Design Development for Textile Art with Annabel Tilley *New 2023


How to generate quick and easy ideas for textiles. Explore how to generate ideas and material for new textile pieces, quickly and easily, using collage and mixed media painting and drawing as a creative tool and inspiration.


Day one is about play and experimentation. Starting with several quick exercises: from creating an instant sketchbook and building a paper monument to exploring the bold colourful designs of Amish quilts – you will create a series of collages and drawings exploring colour, shape and pattern in an abstract form. Through these experimental exercises, you will cultivate themes that will develop further during day two.

Day two is about honing down your ideas and concentrating on a final piece that can be used as inspiration for a future embroidery, tapestry or textile.

Alongside collage you will work with your own choice of paper-based materials like coloured pencils, marker pens, inks, gouache, watercolour, acrylic etc.

Artist Bio:

Annabel Tilley is a painter and sketchbook-maker. Her practice stems from nature, architecture and art history. She has exhibited widely.

Annabel Tilley teaches residential workshops in experimental drawing, collage and sketchbook work at West Dean College, West Sussex, and has co-written: What they didn’t teach you in art school (ILEX/Octopus Books, 2016). She graduated from University of Brighton (Fine Art, 2003), has an MA in Literature and is based in Hastings, East Sussex.

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Additional information


13th and 14th June 2023





masking tape





table easel for optional painting (if you have one)

Some or all of the following:

coloured pencils


marker pens




acrylic paints/inks

A selection of A2, A3 & A4 white paper thick enough for collage, painting and drawing (160, 200, 320gsm), and some graph paper.

Selection of paper collage material like: coloured paper, tissue, magazines etc

Tutor Brings:

Some collage material and pre-cut paper for specific exercises

Coloured sharpie pens

Selection of inspirational art books

Her own sketchbooks

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