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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 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. 

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Breakdown Your Palette

20th to 24th May 2019, £375 SOLD OUT

17th to 21st June 2019, £375 1 PLACE LEFT

This 5 day retreat 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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Introduction to Surface Design (Sundays)

1 day per month for 10 months, £600 1 PLACE LEFT

This comprehensive course, starting on Sunday 9th September, 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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Simply Screen Printing

15th and 16th September 2018 £150 2 PLACES LEFT

16th and 17th February 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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Dyeing to Begin

 

13th and 14th October 2018 £150

A two day colourful introduction to dyeing beautiful cloth in your own kitchen without mess and without special equipment. This two-day workshop is designed for absolute beginners but is a great stash builder for those who have dyed cloth in the past.

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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 (Saturdays)

1 day per month for 10 months, £600 1 PLACE LEFT

This comprehensive course 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. The first session is on Sunday 2nd September but the rest are on Saturdays

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Hand Made Books with Ruth Brown

20th and 21st October 2018 £150

A two day introduction to making books, for textile artists, with the emphasis on a quality finish. The chosen book structures lend themselves particularly well to the use of hand-dyed/printed fabrics and beautiful papers.

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Mark Making and Mono-Printing

17th and 18th November 2018 £150

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 retreat 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 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.