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

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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.