Working from your own photographs and using layers and pieces of silk organza you will work to build a delicate collage. Once your collage is built and using your photographs as a reference point, Emily will guide you through the process of hand stitching the details. Careful consideration and instruction will be given to the eyes, nose and mouth, with an emphasis on less is more. Using colour selection, direction and density of stitches you will be able to add depth and character to your portraits. Emily Jo Gibbs is a British artist who over the last two decades has established an international reputation for her delicate textiles. In her current practice Emily creates hand-stitched portraits and still life with a graphic quality, observing the quiet beauty of the overlooked. Gently advocating The Value of Making by creating work that celebrates the skill, dexterity and the creative problem solving of people who make things. Emily has received significant critical acclaim and examples of her work are in The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Crafts Council Collection and The Museum of Fine Art, Houston. She is a member of Contemporary Applied Arts, The 62 Group of Textile Artists, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments will be available during the class. A delicious lunch will be served supplied by one of our neighbouring independent businesses. You will be contacted ahead of the course date with menu options. All materials are provided by Atelier Beside the Sea, although if you would like to work your own drawings and/or photographs please bring them along.


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



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with Craft Courses since 2021

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Suitable for beginners
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