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Sue Jury, Scotland: Marking the landscape

While I originally trained as a Registered Nurse and went on to specialise in Midwifery, my heart was always in the creative arts. So I followed this instinct and with the help of a government enterprise scheme, self taught I set up a studio for 12 years with three other potters. I was making Ceramic Jewellery.

Following this, in order to develop my creative side further, I studied The City and Guilds in Creative Embroidery in Edinburgh. This led me to the work I do now.

Inspiration for my work comes mainly from the landscape around me as I walk in it! From anywhere between sea to the tops of the mountains! 

The landscape with its changing seasons thrills me. There are always changing colours, patterns and textures.

In Scotland, we have a variety of weather patterns. It is constantly changing, bringing  different moods and light. A photographer's paradise. I am never without a camera!

Man too, has left his mark on the land, leaving interesting shapes and forms in ancient sites.

I have been fortunate to travel quite a lot in the last few years. This has brought inspiration in so many ways.

Travel is a chance to see different landscapes and different peoples and their art. Art from early civilisation to present day. So much of it is wonderful and inspiring.

Artists themselves in whatever discipline are a constant source of inspiration and  keep me motivated to continue producing  new work. Artists always inspire artists.

I tend to work on my textile art more in the winter, when the days are short. The summer brings light and relief, with long hours of light and I have to escape and be out in it. I am never still!


For beginners to intermediate level.

The course will begin with basic mark-making, focusing on line and tone. Then continue on to mono-printing and other techniques, such as simple batik.

We will be working with a variety of papers and basic discharge fabrics. By manipulating and working into these backgrounds, a range of exciting samples will be created.

These samples will be the basis for an interesting finished piece. 

A limited colour palette will be used to aid us in developing successful compositions. Individuals who need colour(!) may use one simple colour in their work. 

The course is about creativity, fun and play!