Creative Textile tutor, Mel Baugh features in Aspire magazine04-May-2017
Our tutor Melanie Baugh creates beautiful art inspired by personal experience and the spectacular colours found in the natural world in the Vale of Clwyd in Wales where she lives, works and teaches. Her story has been documented in Aspire magazine.
Melanie reflects, “I’ve always enjoyed sewing and was taught as a child. Growing up I would make my own clothes and later soft furnishing for my home. We moved to an old house during the Changing Rooms era so seemed to spend many hours walking around the house sewing machine in one hand, paintbrush in the other; this need to be constantly decorating lead me to sign up for a City and Guilds Interior Decorative Techniques course in 1998. This course introduced me to an excellent tutor whose
specialism was textiles; I was so inspired by her I signed up to do her two-year HND course in Stitched and Constructed
Textiles in 2001 at West Cheshire College in Ellesmere Port and have been hooked on textile art ever since.
Melanie completed a PGCE in textiles at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru and has since been teaching textiles to adults.
“The courses I teach cover a wide variety of textile art techniques and my planning for future terms responds to suggestions from the groups. Recent courses have included such things as eco-printing, ice dyeing, heating and burning synthetic fabrics, free motion machine embroidery and hand stitch. I also include design development techniques so that learners are able to produce their own unique pieces.”
Melanie’s own work will be on display at Funky Aardvark, Chester from the 15th July for two weeks. She will be opening her studio to visitors during the first two weekends in September (2nd/3rd and 9th/10th) as part of Helfa Gelf, the Open Studio event across North Wales.