Essex Guild of Silk Painters
Essex Guild of Silk Painters

Workshop and Tutor Details: Saturday 13th

Below are details of each workshop and the tutor or tutors who will be delivering it.

PLEASE NOTE prices in brackets are for non GoSP members (the general public).


Tutor biography:

Anethia Sellars













Tutor biography:

Melinda Berkovitz









Tutor biography:

Sue Pearl






























Tutor biography:

Patrick Moriarty











Tutor biography:

Mary Day















Tutor biography:

Sue O'Hea






Tutor biography:

Denise Leadley






Tutor biography:





Tutor biography:

Stephen Gibbs




Fish Seascapes: with Anethia Sellars


Saturday 13th all day; code AS1

£60 (£75 non-members) plus £20 materials


In this workshop we will create a fantasy underwater world using a combination of silk paints, gutta and metallic fabric paints. This will be attached to a back board, a mount added and finished with a selection of pre-fired glass fish. A white Ikea 50cm frame can be supplied for an extra fee if required by prior arrangement.


Anethia has produced beautiful art over many years using a variety of mediums, teaching ceramic decoration, silk painting and fused glass techniques. Throughout this journey it has always been the thrill of the vibrant colours and the variety of ways with which designs can be produced that has inspired her work. She now works exclusively with silk painting and fused glass and whilst both can produce equally inspiring art, she developed the technique of combining the two mediums to produce an original range of classic seascapes, incorporating wave designs, seascape panels and jewellery.

Imagine the Sea: with Melinda Berkovitz

SOLD OUT (members tickets)

Saturday 13th all day; code MB1

£60 (£75 non-members) plus £10 materials*


A one-day practical textile workshop exploring painted surfaces and textured effects. This will include iron-fix silk painting and various other “textile – art” materials to produce interesting and colourful surfaces. An element of print, surface decoration and hand stitching will be included.

Our aim will be to capture the essence of our design source – a response to the sea imagery rather than an exact replication. Participants will be asked to bring photographs or images (ideally their own) to start the design process and a small selection of sea related “found” items. Suitable for all levels.

*A wooden frame can be provided for an extra £5 fee


Melinda has been teaching and working as a textile artist for over 25 years. She is a founder member and past Chairman of EAST – (East Anglian Stitch Textiles) as well as a member of several other textile based organisations and Guilds.

Melinda regularly lectures and provides study days for specialist groups, in the UK and abroad. Her knowledge and experience of the subject guarantees an interesting and dynamic course for everyone.


Eco Print dyeing: with Sue Pearl


Saturday 13th all day; code SP1 

£80 (£95 non-members) plus £15 materials


Eco print dyeing is a fascinating way of printing onto fabric. Using flowers and leaves from gardens and countryside, this is a direct contact printing method that allows the flora and foliage to give up their colours and patterns. It is amazing the effects and results that the most mundane of plants can give. This is not vegetable dyeing but an art of the surprising and delightful effects that can be achieved just by wrapping plants in cloth and steaming the bundle.

The fabric that is used is either a fine Habotai silk or a very fine Merino weave. The colours are fast and a gentle hand wash is all that is needed to keep the scarf looking beautiful. Each scarf is unique in its colour and pattern.



Sue has been a felt maker since 1996 working in schools around the country as well as running adult workshops, working with special needs and team bonding programmes. Her work includes wall art,  felt scarves, hats, bags, slippers, interior accessories and sculptured felt creatures. Sue has worked internationally running workshops in New York at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, giving presentations and workshops at Felt Symposiums in Israel, workshops and talks in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia and workshops in Japan. She has also taught feltmaking to Algonquin Indians in Canada as part of a micro-economic enterprise. Sue is a tutor for the WI at Denman College and also at Ardington School of Crafts, Oxford Summer School and Missenden Abbey.

Sue has developed a technique for printing leaves and flowers onto fabric. She calls it eco-print dyeing and owes much to the wonderful work of India Flint, the original Botanical Alchemist.


Designing Printed Textiles (½ day): with Patrick Moriarty (Paisley Power)


Saturday 13th morning only; code PM1

£35 (£50 non-members) & bring a USB drive and images/art to scan


Transform your painted silk with the help of a scanner, hand drawn motifs and/or hand cut shapes into an eye-catching textile print using Photoshop software. Create repeat patterns by hand and learn how to create them digitally for printing. At the end you will have digital design files to take away and can order a sample printed fabric in your pattern, which will be posted out to you later, through Patrick’s partnership with Spoonflower.

This workshop is for general to advanced silk painters (although you can use you own other art. Doodles or flat scannable paintings), you will need to bring art to scan or scanned images and it requires a reasonable level of computer literacy. Patrick will assist you to use Photoshop successfully during the workshop, but it will obviously help if you have used some design or graphics software before. We will be using the college’s computer suite and software; but if you have Photoshop on your own machine, please feel free to bring it!


He graduated from Central Saint Martin’s School of Fashion and Textiles in 2001 in Textile Design after a career as a successful musician. His areas of study were print, weave and knit,.and since then he has designed prints for several European design studios that have sold his designs to major retailers worldwide. Designing prints nearly every day for the last 16 years he has become extremely experienced at creating seamless repeats. He has also taught many students to perfect the technique and teaches evening workshops at Metal Art School in Southend.


Silk Cowl Infinity Scarf (½ day): with Mary Day



Saturday 13th afternoon only; code MDa1

£30 (£45 non-members) plus £18 materials


The softness of fine silk knit tricot lends itself beautifully to being hand -painted.  In this workshop you will learn how to combine your own range of colour blends to paint a generously sized silk knit cowl.  The finished silk can be worn in many ways such as a snug neck wrap or snood to keep you cosy in winter or as a stylish infinity scarf which can be tied to a specific length as well as being decorated with a jewellery pendant when you want to have a more dressed up look.  You can be sure it will be colour all the way to your bespoke silk artwork. 


Mary trained in embroidery and design at Loughborough College of Art and Design and in adult teaching at Nottingham University. Afterwards she specialised in silk painting with embroidery, and has taught in local education authority classes, in residential colleges and, since 1985, in her own studio in Chipping Campden.

As well as having work featured on BBC television and being been filmed on Granada Sky satellite TV, The Discovery Channel, and Ideal World TV, Mary was appointed guest professor for silk painting projects for the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Research Institute whilst living in China (1988 to 1990) and wrote the syllabus for the City and Guilds Creative Skills Certificate for Silk Painting.


Microwave Magic (Beginners ½ day); with Sue O’Hea


Saturday 13th morning only; code SOH1

£30 (£45 non-members) plus £5 materials


Experiment with colourful steam fix dyes in this half-day workshop for beginners and experienced silk painters alike. Sue will take you through some basic techniques for applying and blending dyes on a pre-sewn silk scarf, using microwave steaming to fix the colours. No painting or drawing skill is needed- just your old clothes for some messy fun! At the end you will have a finished scarf to take home; there will be the option to buy further scarves or silk yardage to work on during the workshop.



She is one of the founders of the Essex group, and a textile artist based in the Loughton/Buckhurst area of West Essex. She is very active running workshops and selling scarves, silk jewellery, covered books, bags and all sorts at Guild events and stalls. She offers group lessons and -occasionally- commissions.


Iron-Fix Basics (Beginners ½ day); with Denise Leadley


Saturday 13th afternoon only; code DL1

£30 (£45 non-members) plus £5 materials


In this workshop for beginners you will be using iron-fix silk paints to experiment with colour on a pre-drawn chart, colour a pre-printed outline image, and finally try doodling your own pattern with gutta outliner. No previous general or silk-related painting or drawing skill or experience is required! At the end of the workshop you will have your own greetings card/mini piece of art to take home.


Denise is trained in fashion, graduated from South Essex College (our Festival venue) in Fashion and is based in the Southend area of eastern Essex. She offers a number of regular or custom group lessons suitable for children as well as adults and sells her work with the Guild at events or direct.


Screen printing (½ day Sat morning);    with Samantha Andrews (SEC)


Saturday 13th July morning only; 

£30 (£45 non-members) plus <£10 materials, code SEC1

(photo credit- Margaret Dunning)


Try out screen printing onto cotton or silk or paper to make simple paterns and images.


Whilst some of the day-long workshop may contain an element of screen printing, this workshop is dedicated to exploring it from the basics and trying out different ideas on cloth and/or paper. Bring your own silk.


The tutor is a lecturer at South Essex College for evening and weekend classes. 


Cyanotype Printing   (½ day Sat afternoon); with Stephen Gibbs (SEC)


Saturday 13th July afternoon only; 

£30 (£45 non-members) plus <£10 materials, code SG1


The students will be coating paper and fabrics in the Darkroom in preparation for Cyanotype Printing. We will be using a UV light and natural daylight to expose different papers/fabrics.  The students will be creating their own overlays using hand drawn images on acetate or photocopies of their own work if they bring these with them. The maximum size of exposure will be between A5 to A4 although students can produce work under A5.

We will be drying the exposed work for the students to take home with them.


Stephen is a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art. He started exhibiting artwork in 1978 and has continued ever since. His art has been shown in London exhibitions and in his local art gallery, the Beecroft in Southend.


He has two paintings in the Beecroft’s permanent collection. The paintings are visible through the Public Catalogue Foundation’s website in conjunction with the BBC here.


Stephen says “I create art in watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, etching and linocut, pencil, chalk and pastel drawing and sculpture.” He also teaches at South Essex College.

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