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A FREE online mini workshop with NICKY SIMPSON – Textiles Artist & Trainer

START TIME:  7.00pm


We are excited to be launching a new free online event which will happen every month (or more often!). These sessions are free for anyone to join us.

The first event will be a mini creative workshop with NICKY SIMPSON who will show you how to do AMERICAN SMOCKING.  A fun and meditative technique that uses just a needle & thread (and of course some fabric) to create exciting 3D fabric structures, that can be used for clothing or homewares!

You are welcome to join in the workshop and details of what you will need to get ready will be sent to you, along with the zoom details, when you register.

Nicky Simpson textilesNICKY SIMPSON

NICKY SIMPSON is a contemporary textiles artist with 12 years teaching experience, heading up Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School in Kent. She has taught Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, AQA Design and Technology/Textiles at A Level and GCSE and BTEC Level 3 Fashion. Her last set of grades were: A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% A*-B). 

She had a previous 22-year career as a print designer in the heart of London. For the past 8 years Nicky has been a course and workshop developer and leader for Textile and Art teachers on behalf of the Textile Skills Centre.

This event is held on Zoom so you need to register to get the zoom details and list of equipment needed to join in:)

The Textiles Skills Centre Associates are a team of volunteers that manage the social media platforms and website, and offer support, mentorship and advice to textile teachers and trainees. We organise free resource networking events each month (Tea ‘N Chat) and are always on hand to help and encourage when needed.
We are always looking for new Associate members, so if you would like to join this small team then do contact us at: info@textileskillscentre.com

At the moment all costs are met by our team and time is given freely. If you are able to support us with a donation, however small, this will help to enhance the work we are doing.

You can donate using the DONATION button below which will take you to the Paypal donations page, or select an amount when you book the event. All donations gratefully received.

St. George’s Arts Week

St. George’s Arts Week

Our very own Nicky Simpson, who volunteers for St Georges Hospital London Charity Arts team, held 2 days of ‘Botanical Bunting Making’ workshops in the gardens and courtyards of the hospital for the wellbeing of both staff and patients.

Photo credit: @benedictjohnsonphoto

Art textiles Workshop at St Georges Hospital

Taking part in St Georges first Arts week, Nicky was part of the visual arts inspiration within the hospital community. The theme for the workshop was nature and the wellbeing benefits of spending time outdoors.






The workshop was set up in the courtyards among the plants and a quiet setting, where both staff and patients can meet and relax. The workshop involved heat pressing foliage and leaves sourced from the hospital grounds.

Once the community members had created their artwork it was then sewn together to create a huge trail of decorative bunting.

“It’s been great to learn how to do bunting from an enthusiastic teacher Like Nicky. Gave me lots of creative ideas to go forward. Thank you!” Participant feedback






The final bunting was displayed in the wellbeing charity garden from tree to tree, among the plants and flora for all to enjoy.

‘The joining of the bunting reflected the co-dependent make-up of the hospital community.’
Grace Lindley, Arts coordinator at St Georges:






“Nicky led a fantastic drop-in workshop for our staff, visitors and patients. Responding thoughtfully to our brief, she calmly guided our community through the activity, pitching at just the right level. Staff and patients enjoyed taking time out from the challenges of their time in the healthcare setting to focus on this creative and satisfying task and took pride in seeing their finished bunting outcome on display in the charity wellbeing garden.  Thank you, Nicky!” Grace Lindley, Arts Coordinator


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