All our tutors have had their work featured in the BWG Journal and on show at the Guild’s exhibition in Northampton 2009.
Claire Crouchley is an award winning designer, with several BWG Challenge wins to her name. The BWG Journal has featured a number of her articles, including two on colour and design. She has had articles published in various other magazines and she is the author of the Beaders Bible which is a book full of small colourful patterns. Claire has taught for the Guild on a number of occasions, both in London and at The Great British Bead Show.
Grace Skill has a love of colour and the talent to use it. Grace’s work has featured in the BWG Journal on several occasions, Beaded Beads in April 2005, her gorgeous beaded pots in Jan 2006 and in Jan 2007 more beaded beads and felt beads too. Grace approaches colour from an experimental direction. Rather than use the formal theory, she prefers to use a less structured approach, looking at nature and other places for inspiring combinations of colour. One of her most colourful pieces ‘Embellished Beads’ was a Challenge entry in 2004 on the ‘Exotic’ theme. Grace’s enthusiasm for the subject is sure to inspire you.
Sylvia Fairhurst is an experienced designer, who takes inspiration from many areas, some quite obscure. Her approaches vary, sometimes it will be pencil and paper, sometimes it will be a practical session with beads and experimenting with the ‘what if’ scenario. Other times shapes will come to mind and how multiples interact. Sylvia aims to help you to identify the basic principals of designing and guide you, through activities, to make your own design before the day is done.
Stephney Hornblow is a well travelled beader, her love of African beadwork is well known. Inspiration can come to Stephney from the oddest of places, she loves dealing with ‘found objects’, designing and beading works of art or decorative objects. Designing begins with an idea, which sometimes needs a little time to process but eventually a spark will light and it takes flight. Stephney aims to help you to identify the basic principals of designing and guide you through activities, to make your own design before the day is done.