Debbie Siniska

Debbie Siniska has worked as a textile artist for over 25 years, as a maker, teacher and author. She works using traditional hand tools and recycled textiles. She is also a feltmaker. She was sponsored by the KCC and Brighton and Hove City Council to run her project 'Creativity in Schools'. Debbie teaches in colleges, for the National Trust, and from her own East Sussex workshop.

The Tate Gallery shop commissioned Debbie to create eight Bloomsbury rag rugs to accompany an important Bloomsbury art exhibition in 2000, and Charleston Farmhouse, home of the literary and art group of the 1920's also commissioned a facsimile of an original Bloomsbury rag rug, which can now be seen in Maynard Keynes bedroom in Charleston Farmhouse. Her work was featured in the Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, and her book Rag Rugs Old into New was published to coincide with her appearance on Channel 4 TV with Kirsty Allsopp. She has contributed to many artisan books and magazines. Debbie is a member of the Heritage Crafts Association, The Sussex Arts Collective and the Sussex Guild of makers. She works to commission and sells her textiles in galleries and at shows. www.debbiesiniska.co.uk Instagram #DebbieSiniska

My approach to teaching:
I encourage students to be confident with colour and experimentation, and to trust their own creative eye. I will provide practical demonstrations throughout the course with hand outs and samples of work.

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