Emily-Jo Gibbs

"I will demonstrate silk painting, layering and embroidery to cover the domes that will become your silk purse..."

Emily-Jo Gibbs

Spherical Silk Purse

4 days: 23rd-24th, 26th-27th August 2021   Fee: £460

Emily has been designing and making beautifully crafted sculptural evening bags since the 1990s. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of The V&A and The Crafts Council in London. We are thrilled to welcome her back to Summer School to share her secrets! 


What students will achieve

You will cover and decorate two buckram mesh domes, which are the basis of your purse. You can choose one of Emily’s designs or your own. Emily will offer different designs and demonstrate decorative techniques including using silk paint, layering and embroidery. Once both halves are covered and decorated you will learn to attach the metal frames, line your purse, sew a hinge, and finish off with cords and tassels.


Class kit

Emily has created a kit that includes net domes, metal frames, fabric for outers and linings, thread for cords and tassels and design for decoration. The kit costs £95.00.

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