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Welcome to the Urban Studio North, a purpose built studio in the garden of my home in Manchester, UK. The studio is easily accessible, light, spacious and fully equipped for surface design and more. It is my sanctuary and I hope it will be a special place for my students.

Most workshops will be limited to 6 students so that you have lots of room to work and so that I, or my guest tutors, can give you lots of one to one support. You will have your own height adjustable print bench and access to all the dyes, paints and equipment that you need for your workshop. Usually you will only be asked to bring fabric and your enthusiasm! Class times will be 9.30am to 4.30pm unless otherwise stated with the studio being accessible from 9am. There is  street parking in front of my home or nearby. The studio has a bottomless supply of tea, coffee, cold drinks, fruit and biscuits to help the creative process. A simple lunch will be provided for the two day and five day workshops.

The studio will be stocked with a selection of the fabrics, Procion dyes, screen printing inks, auxilliary chemicals, screen printing screens and equipment for students to buy. 

If the workshop you are interested in is full please contact me to be put on a waiting list. I will contact you if a cancellation occurs or if new workshop dates become available.

I also have a couple of workshops that I can bring to your group. Or your group could book a private, tailor made, retreat at Urban Studio North. Click on Information for groups button below or contact me.

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Introduction to Surface Design (Saturdays)

1 day per month for 10 months, £600

This comprehensive course, starting on Saturday 2nd February 2019, is a technique driven, fast paced, introduction to surface design spread over 10 sessions. The workshops are suitable for both beginners and for those who want to add new tools to their creative tool box.

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Introduction to Surface Design (Sundays)

1 day per month for 10 months, £600

This comprehensive course, starting on Sunday 3rd February 2019, is a technique driven, fast paced, introduction to surface design spread over 10 sessions. The workshops are suitable for both beginners and for those who want to add new tools to their creative tool box.

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Breakdown Your Palette

20th to 24th May 2019, £375 SOLD OUT

17th to 21st June 2019, £375 SOLD OUT

1st to 5th July 2019, £375

18th to 22nd May 2020, £375

22nd to 26th June 2020, £375

This 5 day workshop combines an in-depth exploration of breakdown printing and the study of colour to create a palette of beautiful, co-ordinated cloth. We will investigate the use of discharge paste in breakdown and consider how your printed fabrics can be enhanced by other surface design techniques.

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Simply Screen Printing

16th and 17th February 2019 SOLD OUT

27th and 28th April 2019 £150

A two day extensive introduction to free-form screen printing with thickened Procion dyes. This two-day workshop is suitable for absolute beginners and is a great refresher for those who have already started their screen printing adventures.

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Introduction to Surface Design (Saturdays)

1 day per month for 10 months, £600

This comprehensive course, starting on Saturday 14th September 2019, is a technique driven, fast paced, introduction to surface design spread over 10 sessions. The workshops are suitable for both beginners and for those who want to add new tools to their creative tool box.

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Rust Marks with Alice Fox

27th to 29th March 2020, £255

Learn about the potential for using found rusty objects for printing and dyeing on paper and fabric. Using an experimental approach and found metal we will explore methods for transferring marks from rusty metal onto papers and fabrics.

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Print, Stitch, Go!

25th to 29th November 2019, £375

In the first half of this fun packed 5-day workshop you will use a variety of screen printing techniques to create a collection of fabrics in a limited colour family. You’ll also exchange dye fat quarters in coordinating colours. In the second half of the week you will use your fabrics to design and stitch a small wall hanging or quilt top.

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Mark Making and Mono-Printing

23rd and 24th March 2019 £150

A playful two-day introduction to mark making and mono-printing using Procion dyes and acrylic inks. This two-day workshop is suitable for all and focuses on using every-day objects and simple tools to create beautiful cloth.

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Colour Your Palette

1st to 5th April 2019, £375

This 5 day workshop is an in-depth study of adding colour (dyeing) and removing colour (discharge). Working from your own sources of inspiration you will create a co-ordinated collection of beautiful plain and patterned fabrics using Procion dyes and paints. We will also explore indigo and rust-like dyeing as alternative ways of adding colour to cloth.

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Introduction to Surface Design (Sundays)

1 day per month for 10 months, £600

This comprehensive course, starting on Sunday 15th September 2019, is a technique driven, fast paced, introduction to surface design spread over 10 sessions. The workshops are suitable for both beginners and for those who want to add new tools to their creative tool box.

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Creative Surface Design

5 weekends over 8 months, £600

In this design focused course you will work from your own source, or sources, of inspiration and learn how to combine different surface design techniques to create unique, beautiful cloth. The first weekend is 21st and 22nd September 2019.

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Poetry of Decay with Christine Chester

15th to 19th June 2020, £475

This mixed media course will introduce you to some materials and processes that will help you to create rich and textured surfaces based on the inspiration found in your own photographs.

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Print Your Palette

21st to 25th October 2019, £375

This five-day workshop explores a wide range of free-form screen printing techniques and incorporates the study of colour to create a palette of beautiful, co-ordinated cloth.