Workshops and Talks
Listed here are my main workshops. They are designed to be suitable for all levels of experience. If you require something different I am happy to develop something bespoke to suit your needs, whether this is for a one, two or five day workshops/ summer school.
Maria is also available for talks about her creative practice, inspirations and work.
Please contact me at:
Regular workshops are also held at a new collaborative artist community at the ArtistsWorkhouse.
The following are available for 2017, please email me for details or to book a place.
ArtistsWorkhouse One-Day Workshops
The Royal Victoria Works, off Redditch Road, Studley, Warks, B80 7AU
Confirmed Workshops for 2017
'Colour and Dye Effects' at ArtistsWorkhouse
23rd September, £50 per person.
Working with colour and its meaning is an important part of my practice. This workshop explores the psychology and language of colour and its use in self-expression. In addition its offers practical advice on how to use a colour wheel, mix difficult hues and ways to explore your personal colour palette.Then using pigments and dyes have fun with colour making your own pieces on cloth and/or paper.
Other Workshops available
Exploring the Embellisher and Needle-felting Effects
Discover various dry needle-felting techniques with both hand-felting needles and needle-felting machines (Embellisher). Using a variety of wonderful soft fibres explore various marks and make tactile samples with various constructive textile effects. Then make a brooch to your own design to take home.
Dye Effects for Cloth
Explore pigment colour theory, colour wheels and mixing complex colours. Then we will direct dye cloth using Procion MX dyes and create different effects using manutex, resists and discharge paste. Students leave with lots of different samples and have a number of useful techniques they can replicate at home.
Monoprinting Effects for Cloth
Using fast and fun mono-printing techniques create a variety of dry-point effectson cloth using acrylics and textile paints. Create unique prints layering colour, mark and line-drawings and leave with a number of wonderful cloth samples and finished pieces.
Explore colour theory, colour harmony, colour psychology and colour mixing of pigments.
Make your own colour wheel, and explore new colour combinations that can be applied across your life. Be more confident mixing your own colours and pigments and what you are saying with colour. Understand and develop your personal colour palette and explore new colour combinations. Leave with handouts, references, your colour wheel and a personal mood board/colour palette and feeling more confident in your colour choices.
- 'Direct Dyes and Discharge', Newbury Embroiderers Guild
- 'Harmonious Colours', Cotswold Embroiderers Guild
- 'Colour Effects', ArtistsWorkhouse
-'Exploring the Embellisher and Needle Felting Effects', Stow on the Wold and Countryside E.G.
- 'Exploring Needlefelting and 'Mono printing for cloth',
Northern Ireland Embroiderers Guild
- 'Monoprinting Effects for Cloth', Worcester Embroiderers Guild.
- 'Harmonious Colours', Leamington Spa Embroiderers Guild.
- De Montfort University Visiting Lecturer, Talk, demo/workshop, tutorials
- 'Harmonious Colours', North Wales Embroiderers Guild.
- 'Dye Effects for Cloth', Frodsham Quilters Guild
- 'Harmonious Colours', Oxford Embroiderers Guild.
- 'Monoprinting Effects for Cloth', Art Van Go, Knebworth
We were a little tentative at the beginining, but I think that there were some really interesting and creative pieces produced. It was lovely to see the results at the end of the day. I hope that you enjoyed teaching us and got as much out of it as we did. I can't wait to start stitching into mine.
at Banbury and Bicester College and ArtistsWorkhouse
"Thanks for a really usefull day and for sharing your experience.", Margaret
Some comments from 'Harmonious Colours' students
at North Wales E.G.
"My eyes have been opened!", Angela
"Its been a very enjoyable day. Thank you very much", Kay
"Really enjoyed the day, very informative. Thank you", Linda
"Learnt so much", Sue
Some comments from 'Exploring the Embellisher and
Needle-felting Effects' students at Artists Workhouse
"Enjoyed trying different fabrics/ threads, having a variety of materials
to experiment with", Angela
"Most learnt from the techniques which were clearly demonstrated and
use of embellishing machine", Gina
"Enjoyed all of it! Enjoying a new skill was very therapeutic!", Prue
Thank you email post from 'Dye Effects for Cloth' from Frodsham Quilters Guild
Thank you so much for a fabulous day today. You gave us so many ideas to try and also to take away to try later. Everyone was very involved in what they were doing and interested in the differing effects they were obtaining - a great result. Thank you also for being so organised with your dyes in their various forms. Your earlier efforts made the day very easy given the limited facilities we had, we do appreciate it."