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TEA ‘N CHAT – Student Sketchbooks + NICKY SIMPSON

TEA ‘N CHAT – Student Sketchbooks + NICKY SIMPSON

STUDENT SKETCHBOOKS – for Art Textiles GCSE
NICKY SIMPSON – Textiles Artist & Trainer

DATE:  THURSDAY 16TH APRIL

START TIME:  7.00pm  

FREE EVENT HELD ON ZOOM
This event is held on Zoom so you need to register to get the zoom details to join us 🙂

REGISTER HERE
*OPEN TO STUDENTS*     GET YOUR STUDENTS TO JOIN US!!  
Mounting and Presenting Students Work

Join us for a session on developing a great sketchbook with Nicky Simpson. Student sketchbooks will demonstrate their creative process, showing initial ideas, links to artists/designers to development of ideas.

How can your students ‘demonstrate the ability to construct a sustained line of reasoning, which is coherent, relevant, substantiated and logically structured’, in their sketchbook.
How can a student present ‘all their knowledge, skills, understanding and activities relevant to their creative journey’.
The sketchbook should demonstrate a ‘substantive, focused project, a progression of ideas rather than a series of disjointed tasks, and work should evidence all the Assessment Objectives holistically as well as cover the chosen areas of study’.

  • What is the best way to mount and present students work?
  • How can students work independently in their sketchbooks
  • Where and how to present annotation
  • How to cover all the assessment objectives
  • How to make connections to artists and designers, primary, mark making and developed work.
Nicky will show examples of good sketchbooks and how to get students inspired and presenting their work in a coherent and expressive way.
Your students are welcome to join the session, so please do get them to register.

This event is held on Zoom so you need to register to get the zoom details to join us 🙂


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:)

This event is held on Zoom so you need to register to get the zoom details to join us 🙂

Tea 'N Chat with Nicky Simpson on student sketchbooks

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.

DONATIONS
Tea ‘N Chat – Research Findings – Future of Textiles Education

Tea ‘N Chat – Research Findings – Future of Textiles Education

TEA ‘N CHAT –  Future of Textiles Education Research Findings
An update on the findings of research undertaken by TSC into the current situation of textiles in the curriculum and future opportunities.

12 MARCH 2024
TIME:  7-8pm 
FREE EVENT

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As you may be aware and even contributed to, the research we have been undertaking to better understand the current position and teaching of textiles education now, from time-tabling to subject content, as well as what you think needs to happen to ensure its place in a future curriculum.

This session is to show the results of the research which was took place through surveys, focus groups and talking with individuals and organisations,  and give you another opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

The research was about obtaining a baseline of what is happening now, and what changes may be needed in the future. Your opinion and reflections are important to help us inform government, awarding organisations, professional associations and teacher trainers.

There are some big questions. If all young people are to get an opportunity to learn about textiles, how should schools plan and implement this? Textiles has been part of Design and Technology since the start of the National Curriculum in the 1990s; should it remain as part of this subject? Should it stand outside of D&T? Would textiles be better served if it sat with Art? 

There are strengths and weaknesses in the different positions and plans that might be adopted by schools.  But what will lead to a strong position for textiles education?

This session is to show the results of the research and give you another opportunity to contribute to the discussion.


RESEARCH LEAD:   ROY BALLAM  BA (Hons), MA, School Education Consultant

Roy Ballam works as a school education consultant, after leaving a leading charity as Managing Director and Head of Education.
He has been involved in numerous teaching and education programme, initiatives and publications, including those in the UK and internationally.
He is an experienced educational leader specialising in education management, training, resource development and research, and policy development and implementation. Throughout his career, he has used ICT to help bring subject-specific learning to life and support teachers through innovative, but pragmatic approaches. Roy originally trained as a food and textiles teacher and has been a GCSE moderator and A-level principal examiner.


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.

DONATION
TEA ‘N CHAT – Fibre To Fabric + ANGELA WALKER

TEA ‘N CHAT – Fibre To Fabric + ANGELA WALKER

A talk with Angela Walker – Textiles Teacher and Weaver

TUESDAY 14TH MAY

START TIME:  7.00pm    

FREE EVENT HELD ON ZOOM
This event is held on Zoom so you need to register to get the zoom details to join us 🙂

REGISTER HERE

  

Join our TEA ’N CHAT with ANGELA WALKER (plus special guest appearance from Rowan the house Angora!)

We often forget or take for granted where our clothes and other items come from and how they are made, the plants or animals that supply us with everyday essentials and what goes into their production.

There is something so natural and relaxing about working with fibre, creating something from start to finish is truly rewarding. In a fast-paced digital global world, it has never been more important to connect with nature, explore sustainable resources and create something ourselves that is authentic. Fibre arts have been used throughout history and in all cultures for various purposes from clothing and warmth to adornment and demonstration of wealth to communicating messages, emotions or meaning such as more recent political forms such as yarn bombing and protest textiles.

Angela will talk about starting with fibre, from collecting it yourself, the processes involved such as carding and spinning (the different types), through to weaving (different looms) and needle felting that can be used in an arts based or fashion context. She will cover how this can be incorporated into the classroom and workshops or extra-curricular activities.

This event is held on Zoom so you need to register to get the zoom details to join us 🙂


 Angela Walker

Angela currently works as a Textiles, Art and D&T Teacher (plus a little French GCSE!) as well as running a few workshops, volunteering and making the occasional fashion clothing request.

Angela has an MA in Fashion and Textiles, though initially started a global corporate career in law and politics, but always took her sewing machine and paints with her.

Wanting to still pursue fashion and textiles, Angela moved into a legal department in a fashion company as a Quality Controller, then a Garment Tech, later moving into FE teaching and interpreting before becoming a teacher in secondary schools in the UK during covid.

Angela is also a member of a local Textiles group and volunteers with organisations such as Mind (running art and textile workshops), local sensory charities and demonstrates weaving techniques at events like Wool at Junction 13. She keeps her own Angora and uses the fibre to card, spin, weave and felt herself.

This event is held on Zoom so you need to register to get the zoom details to join us 🙂


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.

DONATIONS
TasteXtiles – AMERICAN SMOCKING + NICKY SIMPSON

TasteXtiles – AMERICAN SMOCKING + NICKY SIMPSON


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

THURSDAY 22nd FEBRUARY
START TIME:  7.00pm
FREE EVENT     

REGISTER HERE

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.

DONATIONS
Tea ‘N Chat – with Nikki Parmenter (Textile Artist)

Tea ‘N Chat – with Nikki Parmenter (Textile Artist)

Talk & Demo with Nikki Parmenter (Textile/Mixed Media Artist)

Tuesday 30 January 2024 

Start time 7.00pm  

FREE EVENT HELD ON ZOOM
This event is held on Zoom so you need to register to get the zoom details to join us 🙂

REGISTER HERE  


  

Join our TEA ’N CHAT with Textile Artist Nikki Parmenter, who will talk about her work, explaining some of the techniques she uses and also the contextual influences which determine the imagery used in each piece.

PROFILE PIC- NIKKI PARMENTERNikki taught art for 30 years to secondary school children, and having left full time work in 2016,  has been providing talks, demonstrations, summer schools, workshops to schools, groups and societies. She is a member of various art and textile groups.

Nikki exhibits her work widely and has written a number of articles for both magazines and online sites. She is based in Cheshire and specialises in mixed media textile pieces, taking inspiration from a variety of sources and particularly interested in the way societies created a series of visual symbols to represent the things which were important to them. She investigates myths, legends, stories and beliefs. She is also inspired by art, architecture and artefacts.

THE EVENT IS RUN ON ZOOM.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ZOOM LINK:   REGISTER HERE  

Nikki Parmenter textiles art

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.

DONATION

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