Meet the Tutors

Maxine Lowery – needle felt tutor

Maxine Lowery

Maxine’s artistic talent were evident early. She drew and painted at school and brings a quirky imagination to her creations. She excels at 3D images and has a reputation for spectacular cake decoration. She enjoys painting, drawing and sewing, but her passion is needle felting. Maxine has a love of nature and by studying photographs and pictures she brings her creations to life, giving them each a unique character.

See more of maxine’s work on her facebook page

Hannah Turlington – lino print tutor

Hannah is a lino printer whose work is inspired by events in her life. She loves to explore nature and finds beauty in nature’s tiny details. These observations are transformed into designs for wallpaper and fabric. Hannah is a trained teacher and loves sharing her passion for nature, life and lino printing in her fun, relaxing workshops.

Paul Dore – leatherwork tutor

Paul trained as a cabinet maker, crafting bespoke furniture from a range of beautiful woods. He also has a love of the outdoors and a passion for making things from the materials nature provides.  Paul’s involvement in Historical Re-Enactment led him to develop his skills to make his own equipment and uniform items in Wool, Canvas, Wood and Leather.

In 2014 he left Cabinet making to pursue his dream of becoming a self employed leatherworker. More recently he has started running courses in Firecraft, Archery, Foraging and Leathercraft. We are delighted he has agreed to share his skills and become part of our team of talented tutors.

Cath – owner and spinning and wet felt tutor

I love sharing my knowledge and skills and introducing others to the wonderful world of spinning

My spinning journey start when I was off work with depression and a kind friend encouraged me to spin, knowing its healing properties. I made a full recovery, however the addiction to spinning has remained. Courses by Sue McNiven and Priscilla Lowry opened my eyes to a new level of spinning. Since then I have complete the New Zealand certificate in spinning wool (merit 2017) and the UK Certificate of Achievement (COA) (distinction 2018). I am now collaborating with my mentor Alison Daykin to write a spinning book.

Wet felting is another passion inspired by Sheila Smith, author of fabulous feting books, Liz of heartfelt by liz and Andrea Hunter, phenomenal felt artist.