Mixed media art textiles – marks from the land with Alice Fox

Art textiles

Ref: SSS11639

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About this course

Explore the potential of found and gathered materials from the West Dean Gardens. Use these in a range of techniques for making marks on paper and cloth to record personal experiences of landscape.

Course Description

Discover a range of different techniques to record the landscape surrounding the College, aiming to open your eyes to what is around you and to find the potential in the ordinary. The first evening will include an introduction to the course, samples and examples of relevant work by the tutor. As part of each working day short walks in the grounds will allow you to record the landscape in a variety of ways and gather materials to use back in the studio.

Working with paper, cloth, found materials and hand stitch, each day will have a different focus as you build up personal records of your experience of place. Techniques covered will include mark-making, monoprinting, botanical contact printing, natural dyes and ink-making. Each technique will be introduced with time available to explore further and develop individual personal projects, working towards more resolved pieces by the end of the course.

Summer School highlights:

The Summer School week is an immersive learning experience with more time to develop your creativity and embrace opportunities for creative development beyond your chosen course. A detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A short creative experience session in another discipline/media or course

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (if pre-booked)

• An optional lunchtime tour of West Dean Gardens, the historic rooms at West Dean College, or West Dean Tapestry Studio

• A celebration dinner on the last evening, with a surrealist theme inspired by Salvador Dalí, who was one of West Dean founder, Edward James’ friends and collaborators. (Feel free to respond to the theme if you wish.)

• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios

As evening events are planned as part of the Summer School week, dinner is included in the course fee to enable all students, including non-residents, to participate fully. A detailed timetable will be given to all students on arrival.

(Please note that plans may be subject to change depending on GOV.UK guidance at the time.)


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials


  • The College will supply some materials including paper of different weights, basic drawing materials.

What students need to bring

  • Basic hand sewing kit: needles, pins, scissors
  • A small cardboard box (such as match box, food packaging etc.)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Additional papers, drawing materials
  • Cutting mat, metal ruler and craft knife
  • Sewing needles, pins and a limited range of threads
  • Available from tutor:
  • Some threads, monoprinting ink, drawing materials and some fabric, expect to reimburse the tutor for around £20 for these.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Alice Fox

Alice studied Textiles in Bradford and has practiced as a full time artist since 2011, regularly teaching workshops and exhibiting widely. She is a member of the Textiles Study Group and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Alice's book Natural Processes in Textile Art was published by Batsford in 2015.
My approach to teaching is very much based on sharing my own experience and encouraging students to find ways of using techniques appropriately in their own work.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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