Workshop Leaders

Emily Anderson

Emily taught herself calligraphy in 2019, completing several online courses as a way to relax after work. Initially this was brush pen calligraphy rapidly followed by pen and ink calligraphy, which is her favourite, especially when beautiful gold ink is involved! She enjoys creating personalised calligraphy pieces for people in the peace & quiet of her home workshop (along with a good podcast or some music). In her spare time she also works as a vet for a pathology lab. 


She is keen to share the mental health benefits of calligraphy as a way to practice mindfulness. Her aim is to show that calligraphy is not as daunting as you might think and to inspire more people to give it a try. 

Lara Armitage
Lara Armitage

I am a collector. I curate the things that seem to want a second life and try to use them in innovative ways. Origami is one of my passions and I always have paper near to hand. My workshop space hosts overflowing bowls of cranes awaiting flight, files full of maps and old music sheets yearning to be rediscovered and objects in need of new lives. I am also partial to upcycled crafts, using things that would otherwise go to waste. I enjoy teaching children and have spent many years running workshops designed for kids. Having made my start in costume design during my English Literature degree at the University of Edinburgh in the 1990s, I still fly a flag for theatrical/dramatic presentation and look to use things in unique ways.

I am a dreamer… but a very social one! My aim to share the dream.

Cass Barron – Bookbinding with Cass

Cass is a self taught bookbinder who has a particular interest in working with pre-loved and everyday materials. She first delved into bookbinding while studying Fine Art Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art, making her own sketchbooks to record her creative process.​

After a brief stint in Newcastle and at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where she studied a Masters in Art Museum and Gallery Education, Cass moved to Edinburgh to take up the role of Development Officer with Voluntary Arts Scotland, where she worked for 8 years, providing support to voluntary-led creative groups across Scotland.​

In her early Edinburgh days, while volunteering with Remade in Edinburgh, a donation of leather (from an old sofa) re-ignited Cass’s interest in bookbinding and has led to her developing a range of upcycled bookbinding workshops, which she now teaches full time, both independently, under the name ‘Bookbinding with Cass’, and in collaboration with a range of artists and venues across Scotland as well as offering kits and workshops online.


"I get a real buzz out of sharing my passion for bookbinding and inspiring others to see the creative potential of pre-loved materials that might otherwise end up in landfill. It’s great to see people leave each workshop with a unique and usable book, ready to start its creative journey, plus the skills and know-how to make more at home."

Lucy Baxandall – Tidekettle Paper

Lucy Baxandall is a papermaker and book artist based in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, and in London for teaching. She has worked as a financial journalist, jewellery designer/maker, translator and teacher of French, German and art in the UK and the USA.

From 2008 to 2010, she was artist in residence at John Mason School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and remained at JMS as an art teacher until 2011.

After returning to London from Oxford, she taught at the London Centre for Book Arts, and now teaches 2D and 3D papermaking at Morley College and West Dean College. She also runs papermaking and book arts workshops for groups and individuals at her studio in Berwick and around the UK, and occasionally translates for academic publications.

The move north in 2018 has allowed her to open a bricks and mortar shop, Tidekettle Paper, alongside her studio at 16 Bridge Street, Berwick.

Maureen Brand – MB Bespoke Glass

Maureen Brand is passionate about the art of producing and restoring Lead Lights and Copper Foiled items made with Art Glass.     

 

What began as a hobby in a garden shed has now developed into a thriving business in a fully functional workshop and studio where Maureen handcrafts beautiful individual products that will delight their owners for many years.

Maureen is not precious about her craft and frequently shares her knowledge by holding demonstrations and beginners workshops on 'The Tiffany Method' of using copper foil instead of lead to produce her products.

Tom graduated in Graphic Design in 1977 and turned to printmaking in 1984. Choosing lino-cuts as his preferred media. Tom also paints in various other media.


He opened "The Tom Davidson Gallery" at Earlston in the heart of the Scottish Borders in 1995. Tom's work is in private collections all around the world as well as nearer home in the collections of Paintings in Hospitals (Scotland), The Houses of Parliament, Floors Castle and Durham University. 


Tom Davidson's lino-cuts are produced from a single block of linoleum, using a reduction process, printing each colour on top of the previous colour, working from light to dark. 


All of Tom's works are hand drawn, or cut and printed by the artist. Prints are produced in limited editions of between twenty and thirty.

Carys DawesThe Willow Warbler

Carys discovered the art of “willowing” in 2011, when she attended a plant support course at Harestanes. She quickly became addicted and began making useful and beautiful willowy objects using “recipes” from other weavers and also designing her own. However, sitting in a workshop by herself didn’t really suit Carys, which she realised when she started listening to repeats on Radio 4! She started “The Willow Warbler” in 2012, which was partly about making a range of willow objects to sell but mainly about teaching others skills in willow weaving."

She has run many courses in the Lothians and Borders and enjoyed every second, meeting new people and watching them grapple with and grow to love willow. After a bit of a break, she is excited about running some new courses on willow weaving. “I am absolutely sure that you will grow to love willow weaving as much as I do.”

Susie Finlayson – AKA Susie Stitch

Originally self-taught and now studying with the Royal School of Needlework, Susie acquired the name ‘Susie Stitch’ from a group of 3rd year students at Hawick High School who she worked with in 2019/2020.


Susie’s introduction to textiles and needlework came from her grandmother who taught her the basics of knitting and needlepoint at a very young age. Knitting and cross stitch continued to be hobbies throughout Susie’s working life but it was volunteering for the Great Tapestry of Scotland project in 2011 that opened up the world of embroidery and sparked a career change.


Susie is based in the Scottish Borders and is currently the Stitch Co-ordinator for five new panels which will be on display at the Great Tapestry of Scotland Visitor Centre in Galashiels which is due to open in 2021.


Susie runs workshops and gives talks across Scotland and the north of England as well as stitching commission pieces for special occasions.

Lara Greene – Transform Arts CIC

Lara Greene has a dynamic background in art & education. Many years creating public/corporate commissioned sculpture and interactive work for exhibition internationally have built her unique technical skill set. She teaches with enthusiasm, compassion and a sense of fun, sharing her knowledge generously. She inspires and supports every workshop participant along their creative journey. Transform Arts CIC is Lara’s new social enterprise, delivering creative workshops and events. All company profit is used to provide opportunity for children or young people who would otherwise struggle to take part in the arts.

Samira Hill – Eildon Hills Design

My name is Samira Hill, and I have been teaching knitting and crochet professionally to children and adults throughout the Scottish Borders for the last 8 years, as Knitting For All Kelso, Melrose and Jedburgh. As an archaeologist by trade, I like to study the links between archaeology, heritage and knitting, and I have spoken at various events on The Archaeology and History of Scottish Knitting.

Although teaching these crafts has always been my passion, I was always dabbing at designing my own patterns, mainly for teaching, on the side. I am very pleased to have been able to develop this interest of mine further, with the creation of the Eildon Hills Designs label that means so much to me.

It means a lot to me because it symbolises so many aspects that are at the heart of what I do and believe in: it is local, it is where I live and love to spend my time; it reflects the ideas of nature, the outdoors, walking, sightseeing, changing beauty, and being an intricate part of the Scottish Borders landscape.

I believe in feeling grateful and enjoying where you live, but also enjoying the people who are an intrinsic part of your surroundings. As a crafter and designer, this naturally points to the community of very talented independent yarn and textile producers, dyers, crafters, retailers etc…that are in such abundance in the Borders and beyond. My design adventure would not be half as interesting and exciting, if it was not connected to working with and highlighting the beautiful products and collaborations that form part of both the local and wider textile crafts community.

Maria Koeva

Architectural designer by trade, Maria has always been a devoted sketcher. In 2019, she founded Easy Sketching Club, giving art classes and workshops to kids and adults in the Scottish Borders. During COVID-19 she adapted her business, switching to zoom classes and video tutorials.

Maria also runs weekly art challenges on Facebook and Instagram throughout the year.

Eta Ingham-Lawrie was born in Offenbach am Main, Germany. While still at school, she started helping out in the tapestry studio Mohrhardt/Richter in Offenbach, subsequently moving to The Netherlands in 1961, where she worked at the Het Paapje studio in Voorschoten. From 1961-62 she attended the Royal College of Art in London but, as there was no tapestry department at the time, she decided to freelance, designing and making her own wall-hangings initially in London and later in Kings Langley and Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. In 1964, she took a textile research trip to Finland and from 1972-78 was a part-time lecturer in visual arts and later creative textiles at Middlesex Polytechnic. In 1985, Eta relocated to Wales and since 1986 has been giving courses in weaving and natural dyeing nationally and at the Trigonos Centre in Nantlle, North Wales, as well as giving demonstrations to groups and guilds and continuing her freelance work.

Since 1964, Eta has taken part in many group exhibitions, both in the British Isles and overseas and has had over forty solo exhibitions. Her work has gone to private and public buildings and collections in Britiain, Europe and internationally. She now lives and works from her studio in Duns, Berwickshire.

Elsa Ness

Hello, I’m Elsa. I am a French lady who loves Scotland, its landscapes and its people.

I have been working with children for many years but I never tire of witnessing the magic of young minds creating art out of simple materials.

They all have their unique vision and story to tell and my aim is to offer them a space where they can follow their imagination and express themselves through craft.

Joy Parker took her first breath in the Nilgiri Hills of Southern India, a country she returns to for artistic inspiration again and again. Her artistic awakening was at the age of five when she confronted Mahishaura, the buffalo Demon in Mysore. The magnificence and the mystery never left her and set a desire in her to make large and colourful work. However, with a move to Britain and a puritanical upbringing that preferred white walls and humility, she went into career in librarianship. With a move to Scotland and a marriage to the creative writer Robert Leach, who believed in her art, she began to study art formally, gaining an MFA in Fine Art from the University of Cumbria.

She now specialises in mosaic, though she continues to explore other mediums such as printing and painting.  In particular, she loves portraiture in in whichever medium she chooses. She has a WASPS studio in Selkirk.

Lindsay Roberts – The Border Tart

I'm inspired by colour and pattern, passionate about India, her artisans and textiles, and I value most highly all things made by hand. Trading as The Border Tart, I combine these forces in my own dyed yarns and small edition stitching kits. Making by hand brings so many benefits and imbues each piece with love. Encouraging and enabling people to find the joy in simple stitches, giving them the materials and confidence to explore and enjoy the making process, is the great pleasure of running workshops.

Marion Ross

After being introduced to the art of Mosaic in 2015, it was like my imagination had been turned back on after being dormant for years! It changed the way I looked at things like a broken plate or cup! No longer did they go in the bin, they were kept, to live again in a different form! I became a gatherer of things, stones, sea glass, shells, drift wood, rusty nails, you name it! I invested in books, and watched online videos, making small pieces as gifts for friends and family.

Looking online in 2018 I found Rachel Davies, a professional mosaic artist in Dunblane, who had an open house, showing her wonderful art work, mostly incorporating slate. She was also kind enough to share her wealth of knowledge, and with her guidance I made a small piece using slate.

The same year I also spent a week at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, in West Sussex, learning from professional International Mosaic artist, Sonya King. Since then I have become a member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM) and am now helping others to have their own adventure in mosaic.

Magdalena Sobula

Since I remember, there was always yarn in our house. I grew up watching my mum and auntie knitting and crocheting and very early I became an enthusiastic crafter myself.

After moving to Scotland with my family  I ran a small business, Stitching a Rainbow, selling custom made patchwork blankets and small crochet makes. I stopped in 2016, when I decided to turn my love of yarn and fabrics into a career.

I enrolled for BA in Design for Textiles Associate Programme with Glasgow Clyde College and Heriot-Watt University and followed with Master’s Degree, graduating in 2021.

I am a weave designer, self proclaimed alpaca fibre ambassador, knitter, crocheter, spinner and it brings me a great joy to share my passions with others.

Anna Turnbull – Biteabout Arts

After graduating with a BA(Hons) Fine Art at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London in 1988, I returned home to Northumberland to work as a photographic artist and silversmith. In 1994 I trained to teach whilst continuing on my own creative journey.

I started experimenting with the many processes in the making of felt in 2005. I fell in love with its versatility, being able to paint with a varied palette of dyed wools, create something delicate and ephemeral using fine wools and silks, or use more sculptural techniques to form vessels.

In 2008 I was introduced to the many varieties of coloured willows grown locally for basketry and the traditional techniques used to work with them. It excited me and I started using these to create vessels and sculptural forms.

In 2011 I set up Biteabout Arts with the intention of creating unique items for sale and delivering a variety of art and craft workshops. We have been renovating the buildings at our smallholding to provide a working environment and somewhere to deliver workshops.

Christie Wilson – Nutmeg and Cece

Nutmeg and Cece began their creative journey in 2014. "After graduating in knitwear design in 2009, I missed being creative and discovered that I enjoyed various crafts outwith what I had studied at university. I love to learn new skills and have enjoyed learning a lot about fibre art over the last few years. Teaching is also one of my passions and I look forward to seeing you at a workshop in the near future."


contact

Birkhill House

Earlston TD4 6AR

email & phone

lara_armitage@hotmail.com

07779 339 653