Thursday 11th October

Textured book covers: Class at Fremington School with Sue Gilmartin

Originally from London, Sue now lives in vintage rural simplicity off-grid amid the glorious South Lakeland Fells, Cumbria. ‘Meeting’ her first rag rug in 1986 changed the course of her life and bought pleasure, friendship and world travel . . . surely a magic carpet!
Since the early 1990s Sue has been sharing her skills with a wide range of groups around the north of England. She has been an adult education tutor at her local arts centre; worked with many schools; delivered workshops for the National Trust; leads Art for Memory Loss sessions; exhibits her work; and is a founder member of the Lunesdale Rug Makers.
Convinced that creativity is vital for well-being and happiness she volunteers with Space2Create, a tiny Kendal-based charity that offers creative opportunities to people affected by physical and mental health problems. Sue feels that doing anything creative ALWAYS makes you feel better!

The workshop, subtitled Ever-so-Arty Books for Rugmakers, will allow you to create a personalised notepad/memory book/junk journal commemorating your TIGHR trip to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Students will experiment with simple and accessible bookbinding methods (three-hole pamphlet stitching, Origami foldouts, tag books etc) and will use a range of art techniques to decorate the pages: mono print, watercolour resist, fabric transfer, collage, letter printing and more. Rummage through Sue’s store of treasures, using beads, buttons, jewels and ephemera to embellish your unique piece.

Sue will provide a vast resource of interesting and good quality papers, threads, all art materials, tools and equipment. You will provide the creative input and, hopefully, take home a one-off work of art. The kit and materials cost £7.

Photo of vintage book at head of page from