A brief biography


Gillian is an award

winning textile artist

based in a small village

in the North of England. She loves teaching and passing on her skills, ideas and enthusiasm to students of all ages. She travels extensively for pleasure and teaching, and makes regular trips to India. Most of the textiles she makes are inspired by her travels. She takes lots of photographs and later uses them to design and develop into quilts.

Gillian's work is colourful and contemporary. She specialises in paint, print, felt and machine stitch; and always uses natural fabrics. Over the last 20 years Gillian has taught virtually every embroidery, patchwork, quilting and appliqué technique and has also taught at City and Guilds level.

Gillian has been participating in the Quilters Guild Contemporary Quilt Group Journal Quilt Challenges since 2007 and is a member of several International Quilt Groups. In 2009 she received a 1st Prize at the Festival of Quilts for her Felt Flowers in the Quit Creations category and this year was awarded a 2nd Prize for her Scandinavian Jumper quilt. Gillian has exhibited the world over from Canada to France.

Remember to bring your camera, ipad, tablet, phone or laptop with you and don't forget all those essential passwords. If you wish to come prepared it may be useful for you to download some of my favorite apps


Trace Table (99p) or Light box trace (free) Sketch Guru (free)

Don't worry if you don't manage to do this before you arrive, we will help you.


During this week’s course we are going to learn all about making art quilts based on the theme of fish. Gillian will demonstrate and teach lots of different ways to help you become a more confident and creative textile artist.


Day 1

Arrive today. Meet and greet supper with wine to get your creative juices flowing! Gillian will display some sample quilts that are inspired by her visits to Portuguese fish markets and those inspired by visits to markets in Guatemala. We will discuss what makes a successful quilt, what sort of images we may need to look out for when we visit the markets later in the week.


Day 2

On the first morning we will familiarise ourselves with the materials we will be using during the week by making a small sample using one of Gillian's patterns. She will demonstrate how the pattern was made using a black / white image, tracing paper etc. Rest assured - you do not need to feel you are an artist - trust me! Gillian will have several patterns for you to  choose from. We will transfer these images to fabric and start stitching, later coloring using paint, crayons and other mixed media. We will mix paint colours, use different paint brushes, and use this sample as an opportunity to experiment. Later in the day we will add appliqué using transfer adhesive, discussing the benefits of all the different types and methods available to us.


Day 3

Today we will take a trip out to photograph the fish market and a local harbour, where we will take lots of photos. Later these can be transferred to a computer or iPad.


Day 4

On our return to the studio we will make our images larger so that you can make a wall hanging. I hope you will all be able to make a quilt that is A2 sized or even larger. This should take us at least a couple of days to stitch, colour and finish the edges.


Day 5

Continuing working on our masterpieces!


Day 6

Time to look for more inspiration with a view to making a smaller more detailed piece of work. We will look for fabrics in the shop at Cowslip Workshops and visit the local workshop and gallery of Jo Downs. In the afternoon we will be working back in the studio.


Day 7

Today we will make our smaller fish panel incorporating more detailed stitching and applique and discuss finishing off, binding etc.


Day 8

Today we will say our goodbyes and 'tie up any loose ends'. Most flights are later in the afternoon so the studio will be open for you to use all morning followed by lunch before you leave. If you have driven down you are free to leave anytime before 2pm.

Something Fishy! with Gillian Travis


March 15th - March 22nd 2018 - FULL





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