Cloth for collage
An online making session 
Sunday 17 January 2021

Led by artist Denise Zygadlo
Online, free
For ages 16+
10 spaces available
(5 spaces reserved for participants based in Dumfries & Galloway)

This January, join artist Denise Zygadlo for Cloth For Collage, an online making session.

The session will take place on Zoom on Sunday 17 January 2021 between 2pm and 3.30pm.

In this making session you will work with a variety of plain fabrics, experimenting with some to create printed textures. You will find ways of cutting shapes from the plain and textured pieces of fabric to construct an abstract collage, using simple stitches.

Denise will give short demonstrations at each stage before having a go and making together.

This is a fun, experimental session using kitchen utensils and things we have around the house to share ideas and spark creativity! It can be as messy as you like, so wear an apron and have some wipes handy. No experience or preparation necessary.

The session will be divided into two parts: the messy printing part, and then selecting pieces to make a collage and experimenting with stitching.

Denise will be making a collage during the session along with you and happy to chat and answer questions throughout.

We’ll provide a list of materials and things to have to hand, and will be happy to send a small package of fabric bits to anyone that books and would like to receive.

Denise Zygadlo lives and works in Dumfriesshire in southwest Scotland. Her work includes drawing, printing, performance and installation. Trained in printed textiles, Denise worked with several design studios, before moving from London to Dumfries in 1980.

Of her work, Denise has said: ‘Cloth is evident in most of my work. I am interested in the emotional connection we have with cloth throughout our lives and use this as inspiration, whether through drawing or collage. I make small and large-scale works and am currently working on the theme of ‘kept cloth’, looking at the clothes we treasure and the stories they hold for us.’

You can find out more about Denise and her practice via Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh 

Do I need to have any experience to participate?

No, you don’t need any experience. Denise has designed the session to suit all abilities, including those who have no previous experience in fabric, stitching or printmaking, as well as those who have tried them before or who practice them more regularly.

What materials or tools will I need?

We will send a list of what you will need for the session upon booking. You should be able to source the majority of the materials for each session easily – these include bits of fabric, kitchen utensils, needle and thread, scissors, paint or ink. 

We can also send you a package of fabric bits if you would like.

Where will the classes take place?

The classes will take place on Zoom. A link will be sent to you once you book.

Do I need to do much preparation in advance?

You’ll need to gather the materials ready, but no practice or work needs to be done in advance.

If you would like further information prior to booking, email us on

Please note, the session will be recorded, and will be available to those attending to watch again as a replay