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Making Paper Garments

With Jennifer Collier

July 4 @ 00:00 - July 6 @ 23:59

A practical three day course showing a range of experimental techniques using found and recycled materials with Jennifer Collier. The skills learnt over each day will feed into one another, allowing you to create a range of samplers and garments to use in your ongoing practice.

Day one: Paper Patchwork, Pockets and Pleats.

A sampler’s workshop with a difference, as all the traditional embroidery techniques will all be created using paper. Showing a range of patchwork, pockets and pleating techniques incorporating a range of beautiful vintage papers. Do bring your own special papers to personalise.

Day two: Paper Garment Making Workshop.

Using skills learnt in day one we will go onto making small paper garments, such as bibs, gloves, shirts and small dresses, using a range of traditional hand and machine stitch techniques, including Paper Patchwork, Pleating, Paper Pockets, Button Loops, Covered Buttons and Covered Bindings which be used on the found and recycled papers.

Day three: Self Directed

An additional day with Jennifer on hand to further develop your skills from the first two days. This self-directed day allows you to make quite large scale, ambitions and resolved garments as final outcomes and can be discussed with Jennifer and the group during the previous 2 days. If you have a specific garment in mind to make do bring a pattern, or an actual item to make a pattern from, or a photo to work from


We can provide accommodation with this course in one of our on site bedrooms. All rooms are en-suite with linen, towels and bathroom products provided. A continental breakfast is also included along with lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout your stay with us.


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Paper Garments with Jennifer Collier 4-6 July 2020
£ 250.00
12 available
Paper Garments with Jennifer Collier 4-6 July 2020 WITH ACCOMMODATION
£ 490.00
8 available


About Jennifer

Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms. Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and complex.

Most recently Jennifer has been collecting rarely used, heritage stitches and discovering how to translate the art of lost stitches onto paper, as these techniques are an important part of our creative heritage and she wants to continue to invest time in them to keep them in the present, offering them onto future generations. Jennifer is giving new life to things that would otherwise go unused, unloved or be thrown away…

Jennifer completed a BA (hons) in Textiles (Print, Knit and Weave) in 1999 at Manchester Metropolitan University, is internationally exhibited, and has had her work featured in over 60 magazines and over 15 books to date.

Optional Mentoring Sessions

1:1 mentoring sessions will be available with Jennifer on the third day. These are designed to offer you some time to look at your current working practice and getting advice on how this might be able to develop with the skills you have, or where you might need to be looking to take yourself further.

Please contact us if you would like to book a 1:1 session with Jennifer. More information on these sessions can be found here


Do I need to bring anything?

Sewing machines will be provided. Please bring your own special papers, books, maps and ephemera, also magazine images, plastic carrier bags, haberdashery, photos, stamps, tag, petal/leaves, scrap fabrics and anything else that will personalise the work that you will make.

Who is this course suitable for?

Experience of using a sewing machine is necessary for this course

Is this course catered?

Yes! We provide refreshments throughout the day and a home-cooked lunch which is freshly prepared in our Granary kitchen. Lunch is served around our communal dining table, offering you a great chance to get to know everyone on the course and share in the making processes you have been developing throughout the day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements before arrival.

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