques such as knitting and weaving. She has exhibited her work widely both nationally and internationally and was awarded an Arts Council Research and Development Grant to travel to Central Asia to study the traditional felting processes first used by the nomads. She has been an Exhibiting Member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists since 2002.

Design for Embroidery and Stitch. One day masterclass workshop led by 62 Group Honorary Member Diana Springall.

An Ebb and Flow Exhibition Event at The Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby on Thursday 2nd October 10am to 4pm 2014

2. Design For Embroidery and Stitch. Diana Springall 2014. (DS in the centre). Photo Sue Stone

Ebb and Flow. Design for Embroidery and Stitch. Photo: Sue Stone.

Part of the Ebb and Flow Exhibition events this one day masterclass offered participants an exceptional opportunity to work with Textile Artist Diana Springall. This was a painting exercise for textiles in interpretation of subjects observed. Participants developed work in response to local Grimsby features and developed their understanding of interpretation and composition.

Participant comments;

“For me the most useful part of this masterclass was the encouragement to play and experiment”

“Good ideas, well explained and sufficient time to work and to look at others work.”

“Diana is an excellent tutor who was very generous with her time, skills and knowledge.”

Diana Springall is one of Britain’s best-known textile artists. Her work is found in many private and public collections, including the Embroiderers’ Guild and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Diana is one of the 62 Groups’ non-exhibiting Honorary Members.

 

An Ebb and Flow Afternoon with June Hill, Alf Ludlam and Diana Springall.

An Ebb and Flow Exhibition event. Took place on Friday 3rd October 2014. From 1pm at Grimsby Minster moving on to Fishing Heritage Centre

3a. An Ebb and Flow afternoon. Fishing Hertiage Centre, Grimsby 2014. photo Sue Stone

An Ebb and Flow Afternoon. Photo: Sue Stone

An afternoon viewing and discussion about the 62 Groups’ Ebb and Flow exhibition served with afternoon tea and cake at the end of the tour. June Hill led the discussion and tour of the Ebb & Flow exhibition across both hosting exhibition venues; The Grimsby Minster and The Fishing Heritage Centre. Alf Ludlam and Diana Springall also contributed to the discussions. Throughout the afternoon the audience were able to talk, discuss and share thoughts about the 62 Group exhibitions Ebb and Flow in situ with June, Alf and Diana.

Participant comments;

“I most enjoyed the opportunity to hear the experts critique the individual exhibits and to have an open dialogue.”

“The tour and discussion encourage me to look at the different works from every angle; my ‘take’ is always too narrow.”

“An enjoyable, informative, inspirational and thought-provoking afternoon. More please!”

June Hill is a freelance curator and writer. She contributes regularly to magazines and exhibition catalogues, including Embroidery and Selvedge and has curated a series of exhibitions for Ruthin Craft Centre. Alf Ludlam taught Painting and Drawing at Grimsby Art School for 25 + years and has volunteered at Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby since 1991. Diana Springall is one of Britain’s best-known textile artists. Her work is found in many private and public collections, including the Embroiderers’ Guild and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Both June and Diana are two of the 62 Groups’ non-exhibiting Honorary Members.

Blueprints from the archives. One day workshop led by 62 Group Artist Hannah Lamb.

An Ebb and Flow Exhibition Event at The Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby on Monday 13th October 10am to 4pm 2014.

4a. BLue Prints from the Archives. Hannah Lamb 2014. Photo Sue Stone

Ebb and Flow. Blueprints from the archives. Photo: Sue Stone

The workshop introduced the process of cyanotype blueprinting to make original art prints on paper and textiles. Participants learnt the full process of making cyanotypes from safely mixing chemicals through to creating sample prints. Participants created striking sample prints on paper, silk and cotton with personal and found objects. Participants each took away with them a collection of small prints, and the understanding of how to continue and develop these collections for future projects or as finished art prints.

There was also the opportunity to take a closer look at the 62 Groups’ Handling Collection during this workshop.

Participant comments;

“Had a fantastic day, learning how to work with cyanotype, something I’ve been interested in for ages. It was great.”

“The workshop was extremely well organised, expertly explained and demonstrated. Pace exactly right.”

“I have been inspired to use the techniques with my felt art. I am going to try nuno felting the silk cyanotype samples.”

Hannah Lamb is an artist, maker and lecturer based in West Yorkshire. She has a studio in Saltaire where she works part-time and teaches small workshops. Her creative practice encompasses textiles, photography and installation. Sources of inspiration include walking, nature and landscape, and she is keen to explore personal and community responses to local environments. Hannah has been an Exhibiting Member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists since 2013.

Super Stencil Screen-printing. A one day masterclass led by 62 Group Artist Rachael Howard.

An Ebb and Flow Exhibition event. Took place at The Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby on Friday 24th October 10am to 4pm 2014.

5. Super stencil screen printing. Rachael Howard (on the right) 2014. Photo Sue Stone

Ebb and Flow. Super Stencil Screen-printing. Photo: Sue Stone

This masterclass introduced Rachael Howards’ technique of stencil screen printing and painting with a squeegee. Participants took part in a series of fear free drawing exercises, and created paper stencils and energetic and expressive prints. Participants experienced the joy of stencil screen- printing with an intuitive and expressive approach.

Participant comments;

“I found the drawing freeing up exercises most useful. Lots of ideas for mixing colours on screen and layering.”

“This workshop has inspired me to draw more and have more confidence with this. It has also made me think about things not having to be perfect.”

“Good fun. Clear explanation of processes, led into work expertly. Good feedback. A fantastic day.”

RCA trained textile artist and designer Rachael Howard is one of our foremost narrative textile artists. She has pioneered a lively mix of embroidery and screen-printing techniques, using graphic figurative images, text and object to tell – often autobiographical – stories of the every day. Rachael has been an exhibiting member of the 62 Group since 1996.

Sleigh Belles Transformations.  A one day workshop led by 62 Group Artist Lucy Brown.

The Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby on Friday 24th October 10am to 4pm 2014.

6. Sleigh Belles Transformations. Lucy Brown 2014.   Franklin College student's work. Photo Sue Stone

Sleigh Belles. Transformations. Franklin College Student’s work. Lucy Brown 2014. Photo: Sue Stone

The 62 Group was invited by the Fishing Heritage Centre to lead a workshop session for their ‘Sleigh Belles’ Exhibition, which ran alongside the 62 Groups’ Exhibition ‘Ebb and Flow’. ‘Transformations’ was specifically for Art Students from the local 6th Form College;  Franklin. The day was about developing a response to the Sleigh Belles exhibition through transforming unwanted clothing into wearable or non-wearable pieces of art work. The workshop encouraged experimentation with materials and low tech, hands on textile and weaving techniques which inform ways of working, ideas and concepts.

The workshop helped start a working partnership between the Art Department at Franklin College and North East Lincolnshire Councils Arts Development Unit.

“A really inspirational day for Franklin College students at the Heritage Centre. Our textiles teacher said it was amazing and that the students really got a lot from the day.  What a brilliant opportunity!”

Feedback from George Lamb; Head of Art at Franklin College 2014

Lucy Brown makes one-off works which use a mixed palette of reclaimed clothing, textile related materials and objects. Works take form of woven sculptural installations, site specific interventions and individual pieces for exhibitions, commissions and projects. Lucy has been an exhibiting member of the 62 Group since 2002.

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.
Download full event details below or visit:

Ebb and Flow 2014-Education Events
https://www.facebook.com/ebbandflow.62groupexhibition

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