New Online Workshop

I have been trying to pretend that things were very soon going back to normal and that I would be teaching in person again soon. But sadly that doesn’t seem to be the case, and so I have put together a one day online Zoom workshop where I will be present online all day to teach, offer advice and chat to you.

This first online workshop will be looking at how to make 3-D textile sculpture using stiffened cloth and I have called it Sculptural Pockets.

As you may have noticed making containers and objects is a big part of my practice. It connects to the idea of ‘Holding Place’ – a play on words that suggest either a place for holding things, or, a way of evoking (or holding) the landscape through the materials and processes used.

I often (well everyday really) pick up objects put them in my pocket and I question myself, asking ‘What do I pick up and where and how do I put it down? ’ We will be addressing these questions during the workshop and I will be sharing some of the processes and techniques I use for designing and making sculptural objects. There will be plenty of time for you to experiment and try out techniques and as I will be at the other end of your computer all the time you can ask as many questions as you like.

The workshop will give you the opportunity to learn the basic techniques that I use for making 3-D objects and will give you the confidence to go forward to experiment with shape, form and materials in your own practice afterwards.

I have also been busy preparing lots of back up material to go alongside the workshop and I have produced a digital instruction booklet with photos and information, and a new digital booklet of my recent work that will only be available to those doing workshops that I will send before the workshop. I have also taken a tentative step into making videos and have produced a virtual visit to my studio. It is a visual exploration of containers and objects that I have made and it has a peek at a new installation that I am currently making and presently is hanging around in there.

If you are interested there is more information here and you can book it here.

10 thoughts on “New Online Workshop

  1. Chris

    Hello Debbie, I was wondering if this is a different workshop than the workshop I followed with last year?
    Love your work very much.
    Chris De Clercq

  2. norahstocker

    Hello debbie

    Have signed up for pocket workshop but want to pay by card?? Let me know please. I don’t use paypal anymore

    Many thanks Norah Stocker

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  3. sally tyrie

    Wow Debbie, I would love to do this workshop and went on the site to take a look.

    Do you think you will be doing anything later In the year? Either online or Live.

    The reason I am asking is that I am putting together an application for funding to attend some workshops. Your one looks especially pertinent as I am wanting to develop ideas towards more 3D structures. Using paper and fabric and found materials.

    So, March is before I would hear if the funding is available.

    Also, do you do mentoring?

    The fund is a bit tight, but I might be able to put in an amount for mentoring if I take something else out.

    It’s the DYCP grants and I wouldn’t know till end of April if I had it.

    Kind regards

    Sally Tyrie

    From: debbie lyddon Reply to: debbie lyddon Date: Monday, 1 February 2021 at 11:01 To: Subject: [New post] New Online Workshop

    debbielyddon posted: ” I have been trying to pretend that things were very soon going back to normal and that I would be teaching in person again soon. But sadly that doesn’t seem to be the case, and so I have put together a one day online Zoom workshop where I will be present”

    1. debbielyddon Post author

      Hi Sally,
      I will probably be putting up dates throughout the year – it really depends on how things go and how much interest there is.
      I also do mentoring and would be very happy to help you there!

  4. Barbara McCaffrey

    Hi Debbie I’m really interested in taking your online course but 10am gst is 2am pacific time here in British Columbia. If I join, will there be a recording I can utilize to do the course? Barbara

    1. debbielyddon Post author

      Hi Barbara,

      There will be a recording but you will miss out on the personal contact which is really the main point of the workshop. I intend to put up a date later in the month which starts later in the day UK time especially for people in the US and Canada (2pm – 8pm). It will still be an early start for you …… but not so early!

  5. Andra Stanton


    I missed registration for your course because I was on the road to get my Covid vaccine!!!

    If you get a cancellation, please let me know!!!!!

    Thanks, Andra Stanton Author, Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists (Schiffer 2018)

    1. debbielyddon Post author

      Hi Andra, Lovely to hear from you! I am going to put up a workshop timed to be more US/Canada friendly towards the end of the week. It will run 2pm-8pm GMT. Probably still an early start but not quite as bad! Keep an eye on my website/insta/shop. D x


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