The first of these masterclasses was held in Newburgh, a deceptively quiet village on the south bank of Scotland's beautiful Tay River: and as a local gentleman was overheard to say "steeped in history, we don't know how lucky we are".
The site-specific four-day intensive masterclass focussed on the deep experience of place through immersion in this very particular tidal riparian landscape.
Using cloth, stitch, paper and locally gathered plant dyes along with drawing, writing, mark-making and paper-folding we each constructed a small and intricate workbook mapping the journey of our time together, a hand stitched bag to keep it safe and a felted blue 'river' to wrap around it.
Walking was an essential component of our work. There was music. There were rich silences. Times of deep listening, experiential drawing and the gathering of "gorgeous nothings"...spontaneous poetry noted while wandering as well as performances of aleatory poetry created by reading together.
"This course was exceptional, mainly because it really was a Master Class. We had a Master who gave unstintingly of her knowledge and experience, in an environment equipped to provide everything that was needed.The unexpected extra that enriched the experience was being with the group of women who came together. By our creative nature we are inclined to inner focus, and many of us work alone, or in isolation, and quite happily. So coming together with a number of women, from diverse backgrounds and experience, and gradually forming bonds of common understanding over 4 days, gave rewards far greater than I could have envisaged. The depths of experience, knowledge and strength in that group was astounding. It was a privilege to participate."
another perspective on the class can be found here: