Summer school: batik cushions and bags

Totnes Rugby Club, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This is a creative course for the complete novice or those with some sewing or art experience. Taught in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Drawing skills not necessary. Come and make something beautiful and have some fun.

Course content

Batik is a textile technique of wax-resist dyeing, but can be used in a creative way by ‘drawing’ with hot wax and then painting with inks to control the design. During this workshop, you will learn some simple batik techniques using traditional tools onto fabric. You will learn how to use colour and layer inks and hot wax to build your unique design which can then be stitched into a simple bag or cushion cover. If you have never used a sewing machine before then this is a good opportunity to learn. Those with more sewing machine experience may wish to embellish their designs using the embroidery foot. You will see how artists and designers have used batik in a creative way and will be inspired by this beautiful technique.

Support and feedback

The tutor will be there for demonstrations 1:1 feedback, help and support.

Additional costs and requirements

No previous experience necessary. You may wish to bring an apron. If you have a design or idea of what you want to create then it may be useful to bring along.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

With a background in state education and community arts, Elena believes passionately in nurturing the artist that dwells within us all. Having fun and enjoying the process is central to this core belief. She aims to maintain a supportive environment for all to enjoy the creative process at every level.

Elena has been teaching a wide range of Art, Craft, Textiles, Photography and environmental education for over 13 years. She has a degree in Visual Communication and specialised in Photography at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. This led to an interest in experimental techniques exploring the rich history of the medium including homemade and box cameras. Her professional work includes working with a professional commercial photographer and animation production in London. Elena has pursued a wide range of creative processes since then including illustration, green woodworking and puppetry. Perhaps inspired by a family background in tailoring and millinery, she is a keen maker using textile techniques such as batik, felt and stitch.

Start date18 July 2019
End date18 July 2019
Start time10:00
End time15:30
Concessions not available