|Dyeing silk in the studio - one of the Friday activities|
I realise that I keep hinting at, but haven't properly explained, what I am doing with my teaching practice. Well, this is mega exciting. After years of waiting for people to contact me to come and deliver talks and workshops to their groups (which I am still offering by the way), I decided it was time to be in control and take some action. When I had my current studio built four years ago I always intended to teach from it. However, the intervening four years have been incredibly busy, first with my work at the Festival of Quilts, then with the PomPom Festival, then teaching C&G for the Loch Lomond Studio. Unfortunately the Loch Lomond people are no longer able to continue with their teaching studio and Ruth gave me a bit of a kick and said you need to set up on your own and keep teaching C&G.
|Prints drying in the studio - one of the Friday classes|
There is never going to be the perfect time to do something like this, and the last three months certainly were not perfect, but Ruth and Isabel from the Loch Lomond Studio had kindly offered me the stand they had at last weekend's Stitching Show at the SECC. This gave me a goal to aim for, which was useful as I love working under pressure!
So at the Show I launched Gillian Cooper Studio. From April, I will be offering beginners patchwork and quilting classes on a Thursday morning and Fridays will be fun days concentrating on one technique each Friday, generally messy! C&G Patchwork and Quilting starts in June, over seven weekends and one summer school each year for two years. I am able to offer both the certificate and the diploma levels. As the classes will be in my studio, the groups will be small - limited to seven people. I've been really pleased with the uptake already, particularly in the C&G classes. I'm so looking forward to teaching adults from home as having learned as an adult myself, I understand where the students are coming from. It's also a great way for me to keep up-to-date with my own skills and what is current in the textile world as I need to stay informed for the students (what a great excuse!).
If you're interested, there's more on my website here and I'm sure I will be sharing photos from the classes soon!
|Hand stitching English paper piecing|