The Message is in the Medium- Summer School

Claire Heminsley

Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th July


4 day course fee £195

Message [mesij] n indirect communication from one person to another; errand; inspired teaching, revelation; moral or social teaching.

Medium (pl media, mediums) [meedi-um] n material in which an artist works; substance within which objects exist or through which a force is transmitted.


The success of the workshop ‘The Message is in the Medium’ held in March has prompted Claire to expand it into a 4 day summer school. The extra 2 days will give even more time to develop ideas and experiment with textile techniques.

The course will explore the possibilities of incorporating a message within a textile piece. We will develop ideas, which convey a message through the use of imagery, layers, shape, the written word and textile techniques e.g. hand and machine stitch, mono and low tech screen print.

We will examine how a variety of media and techniques can be used to communicate a message and lead you to new starting points for your textile work.

You will work individually, but with strong support from Claire and will have a chance to discuss and share ideas with the rest of the group. There will be machine stitch and other technical demonstrations throughout the week. Some materials will be supplied, a list of ‘things and thoughts to bring’ will be sent after booking.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

For further information or to book a place on the summer school please contact Claire here

Claire’s websites…..








Claire Heminsley studied textiles at The Glasgow School of Art.

She set up INCAHOOTS over 30 years ago and expanded her work to include illustration. During this time she has worked on a wide range of commissions, exhibitions and projects. Claire works with a broad range of media and consequently has a diverse output, from detailed scraperboard prints to more experimental sculptural and mixed media pieces for exhibition. Her most recent solo exhibition ‘Objects of Celebration’ embodies all aspects of her practice.

Alongside this she has taught design, textiles and illustration in further and higher education and for workshops throughout Scotland. Her design practice feeds into her teaching and vice versa providing a perfect combination.



The new season of Platform Sessions kicks off with poets Jon Plunkett & Judith Taylor with music from The New Ordnance Survey Players.  Entry is £5 on the door. To book a place please email [email protected] All welcome.

Born among the granite and drumlins of Ireland, JON PLUNKETT now lives and writes in Scotland. He is a widely published slam winner and collaborator, often working with musicians and artists to present poetry in new ways. Jon is founder of The Corbenic Poetry Path and in 2018 he took the reins of ‘Poetry Scotland’. His collection ‘A Melody of Sorts’ was published with Red Squirrel Press earlier this year.

JUDITH TAYLOR comes from Perthshire and now lives and works in Aberdeen. She is the author of two pamphlet collections – ‘Earthlight’ (Koo Press, 2006) and ‘Local Colour’ (Calder Wood Press, 2010). Her first full-length collection,’Not in Nightingale Country’, was published in 2017 by Red Squirrel Press. She is one of the Poetry Editors of ‘Pushing Out the Boat’ magazine.

A creative side-project of Rebecca Sharp (clarsach, writer, Platform organiser) and Emil Thompson (guitar & vocals, from The Yonderlees), THE NEW ORDNANCE SURVEY PLAYERS promise musical wanderings about place and time.

The session will also include a wildcard open mic spot for a single short poem – so bring along one of your best and put your name in the hat for the wildcard draw.


CREATIVE CARTOGRAPHIES: Mapping imaginative landscapes

CREATIVE CARTOGRAPHIES: Mapping imaginative landscapes

Rebecca Sharp

Creative/Writing course

Sat 23 + Sun 24 Feb 2019

Two day course fee- £85 

In this (very) creative writing course, you will develop innovative techniques for creating detailed imaginative worlds with originality and depth. We’ll explore elements in all forms of writing – poetry, prose, performance and creative non-fiction – with a particular focus on map-making. Beginners and seasoned writers and artists will be supported; all that’s required is an interest in the subject matter and a willingness to experiment. Drawing from a wide range of reference points – literature, philosophy, cultural theory, visual art, music/sound, even scent…

Rebecca’s own work includes devising and realising complex interdisciplinary projects. Using words and a range of accessible visual techniques, she will guide you in developing multi-layered creative works – the use of sound and performance elements are also possible and can be discussed.

Days 1 + 2:  Introduction and reference points – a talk by Rebecca Sharp.
Developing ideas and techniques towards a finished work; or work that can be taken further.
Creative exercises will include walking, writing, mapping, basic drawing/mark-making, one-to-one time, project planning, editing, and some sharing.

For further information or any questions please contact us here

To book a place on the course click on this eventbrite link


After booking a place, the course schedule and details of what to bring will be provided.

If you have any questions about what’s involved, please contact: Rebecca Sharp [email protected]








                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “…a wonderful weekend with Rebecca Sharp exploring our creative voices in stimulating new ways… Highly recommended.” (Plotting, Scheming and Dreaming participant – Off the Rails, Sept 2018)


“I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and find it hard to believe.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“I wisely started with a map, and made the story fit…” JRR Tolkien

Plotting, Scheming and Dreaming: Making Worlds with Words

A two-day creative writing course with Rebecca Sharp.

All levels welcome.

10am-4.30pm both days

Course fee £80

In this (very) creative writing course, you will develop innovative techniques for creating detailed imaginative worlds with originality and depth. We’ll explore elements in all forms of writing – poetry, prose, performance and creative non-fiction. You might intend to focus on one, or else try something new – all styles will be catered for. Rebecca’s own work includes devising and realising complex interdisciplinary projects: she will support you with an idea you may already be working on, or else guide you in starting something new. Activities will include creative exercises (not just writing!), one-to-one time, walking, mapping, project planning, editing, and some sharing.

To book your place on the workshop contact us here 

If you have any questions about what’s involved, please contact: [email protected]

The course schedule and details of what to bring will be provided after booking.

Rebecca Sharp is a writer and artist, originally from Glasgow and now based in Fife. Her work spans theatre / performance, poetry and prose; including a wide range of interdisciplinary, site-specific and collaborative projects, working with other artists across multiple art forms.

Her plays include – Last Child (Arches theatre, Glasgow 2001 and HERE Arts Center, NYC 2002); Danger: Hollow Sidewalk (Arches theatre, 2006); The Wakeful Chamber (Lemon Tree, Aberdeen and Oran Mor, Glasgow 2015 – A Play, A Pie and A Pint + Sound Festival co-commission, score by Pippa Murphy); and The Air That Carries The Weight (Traverse theatre, Edinburgh 2016 – Stellar Quines theatre company, design by John Byrne).

Other work for performance includes: For the Bees (2014), with Mr McFall’s Chamber and composer Ailie Robertson; The Unmaking of Mary Somerville (2014), with Stellar Quines Theatre company and Scottish National Portrait Gallery; and Rules of the Moon (2013) with sound artist Philip Jeck.

Poetry includes: The Ballad of Juniper Davy and Sonny Lumiere (2010), publication and performance of poems and original score, with fine artist Elizabeth Willow and METAL Liverpool; Fathoming: setting poetry to silk (2011), poems and silk objects with textile artist Eva Fulinova; Unmapped (2013), exhibition and publication of poems and paintings with artist Anna King (RGI Kelly Gallery and StAnza Poetry Festival); and Five Charms for the Potingair (2017), poems and essential oil scent-blends.

Prose work includes Little Forks, publication supported by Creative Scotland and Gaelic Books Council, which toured as a performed reading in English and Gaelic 2012-14; and Found Tarot (2017), site-specific story-making with Verdant Works Museum, Dundee.

Current projects include Poetry Apothecary, an ongoing series of limited editions and participatory workshops exploring creative writing and natural perfumery; and The Beginners with sound artist Simon Whetham, exploring layers of habitation and landscape in north Fife.


Production shot from the play The Air That Carries The Weight by Rebecca Sharp.  Performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in March 2016.  Directed by Muriel Romanes, set by John Byrne, lighting and costume design by Jeanine Byrne, sound by Pippa Murphy.  Photo by Marc Marnie.