Our People

First and foremost above all things we are teachers. Our mission is to impart knowledge and facilitate success and creativity. We are innovators in the field of distance learning alongside our roles as designers,  creatives, researchers. and master practitioners who combine to support, lead and encourage. 

Click on a piece of work below to enlarge and read about which team member fashioned it. We feel this introduction to our work says more about us as individuals than a portrait photograph could ever do.

Gail Cowley
Gail is Head of Centre and a Technology Enhanced Learning Specialist. She has numerous City & Guilds qualifications, Teaching Certificate in Adult and Further Education, BTEC Diploma in Art & Design, Bachelor of Design (Hons) specializing in design for Textiles & Metal, Post Grad Cert in Education, MA in Education, a near completed PhD in Education, interest in graphics & computer aided design. Gail enjoys gardening, walking and Hatha yoga in her free time.

Marj Rutter
Marj has a strong interest in textiles of all types and has a number of City & Guilds certificates in Embroidery and Art & Design. She also has numerous qualifications in computer and business studies and has worked as a project manager. In her spare time Marj enjoy visiting new exhibitions at Galleries, Photography, Power and Nordic walking, Bike riding, Ashtanga Yoga and giving a new lease of life to old unloved furniture.

Beryl Burton
Beryl specializes in Patchwork and Quilting and holds numerous City & Guilds certificates in Embroidery, Patchwork & Quilting, Lingerie and Dressmaking along with an Adult and Further Education Teaching Certificate. She is most interested in the more traditional patchwork techniques such as American blocks and hand piecing like Grandmother's Garden, which she likes to see given a modern twist. She particularly enjoys sampler quilts and manipulative techniques.

Janet Gledhill
Janet completed both her City & Guilds Level 3 and Diploma in Patchwork & Quilting with the School of Stitched Textiles. She is a keen artist and enjoys experimenting with different types of mediums. Janet is a member of the Quilters Guild Contemporary Group as well as SAQA. After recently giving up full time employment, Janet is able to devote more time to textile skills. Her favorite techniques are machine quilting and piecing.

Elizabeth Harcourt
Elizabeth is based in Wellington, New Zealand and stitches as a way of self-expression. She is a member of the "Fish Pie Stitch Group", who meet regularly to challenge and support each other and exhibit together. Mentoring textile art students gives Elizabeth great pleasure, as does sharing in their discoveries and development. Elizabeth exhibits her own work at Thistle Hall (Wellington), and at the book shop Minerva's exhibition space in Cuba Street, Wellington.

Karen Quickfall
Karen completed her City & Guilds Level 3 and Diploma in Embroidery with SST a number of years ago and has since specialized in Stumpwork, Needle Lace and Ruskin Lace - a type of embroidered lace crossing Needle Lace and Counted Thread work - indigenous to the Lake District in the north of England. Karen loves the outdoors and is a keen orienteer; attending and taking part in many of the UK events.