Paper Samplers and Experimental Bookbinding with Accommodation

With Jennifer Collier

Saturday, May 02nd, 2020 — Sunday , May 03rd , 2020

This two day course will show a range of experimental techniques using found and recycled materials. The skills learnt over each day will feed into one another, allowing you to create a range of samplers and books to use in your ongoing practice.


You are opting for accommodation with this course, where you will receive your own en-suite bedroom and be provided with breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout your stay with us.

Optional Mentoring Sessions

1:1 mentoring sessions will be available with Jennifer on the second 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

Can’t make this course but would like to learn from Jennifer? She’s also offering a Paper Garments workshop with us later in the year




You will be using sewing machines in day one of this workshop (day two they will be available if participants wish to use them, but not essential)

Day one: Experimental Samplers using paper and stitch.

9am – 5pm

This workshop will combine Jennifer’s trademark experimental techniques with traditional embroidery techniques. In the morning you will create surfaces, by waxing, trapping, layering and embedding into plastics, papers and fabrics, and then in the afternoon you will learn a wide range of hand and machine techniques to embellish these to make beautiful experimental samplers. These techniques will include covered bindings, button loops, covered buttons, covered button holes, paper pockets, patchworking, backstitch, cross stitch, Picot stitch and needlace stitch to name a few

Day two: Experimental Bookbinding 

9am – 5pm

You will be shown Jennifer’s trademark experimental techniques, such as waxing, stitching and trapping recycled papers to create sketchbook pages. These will then be made into a traditionally bound 3 section A5 soft backed sketchbook. In this workshop you will be encouraged to create exciting surfaces and bring in techniques learnt in the previous days workshop.


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?

All abilities

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.

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.

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