Course Tutors

We are delighted to offer the following leading textile artists, many of which are returning once again to Studio Preniac.

Ruth at Art van Go

Renowned for her exuberant use of colour, Ruth Issett is acknowledged as one of the UK's leading textile artists.

She teaches and lectures internationally and is a member of the prestigious Textile Study Group.

The author of 6 books including a Passion for Colour, published September 2013, Ruth has also written for leading embroidery and textile magazines.

She exhibits widely and is available for private commissions.

This will be Ruth's seventh visit to Studio Préniac.

See more of Ruth's work at the Textile Study Group

Louise Baldwin

Louise has exhibited her work throughout Britain, in America, Japan and Germany.

Her recent pieces now incorporate found imagery colour and domestic packaging alongside fabric and simple stitch to produce rich small scale textiles that explore some of the complexities of contemporary life.

She currently lives and works in London, dividing her time between teaching and studio work.

Louise will be returning to Studio Préniac once again in 2016.

See more of Louise's work at the 62 Group of textile Artists

Cas Holmes

Cas is one of the UK's leading textile artists and well known for her use of the found object in mixed media textiles.

Cas works to commission, teaches, curates and exhibits widely.

She has work in both private and public collections, including the Arts Council of Great Britain and The Museum of Art and Design, New York.

Her book, The Found Object in Textile Art, (Batsford/Anova), was published in September 2010.

See more of Cas's work and her blog

Gwen Headley

One of the Uk’s most popular textile artists, Gwen is an embroiderer, teacher and author who exhibits widely.

She is a member of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen and the Textile Study Group.

Her work has focused on transforming discarded and forgotten matter through bundling, binding and stitching.

Most recently her work has been focusing on line, drawing and mark making through stitch.

See more of Gwen's work at the Textile Study Group

Jeanette Appleton

Jeanette is a textile artist exhibiting and lecturing in the UK and abroad, specialising in the felting technique and transformation of materials by hand or industrial processes.

Her work is inspired by research into historical and contemporary issues of the nomad and land.

See more of Jeanette's work on her website.

Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are both renowned international textile artists. Together Jan and Jean have written many books, as well as taught and exhibited in the UK and overseas.

Landscape in all it forms has fascinated Jan for several decades. Fleeting changes of light and subtle nuances continually intrigue and challenge her to create work where elements have been simplified or exaggerated whilst still retaining its' entity.

Jean's works reflect a continuing fascination with pathways and journeys, routines and rhythms and traditional patterns of worn carpets. Her surfaces describe echoes from the past, layers of life and experience and aspects of decay.

See more of Jan and Jean's work at their Double Trouble website.

Jean Draper

Jean is perhaps best known for her hand-stitched work which has been widely exhibited and is in both private and public collections in the UK and abroad.

A former college lecturer in Art and Textiles, Jean loves to teach, her principal aim being to enable students to find their own individual style in stitched textiles.

She is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, the Textile Study Group and is a part national Chairman of the Embroiderers’ Guild.

Her first book, Stitch and Structure, will be published by Batsford in September 2013.

See more of Jan and Jean's work at the Textile Study Group

Sandra Meech

Originally from Ontario Canada, Sandra trained as a graphic artist and designer at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto.

After a career in publishing both in Canada and the UK, Sandra completed a Diploma in Stitched Textiles in Britain, fulfilling an early interest in an artistic approach using fabric and stitch.

Recently moving to Somerset has inspired new work using more black and white mark making and imagery as a starting point for stitch.

Transferring photographs onto cotton, with painted fabric and collage is my favoured technique, but imagery isn't enough.

The use of light and shade with machine quilting and stitch are the 'marks' that bring the surface to life.

See more of Sandra's work on her website

Sue Stone

Sue is a UK based artist/maker who is best known for textural, figurative compositions sensitively worked in both hand and machine stitch and collage.

Sue's work has has recently been featured in the March/April issue of Embroidery.

With its emphasis on hand embroidery often combined with machine stitch and paint, Sue’s work often merges disparate images from the past with those from the present.

See more of Sue's work at the 62 Group website.

She is current chair and exhibiting member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Sue studied Fashion at St Martins School of Art and then Embroidery at Goldsmiths College in London.

Dorothy Tucker

Dorothy currently stitches compositions by hand that continue to be inspired by Kantha work. She uses a mix of non-representational and figurative motifs often referencing the natural world.

Dorothy has travelled to India and it comes as no surprise that much of her influence comes from there.

She is a member of the Textile Study Group and exhibits her work regularly with them and also with PRISM.

See more of Dorothy's work at the Textiles Study Group website.