Hothorpe Hall, Stitch Retreat, 19th – 21st October 2018

Shelley Rhodes

Mark, Manipulate, Make

You will use a personal collection of found objects as inspiration to explore mark making. Marks will be made by drawing, printing, stamping, scratching, dragging, dabbing, punching, piercing and dribbling, using a wide range of drawing media on a variety of surfaces.

Your own set of hand-made drawing tools will help you to explore the calligraphic and gestural mark, introducing words and text as a form of mark making. Consideration will be given to the concept multiples, repetition and changes in scale.

You will then manipulate your mark making by chopping, folding, layering, joining, stitching, rearranging and reworking. Your work will be altered and transformed into a book format, a range of samples or the start of a new piece of work.

You will be given a list of things to bring and the tutor will bring some specialist papers and fabric that can be bought at cost price.

Shelley Rhodes

Shelley is a contemporary mixed media artist who combines fabric, paper and stitch with drawings and prints. She collects, arranges and assembles found objects which she uses as a starting point for further drawing, dying, printing and mark making. She builds up layers, editing and altering as the work progresses, hiding then revealing, constantly adding and subtracting elements.

Shelley finds inspiration on her travels and constantly records her observations in sketchbooks and journals.

Working from her studio in the north of England, Shelley teaches workshops throughout the UK and abroad. She has been a member of the Textile Study Group since 2007. Her first book ‘Sketchbook Explorations’ is due to be published just before this Stitch Retreat, by Batsford in Autumn 2018.


All accommodation and food is included in the price of the Stitch Retreat – £345.

  • Unlimited teas/coffees/soft drinks/biscuits
  • 2 course hot/cold restaurant lunch
  • 3 course carvery style dinner
  • Accommodation in double ensuite bedrooms – you have your own room!
  • Full English or continental breakfast
  • Free parking


To book, just complete your details below and we will contact you to confirm details and availability. Call Nichola for a chat about any of the workshops on 07743 928089 or email