Textile Classes

Cloth to Codex Explorations in Narrative | Books and Folios with Susan Purney Mark - Feb 1 and 2, 2024, 9:30-3:30

$210.00 CAD

Cloth to Codex Explorations in Narrative | Books and Folios with Susan Purney Mark -

Feb 1 and 2, 2024, 9:30-3:30 


In this workshop students will create 3-4 small books, folios or scrolls using a variety of surface design and stitch techniques. We will experiment with paints and inks, stenciling, altering, and adding to different surfaces, combining paper and fabrics to create foundations for more marks, stitches and colour. We can also eliminate areas by cutting back and opening pages and turning them into windows, creating alternative shapes and unusual books or scrolls. Each student will explore their own ideas, and each will have made very unique and individual work at the end.


About the teacher:

Award winning textile artist, Susan Purney Mark, lives on Pender Island BC, the traditional lands of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Tsawout peoples. She has been creating both contemporary wall and dimensional work since the early 1990’s and is known for her extensive experience in a wide range of surface design, dyeing, screen printing and wax resist techniques. She has trained with the London City and Guilds programme as well as the Ontario School of Art and Design and the Vancouver Island School of Art. Susan’s recent focus has involved an exploration of the Industrial Shoreline, drawing her ideas from her coastal travels and this work incorporates mark making, layers of paint and dyes with dense stitching both by hand and machine. Currently, her focus has involved mark making, text and narrative and she is working with controlled colour palette, a movement towards abstraction with layers of cloth and paper including recycled and “found” surfaces. She will often create layers paint and dyes into her pieces and is also exploring dimensional body/vessel forms. She is an active member of the fibre arts community in British Columbia, Canada and is a member of national/ international fibre and surface design associations. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking and along with her husband has built the best deer proof fence on Pender island!

Please note: Contemporaneous health guidelines will be in place. Students must bring their own water containers as well as paper towels.

All classes and workshops are non-refundable. Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the workshop or class date, will receive a 100% credit.