Making it work with Fraser Taylor

4 day Summer School

Monday 25th- Thursday 28th July 2022


Course fee £155

After two years of inconceivable challenges this workshop will prioritise the importance of building a supportive community invested in making and discussing ideas. Over four days each participant will develop tactics on how to advance their art practice. You are invited to bring images that you would like to develop. The first day will involve setting up a workspace and sharing thoughts with the group. Fraser will meet with you one on one to form a plan.

On day two and three you will work independently and enjoy discussions and advice from your peer group. Fraser will not be at the Arthouse on day 2 and 3.

The workshop will conclude with a constructive critique with Fraser and the group which will identify strengths and a path on how to maintain a forward-thinking practice.






To book a place on the course with Eventbrite click here. 

Fraser Taylor studied Printed Textiles at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He co-founded The Cloth, a creative studio focused on contemporary textile design and production. Since 1983 he has developed an interdisciplinary art practice and exhibited internationally, and his collaborative works includes projects with visual artists, designers, and contemporary dance. As an educator he has lectured at leading fine art and design institutions, and from 2001 until 2017 was a Visiting Artist and Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship from Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow and co-founded The Textile Collective. He has recently been appointed Guest Curator at the Beacon Arts Center in Greenock.


Pattern, Print, Repeat

Pattern, Print, Repeat- A Lino day workshop

Tutor Syrah Jay

25th June 2022


Course fee- £55 including all materials

So, what is Lino printing?

Lino Printing also known as lino cutting, is a printmaking technique, It’s an effective method for creating multiple prints of an artistic style using linoleum.

Wood is the more traditional block printing surface but lino gained popularity in the early 20th century as a cheaper alternative and has become not only a common surface for professional printmakers, but a great introduction to printmaking for kids.
The recesses carved out leaves the design in relief and it is the raised design that the ink is applied to and then transferred to the paper when pressure is applied by hand or printing press.

For this workshop there will be a textile twist, instead of creating paper prints as an outcome you will be printing onto fabric tote bags & cushion cover creating your very own repeat patterns.

All materials will be provided all you need is some inspiration.

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This is the first in a series of print based one day workshops.








Syrah Jay

I have always been interested in creative arts & crafts since a young age so it was inevitable that I would have a career in making. After graduating from DJCAD in printed textiles. I devoted my time to expanding my skills & experience by volunteering with creative organisations within Perth, Dundee & Angus.

In 2007 I opened Syrah Jay, to create and sell my own textile jewellery, since then I have developed my designs into more alternative materials such as cork, wood, concrete & jesmonite.I love to create something unique and wearable out of unusual materials. I also enjoy creating bespoke items of jewellery for my clients working one to one is an amazing collaborative experience.

In addition to my making, I also teach a range of creative skill workshops. Working with others is an amazing experience I have met so many interesting and creative people, that have greatly influenced my creative works.


Cyanotype – a day of experimentation

Tutor- Kit Martin

Thursday 12th May
Course fee £55 including materials

Following a successful weekend of workshops in 2021, we are delighted to welcome back Kit Martin for another day of cyanotype. This is a full day workshop suitable for beginners and those who have worked with cyanotype before. It will introduce you to the cyanotype process and provide an opportunity to experiment with printing onto paper and fabric. For the more experienced, you will be able to experiment with toning prints (paper or fabric). Bring a couple of cyanotype prints with you if you like.

Although the emphasis for the day is on paper, you will have the chance to coat some fabric too. This will be a day of experimentation: once you have learnt the basics of mixing chemicals and coating things with them, you will be able to work at your own pace. There will be examples and books for ideas. The number of prints you will make will depend in part on the strength of the sun!

It is suitable for painters, photographers, textile designers, teachers and anyone else who might be interested in this fascinating, versatile process. No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided, but you might want to bring some items to make prints with. e.g. plants, feathers, lace or other items that can be squashed under glass (Kit will bring a selection of things for all to use too). Also photographic negatives, printed onto acetate or tracing paper (A5 or smaller) are ideal. An apron is recommended. You will be working outdoors for some of the time.

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Kit Martin

With a degree in Biological Imaging and a background in medical and forensic photography, Kit Martin is interested in where art and science crossover and the beauty and fragility of the natural world. She is currently working with historical photographic processes, primarily cyanotype, argyrotype, lumens, photograms and pinhole, as well as digital photography.

She enjoys working with Museum collections and is currently rootling around in the moth collection in NMS stores for an ongoing photography project. She is a member of Dundee Print Studio where she also teaches. See examples of her lovely work here.