Introduction to studio practice

This 1 year Study Program  is now in it 4th year and proving a very popular course for artist who want to further their design and  tapestry skills.

The Course.

1st year program consists of 3 x 3-day workshops. Between each workshop you will be expected to commit to a period of guided and self-directed study through a series of projects, encouraging you to follow your own line of research and enquiry. Developing a body of visual research in both design and weaving techniques. Your independent study will be supported by a mid-session feedback from your tutor.

Each workshop will start with a group discussion on the work you have developed, giving you the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with the group.

There is no written/essay element to this course, but students will be expected to document their research on a chosen subject, contemporary artists, and exhibitions, as a way of reflecting on their practice.

On completion of this course there is no qualification, but I am happy to provide letters of reference.

The workshops will be held in the creative environment of my weaving studio at WASPS studio, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. EH3 5AY

Course content

On singing up for the course you will be sent

  • Course outline.  Introduction to studio practice.
  • Study program for the year 1
  • Project 1. Building a visual resource

Workshop 1                                                                                                             28 – 30 September 2022

Approaching tapestry. Back to basics

  • Project 2. Technique. Exploring warp and weft
  • Project 3. Design. Finding inspiration/building visual vocabulary/mark making
  • Project 4. Research. Contemporary art

Feedback session/deadline                                                                                          25 November 2022

Workshop 2.                                                                                                                25 – 27 January 2023

Translation – from design to weave

  • Project 5. Weaving both ways
  • Project 6. Colour studies for woven tapestry.
  • Project 7. Art and theme

Feedback session/deadline                                                                                                  24 March 2023

Workshop 3                                                                                                                         10 – 12 May 2023

  • Finishing touches. How to finish and present tapestry.
  • Project 8. Personal project

Final feedback session/deadline.                                                                                 Date to be arranged

Entry requirements.                                                                                Applying for a place on the course

Places on this course are limited. This course is open to creative practitioners (weavers, painters, sculptors or designers) with some experience of tapestry weaving or students who have a have attended a beginners or introduction to tapestry course, with me or other artist/organizations. Students should have a basic knowledge of tapestry weaving alongside evidence of creative engagement. This could be sketchbooks or work in other mediums – painting, printmaking, photography, textile design, etc

A commitment to attending all 3 workshop and engaging with the feedback sessions is essential. On booking you will be asked to provide some examples of your work (max 8 images) and a short ½ page statement about your work and motivation for applying for the course. This will help to give me an idea of what stage you are at in your creative journey, allowing me to give individual and directed teaching. For further information about the course, please call 07877457332 or email


1st year Introduction to studio practice.  £995.

Deposit of £395 on booking to secure your place. Followed by the balance of £600, 4 weeks before start of the course or 6 monthly payment plan of £100 (January – June)

Your tutor

Fiona Hutchison is a graduate from the tapestry department, Edinburgh College of Art. Teaching is an important part of her creative practice, and she has been running workshops from her Edinburgh studio for over 20years. She also teaches workshops for Dovecot studio, West dean College and Edinburgh University. When not teaching she develops here own work to commission and for exhibition in the UK, Europe and internationally.