Richard Box


Nov 27 / 2 - 3.30 p.m. / Online Event

Richard studied painting at Hastings School of Art and then at Goldsmiths School of Art, where he discovered embroidery as a textile form of art. 

Since then, he has been developing and exhibiting his work in both these complementary disciplines. He also studied art history and the psychology of education as a mature, part-time student. 

He has had experience of teaching children of all ages from three to ninety-three: some as a full-time teacher and lecturer, others as part-time invited visitor. 


He retired from being head of art at Avery Hill college of education in 1965 and then became a free-lance agent. 

As an art historian, he lectures to the arts society (formally Nadfas) and to other societies. As a practising artist, he gives talks and runs practical workshops and courses to interested groups as well as established adult educational colleges. 

Although well past the official retirement age, Richard continues to practice his art, to teach and to lecture so long as he behaves himself. 

As well as the live event, this talk will be recorded and  tickets will be available to access the recording.



Lucy Adlington


Dec 9 / 7 - 8.30 p.m. / Online Event

Lucy Adlington is a British dress historian with more than twenty years’ experience researching social history.

Adlington runs History Wardrobe, a company which presents costume-in-context talks across the UK.

Her non-fiction publications include: Women's Lives and Clothes in WWII: Ready for Action and Stitches in Time - the Story of the Clothes we Wear.



Sewing To Survive

Historian Lucy Adlington discusses her new book The Dressmakers of Auschwitz with a special focus on the beauty and ingenuity of 1940s needlework.

New York Times bestseller The Dressmakers of Auschwitz tells the true story of a group of young Jewish women from Slovakia who were selected to sew in a dedicated fashion salon at Auschwitz, established by the camp commandant's wife.

Here they created beautiful gowns for elite SS women. In this fascinating presentation Lucy Adlington links their history to themes of wartime thrift and sewing skills - including embellishments and embroidery - showcasing a unique collection of textiles and garments from her collection.

We intend to record this event. If we are satisfied with the quality of the recording, then tickets will be made available to access the recording from December 13th.



Maria Wigley


Oct 14 / 7-8.30 p.m. / Online Event

Maria is a visual artist and an art and design lecturer living in the West Midlands. Primarily but not exclusively working with stitch, print and paint; Maria's art explores different modes of communication and the relationship between the written word and drawing through embroidery.


As an artist Maria pushes past new ways of using traditional textile methods such as free machine embroidery, hand embroidery and fabric manipulation with printmaking. It is her intention to steer away from the typical application of these techniques and processes. Each piece that she makes is unusual and unique. In this lecture, Maria spoke to us about her fascinating interdisciplinary practice.


Ninya Mikhaila


September 29 / 7-8.30 p.m. / Online Event

Ninya Mikhaila established her business making reconstructions of historic costumes for museums and heritage sites in 1994 after studying costume at the London College of Fashion. Her clients include Historic Royal Palaces, The Royal Armouries, The National Trust, English Heritage, The National Archives and Gainsborough’s House. Ninya recently featured in the BBC television series A Stitch in Time.


In this talk, Ninya shared insights and details of the research and construction process of the Black Prince episode of the BBC television series A Stitch in Time that didn't make it into the programme.


Angie Hughes


Sept 18 / 2-3.30 p.m. / Online Event

Angie is a textile artist and tutor, who lives and works in Ledbury, Herefordshire. She has been interested in textiles since she left school although only discovered creative embroidery in 1994 when she began studying City & Guilds at Malvern Hills College. Her artwork is inspired by many themes but particularly poetry or text and the natural world, particularly plant forms.


Many people find it hard to get started with ideas for making textile and embroidered pieces especially through the difficult times we are living in at present. In this talk, Angie explained how she begins a project and works through solving problems, researching and experimenting with materials and ideas, looking at books and Artists that inspire….


Nicky Barfoot


Aug 21 / 2-3.30 p.m. / Online Event

There are two sides to creating, the technical know-how and the ideas generation. As children we instinctively start with an idea and then problem solve how to express it using the tools at our fingertips. As we get older and more interested in specific techniques, we immerse ourselves more heavily in the technical ability. For stitch enthusiasts this often includes learning through books, workshops, kits and patterns. We seek out those skilled in the thing we want to be skilled in and see how they are doing it. We “copy” what we like and while an excellent way of learning and developing technical proficiency, the original driver of creating as an expression of our own personal ideas and take on the world may get lost along the way.


In this talk Nicky invited us into her process of staying creatively curious which, while disciplined in its execution, is playful at its heart. She shared how imagery and ideas for her textile work come through drawing, painting, printing and other artistic media to give those looking to find their own style, ideas on how they might start exploring their personal vision of creatively different.

Some of the feedback we received after Nicky's great talk:

“Thanks for a great talk.  Inspiring me to play in sketchbooks and journals more.”


“Nicky! You are officially my new creative crush!!!”


Please pass on my personal thanks to Nicky - she did a superb job for us.  So many ideas to loosen up and get going!”
“Thank you for a wonderful presentation.”

"That. Was. Incredible.

Nicky's talk was inspiring, uplifting, liberating, and somehow.... comforting– all at the same time."

“Lovely talk, thank you!”